To kick things off for our year of microadventure Fabian & I decided to head out to the South Downs for a night of wild camping and a brisk cycle to the Roman town of Chichester. Our initial plan was to cycle to Winchester and camp out in the National Forest but let’s just say that Google Maps’ beta cycling maps are less than ideal (we spent an hour navigating Guildford Research Park going around in circles following the robotic directions of the charming Googlebot lady). Continue reading
Late last year the inspirational Al Humphreys threw down the gauntlet to all aspiring adventurers and desk jockeys – to commit to twelve microadventures in twelve months. The simple premise of the ‘microadventure’ is to do something out of the ordinary and to have fun doing it, to break the daily routine and step outside for a breath of fresh air and rejuvenation. We love this idea, as did the Royal Geographic Society (Al won Adventurer of the Year for this in 2012), so we’ve taken the bait and are absolutely chomping at the bit to take part. Continue reading
The Dunwich Dynamo, the dun run, the French might call it ‘the beautiful madness’. Whatever you call it, the dun-run is a whole lot of adventure packed in to a single night. This year, my third, we (Fabian and I) got a group of newbies together to tackle the 120 mile night ride to the coast. A motley crew of mainly girlfriends, friends and a German intern called Silvan. Continue reading
It’s the first week in April, a season notorious for rain but capable of any kind of weather. The destination – Devon, famed for it’s spectacular coast line, picturesque cottages and bad ass cream teas. The perfect way to kick off 2012. Continue reading
No training program would be complete without a 120 mile night ride would it?! Well that’s what we thought anyway. We seem to have made it our intention to to ride in the most unpleasant conditions we can think of in preparation for the Really Big Bike Ride. We’ve done raging headwinds, torrential rain, heavy traffic and killer climbs so it seemed only natural to progress with some good old fashioned darkness and sleep deprivation. With this in mind we rolled up at the Pub on The Park in Hackney, London at half past 8PM to join the masses for the 19th annual Dunwich Dynamo! Continue reading
This two day ride saw us collect the new bikes from Harrogate and head for Leek. Friday morning was possibly the most exciting day since the beginning of time, for me it was, for Ade too probably, we were picking up our brand spanking new Dawes Ultra Galaxy 2011 Touring Bikes. Let me tell you, they are a total pleasure to ride, the smoothest, most comfortable ride ever. Very, very chuffed.
This was a classic ride indeed, with some of the toughest climbs in the country, including Wrynose Pass and Hardnott Pass, this one is not for the feint hearted. Continue reading