A great video of my ride with the Vienna Cycling Club
…with a mountain range. Is that strange? Maybe. But if, no, make that “when” you go to the Dolomites in Northern Italy, the same may just happen to you. It was my last full day in Italy yesterday and what a last day it was. It started pretty darn well with a lovely cafe owner… Continue reading I (dolo)MITE JUST BE IN LOVE…
No joke, this really happened… “Per favore. E possible agua de robinet?” “Can I have some tap water please?“. One of the most important things I try to learn to say in each country I am cycling through. I’ve just walked into a bar in Gaiano, a small town outside Parma. It’s 4pm. Progress has… Continue reading An Englishman walks into a bar in Gaiano..
1) Spending a night camping next to a field of sweetcorn and NOT getting busted by a farmer in the morning 2) Enjoying a sandwich someone kindly gave me the previous day. 3) A road sign shot to pieces by someone who obviously REALLY didn’t like the 30km speed limit in the area 4)… Continue reading Things that have made me smile today
So, one final dinner (of kings) for Wayne and I. Pizza and beer last night by Lake Garda. Gourmet! And one final wild camp together. This time no irate farmer potential as we found a quiet spot by a river near the lake. This morning we zoomed round Lake Garda thanks to a stonking tailwind.… Continue reading Arriverderci Wayne!
…is not an ideal way to start the weekend, but that’s pretty well what happened at 6:30am this morning. Wayne and I thought we had found the perfect spot to pitch our tents late last night. Like the SAS in every way, except in fancy dress and on bikes, we crept into the middle of… Continue reading Chased out of a field by a farmer…
OK. Having said how much I enjoy cycling solo, I have now been cycling with Wayne Van Huyssteen for the last 24 hours. Let the egg meet the face! We’ve bought each other coffees, I gave him some of my melon, he gave me some dates, it’s been a whirlwind bromance! Sorry Dave the Worm. You’ve… Continue reading Will and Wayne’s excellent adventure
I took a load of GoPro video footage going up, over and down the Stelvio Pass yesterday. I think that will be the best thing to share with you so you can see how insanely beautiful the scenery is and give you a flavour of how hard I found it… very. Will be a while… Continue reading Stelvio Pass on a 50kg touring bike
I had timed my cycle across the Alps just as the Tour de France was passing through. Alp d’Huez, 13.8km of gorgeous Alpine beauty with 21 hairpin bends at an average gradient of 7.8% (some parts at 14%). I cycled up the mountain in the morning just a few hours before the professionals whizzed up it about… Continue reading The day I cycled up Alp d’Huez
It’s 11pm here in Koblenz. 125km in the bag today and have just found my 5 star riverside accommodation for the night. Price £0. Dinner of cold burgers and orange juice coming up! Mmmm…. Shame there’s also a highspeed train line about 10m away. Just be warned there will be A LOT of the… Continue reading Camping next to high speed trains, a quiet idea?