Category: Rides in New Places

Derby Velodrome

Derby Velodrome Track Cycling Taster Session

I’ve been wanting to have a play on a velodrome for awhile, especially after going to the World Championships last year. I did have some worries however. Riding a bike without brakes removes one safety net and the banking, which always looks massive when you’re not on it. When we got to Derby Velodrome and saw it for the first time, it looked huge. Having...

It's the Amstel Gold Race windmill!

Cycling Brussels to Cologne – First Touring Experience

Birmingham to Maastricht At the start of the year we came up with a plan to visit Cologne for a beer festival and combine it cycling somehow. Not wanting to waste time cycling from home we took the Eurostar to Brussels to head off from there. It meant leaving home at 5am to head into town, briefly smashing one of my panniers on a bollard...

Cycling up Snowdon on a Road Bike

I think it’s becoming obvious that I like to set myself a challenge and see what I can do with a bike. It started with various sportives, then a 200km Audax, then London to Paris in under 24 hours, trips across Belgium and now taking my bike to the highest point in England and Wales, Snowdon. I first mooted the idea to George in the...

London to Paris Arc de Triomphe

London to Paris in Under 24 hours

Right so in the traditional Christmas style, gather round children, I have a story or two to tell… I’ve been very neglectful and haven’t been writing for awhile and eventually the guilt and haranguing from family members has meant that my last acts of 2015 will be to finally write up my Dunwich Dynamo and London to Paris experiences and enter 2016 with a clean...

Snowdonia National Park Sign

North Wales Cycling – 3 Rides in Easter Week

I spent a few days up in North Wales recently, cycling over the Easter holiday. The plan was to do a few rides and use the trip as a sort of training camp to prepare for the upcoming events that I have planned. With the Norwich 100 at the end of May and the Dunwich Dynamo in July not too far after that either, it...

Sam Weller’s Day Trip to Wochma – 203km 2015 Audax

Sam Weller’s Day Trip to Wochma – 203km 2015 Audax

  Last Saturday I set off at 5am to do another 200km Audax, this time from Tewkesbury, heading westwards before going down to Chepstow, over the Severn to Malmesbury and back up to Tewkesbury and the first 2015 Audax over! I unfortunately jacked the it in after 30 miles and got on the train at Hereford after an encounter with ice. Not the best start...