Our girls French trip was a real eye opener for me. Here I was with a riding partner that I loved to ride with, who had a similar pace to me, but who had very different rest & recovery requirements to me. This could be a real problem. We needed a way forwards, but I had no idea what that was to be. Just a couple of weeks later, was the infamous Bryan Chapman 600k.....
When I last wrote on this subject it was Spring, I was full of excitement, and really happy that I was going to be riding this attempt as part of a team. Myself & my friend Laura were to be riding, and my husband (The Hubster) would play a supporting role providing ‘domestique’ duties at each control ensuring a consistent supply of food, a guaranteed bed at any control we needed, fresh clothes, and batteries/chargers for our electronics. This support was to be with Dora, our trusty Transit Van.
The first proper day of our Dutch adventure was a food tour in Amsterdam. We had booked this in advance and was to be a 4 hour walking tour to include food and drinks at various locations, along with a potted history of each type of typically Dutch food. As a surprise, our guide had... Continue Reading →
My husband and I have been taking holidays by bike for years. There are pro’s and cons though. Luggage restrictions You can’t take much luggage, so it forces you to really think hard about what to pack. At some point on the trip you will have to transport it all. You don’t want to take... Continue Reading →
Ever since my first attempt at PBP in 2015, I knew that I would probably have another go at completing it. It was such an experience, and I knew what I did wrong, so figured I had another 4 years to work things out and fix them. What is PBP you may ask?PBP stands for... Continue Reading →
I'm always interested in following stories of women cyclists taking on Epic challenges, especially when the odds are stacked against them. A couple of weeks ago I came across a link for a young lady called Natalie Wilson - aka Zebra on a Bike. She suffers from a debilitating illness called Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome (or EDS),... Continue Reading →
A few days ago, a couple of the guys from the fast pace group in our club posted that they were going to do an overnight ride to Brighton and back - made up to a 200k distance, in the 2nd week in February. Would anyone like to come along for all or part of... Continue Reading →
Why are women so down on themselves?
On 7th January 2018 I had a plan. A ride that’s in our club’s annual Audax calendar is the 100k Watership Down ride. It’s there every year, and in my early Audax days I entered this for a couple of years on the trot. The ride is hosted by Winchester CTC, starts in Kings Worthy,... Continue Reading →