After cycling together across the country we decided to take things even further and hired a tandem from Cycle Hub. Neither of us had ever ridden a tandem before so it was a bit of an adventure! Our ride started with an explanation of the … Continue reading It takes two baby!
This past weekend we rode the Velo Retro sportive out of Ulverston, in Cumbria in the Lake District. We came up on Friday for the Sunday ride and stayed in the Bay Horse Hotel—highly recommended for its beautiful view across Morecambe Bay. It was about … Continue reading Velo Retro, Ulverston
We arrived earlier today in Ulverston, the Lake District, for Velo Retro which takes place across the weekend. We’ll be riding out on Sunday, though we met a remarkably ambitious woman who is leaving at 3 in the morning as she’s riding The Mighty Corinthian tomorrow. This ride is 300 kilometres or about 190 miles! The weather tomorrow is predicted to be heavy rain or, at times, light rain. Our thoughts are with her.
Our plans are more modest and start with a sleep-in and late breakfast! We’re staying at The Bay Horse in Canal Foot, where the short canal from Ulverston meets Morecambe Bay. So today, we’ve had a pleasant and easy 2 mile ride along the canal into Ulverston, dinner and a good ride back. Tomorrow we plan to potter around a bit more before the ride on Sunday. We riding Le Loafeur, 47 kilometres around Coniston Water with a food stop at the far end. Should be a good ride…if the rain keeps off.
I have very conflicted feelings about eroica in Britannia. On one hand, I like old bicycles and I like the people who love them, rebuild them and ride them. On the other hand, I often feel that the people who organise the event have almost … Continue reading eroica in Britannia
It was a beautiful Sunday, so we cleaned up the Coventry Eagle that we bought at Eroica Britannia last year, fixed the flat and got it running again. It’s a Coventry-built Coventry Eagle. Modern diamond-frame bicycles were invented here in Coventry (see my earlier post … Continue reading Coventry Eagle
Last December, a French cyclist, Robert Marchand, created a new cycling record, the fastest hour for a cyclist over 105 years old. He cycled 22.547 km, or 14 miles in an hour. His feat was fairly widely reported (here is the Guardian report https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/jan/04/105-year-old-man-sets-record-cycling-14-miles-hour-robert-marchand and … Continue reading Robert Marchand
There are times when I wonder what I am doing this for—this being cycling. On Sunday, I rode out on the well-named Mad March Hare sportive from Wythall, near Birmingham. The weather hovered about freezing; there was a steady stream of hail, rain and slush … Continue reading Mad March Madness