Category: Rides in New Places

Sometimes I like to head off somewhere completely new with my bike and see what the riding is like there. I’ve been cycling in France in each of the previous two years but closer to home there are places like North Wales, Lancashire and Yorkshire where I’d previously never been. We all get bored riding in the same place so it’s good to broaden the horizons every now and again!

Think of the posts below as a sort of cycling tourism and ideas for your next trip somewhere new!

Silverstone Dolan TT Bike

Riding the Silverstone F1 Circuit on a TT bike

I’ve managed to ride a bike or go around a couple of F1 circuits so far – including far away ones like Albert Park in Melbourne. The last time I got to ride on Silverstone was in the pre-Strava days (yes, they did exist and no, I’m not that old) back in 2011. Back then it was a chance for the circuit’s owners, the BRDC,...

Paris Roubaix Sportive 2018 Didi the Devil

Paris Roubaix 2018 Sportive Review

I rode Paris Roubaix once before in 2013, it was…interesting. I ended up riding a route of my own after puncturing and needing to chop off a corner to catch up. A group of friends suggested riding it again this year and wanting to banish the demons of 5 years ago, I said yes straight away but inside I was hesitant. We all headed down...

Climbing Sa Calobra – Mallorca

Recently we took the chance to get some winter sun by heading over to Mallorca for a long weekend with 3 days of riding.  We picked a good time as it snowed at home and the temperature in Mallorca crept up gradually to 21 degrees by the last day. By going at the end of January we managed to pay a visit before any of...

Malta Gozo Climbing Cliff Edge

Mountain Biking in Gozo (Malta)

I’ve spent the last week having fun in Malta with Hannah, avoiding the winter snow back in the UK. We decided that a bike tour of Gozo, Malta’s second biggest island, was the best way to see things. In a rare occurrence, we would also be mountain biking as in Gozo road bikes aren’t de rigueur due to the rough roads. Obviously when going somewhere...

The Great Orme Llandudno North Wales

Climbing Around The Great Orme

I’ve always enjoyed riding in North Wales, places like Stwlan Dam and most of Snowdonia. Unfortunately this weekend I didn’t get to cover many miles but did get to have a solid go at some favourite climbs, including the Great Orme. This would be my first time in a couple of years. The Great Orme I love cycling round the Great Orme. I’ve been round...

Stwlan Dam

Climbing the Stwlan Dam Road

I’ve written about riding in North Wales before here, but the weather this weekend reduced us to just short blasts around points of interest such as Stwlan Dam. Stwlan Dam I’d wanted to ride up to Stwlan Dam ever since seeing it in Cyclist magazine a few years ago but always stayed too far away from it to ride there. Staying further south in Porthmadog...