8 UK bike rides that will inspire you to plan better cycling routes

Tackle these stunning UK bike rides to improve your own cycling routes and see the best of the countryside

Since the early 2000’s we’ve cycled all over the country exploring the best bike rides the UK has to offer.

There are a couple of simple rules that we follow when planning a cycle route for a fun and enjoyable UK bike ride.

Stick to B roads, take the scenic route even if it’s longer, embrace the climbs, trust local intel, shoot for 60 mile /100 km per day average, look for a natural feature such as a river or head for the coast.

These loose principles have seen us right over the years. They’ll help you to plan your own awesome cycle routes for epic UK bike rides.

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cycling the atlas mountains in morocco

Cycling in Morocco; crossing the Atlas mountains by bike

A ten day bike trip cycling in Morocco

This blog post about cycling in Morocco shares the story of our ten day bike adventure from Marrakech, across the Atlas mountains to Agadir, along the coast to Essaouira then back to Marrakech.

We traveled in autumn 2012, as far as I can remember. It was the first time I’d cycled in Africa and was to become one of my favourite bike trips.

We enjoyed wonderful hospitality, overcame mechanical failures and airline delays and survived heat stroke in the desert. An action packed cycling adventure in Morocco.

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Five yoga stretches for cyclists that I love

These five simple daily stretches will make you more flexible and stronger on the bike

In this article on yoga stretches for cyclists I’m going to share my favourite daily yoga sequence that help support flexibility, strength and performance on the bike.

My top five yoga postures for cyclists to make you more flexible:

Sun salutation
Supine spine twist
Camel pose
Pigeon pose
Lunges

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end of the road at dunwich, the lost city

The Dunwich Dynamo; a night of beautiful madness

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.

I’ve taken part in this iconic event three times; 2011, 2013 and 2014. In this article I’m sharing the account of each ride. My hope is that these short stories will inspire you to take part in the next Dun Run in 2021Continue reading

My complete cycle touring kit list for a really big bike ride

After more than a decade of blogging about adventurous journeys by bike I’ve a thing to two to share about the what constitutes a reliable cycle touring kit list. I’ll be the first to admit that while I have a spartan attitude to what’s needed to complete a successful bike tour, there are a few essential items that can make a long term bike adventure more comfortable by orders of magnitude. In this adventure cycling kit list I’ll share some of those discretionary purchases alongside the absolutely must-haves that cost little but are everyday life savers.

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My top five books about cycle touring to inspire your next journey

I came to cycling literature in a back to front fashion. I’d already made a handful of adventurous journeys by bike before I’d read any of the books I’m about to recommend. I was introduced to cycle touring my best friend, Adrian. He invited me along on a coast to coast ride – Barrow in Furness to Whitby – in 2008 and I never looked back. I guess that says something about how I learn new things and step into new realities.

After Adrian and I completed our 2011 charity challenge to cycle 20 countries in 100 days I found that books about cycle touring became an important part of the planning stages of my next journey. I was plotting a solo trip which meant I would have to plan the route and logistics for myself. 

The books about cycle touring* that I’ve most loved are stories and adventures that I’ve enjoyed in the years since I returned from my own bike journey from Vietnam to the UK. I read these stories to reminisce and to remember the feeling of being out on the road. It’s an important ritual for me. The bond of connection through shared experience is something I value.

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Royal Enfield Thunderbird 350 in Dharamshala

How to plan, prepare and pull off an all India motorcycle tour 

A chancers guide to riding a motorcycle around India

I’ll let you in on a little secret: there’s no finer way to see the world than on two wheels. An all India motorcycle tour is one of those iconic journeys that you read about in glossy travel magazines; a hulk of a man with chiseled features and a thousand yard stare straddling a shiny metal rocket in the high mountains of Ladakh. You know the one, the guy in the Belstaff jacket casually stroking his chin to flash the Submariner.

Well, here’s the secret: you can do it too. With a little planning, a bit of common sense and a couple of grand in the bank, you too can take on an all India motorcycle trip and live to tell the tale.

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Visit the Cycle Touring Festival for bikes, rides and routes

The Cycle Touring Festival at Waddow Hall in Clitheroe is a freewheeling fun weekend of bikes, rides and routes.

The Cycle Touring Festival is something of a homecoming. In 2015 I set off on my most recent journey. My first big solo trip: UK – Vietnam – UK.

There’s a beautiful symmetry to this year’s event since I’ll be there to give a talk about my experiences from the last two years on the road.

In fact I’ll be giving two talks; one about cycle touring in Burma, India and Nepal and the second talk titled The Consciousness Cycle, is about the life affirming effect of long distance bike travel.

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