Adventures

Tarifa-Nordkapp Record Ride – May 2019#

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Seven Day Record Ride – April 2019

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Tour of Taiwan – October 2018

Not everyone’s first choice of cycling destination, Taiwan is a heady mix of perfect roads and soul-destroying, yet incredibly beautiful climbs. In eight days, I ground my way up countless mountains, in sweltering tropical heat. But the reward was magical; Taiwan is absolutely spectacular. On my circuit of the island, I indulged in some next-level masochism by including the route of the Taiwan KOM Challenge. This notorious race goes from sea level to 3,275m in just 110km – it was an experience I’ll never forget.

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#RacetotheBlackSea – October 2017

My first foray into ultralight credit-card touring, this autumnal adventure took me from Dunkirk, in France, to Odessa, in Ukraine. It was an exhausting journey at a frenetic pace, crossing borders multiple times in one day on several occasions. Despite this, and the mammoth distances over ever-shrinking days, it was a brilliant experience. It recaptured that feeling of crossing continents that conventional touring brings.

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Across Southern Africa – June to August 2015

Africa was a great blank space on my map until this tour. A space filled with poverty, man-eating animals and terrible diseases. The reality was far nicer. In many ways, this was the most relaxed tour I’ve ever done, in spite of the terrible roads, constant headwind and challenging 100-kilometre-per-day average. Beginning in Namibia, we rode from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean, finishing in Tanzania. En route, we passed through Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. The wilderness, people and wildlife were highlights in equal measure.

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China, North America and Cuba – May to November 2014

After being unable to enter China on my previous trip, the eastern section of the Silk Road and the sands of Xinjiang tempted me to get back on two wheels. However, the highlight of this trip ended up being far more mundane. Whilst a 2,000-metre climb up to the 4,000-metre-high Tibetan Plateau is burnt into my memory, it was the diversity and beauty of the US (my next destination after a month in China) that amazed me. It is a country that is made for cycle touring. After trundling across 20 states and part of Canada, I finally decided to embrace the enemy on the doorstep – Cuba. Here, I spent three weeks drinking mojitos, cycling on nonexistent roads and being overtaken by cars built 70 years ago.

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From England to India – April to November 2013

The tour that started it all. Inspired by William Dalrymple’s book, In Xanadu, I set off in search of the Silk Road, accompanied by two friends. Along the way, I learnt how cycle touring worked, discovered landscapes I could never have imagined and met people whose kindness broke all barriers. I reached the treasures of the Silk Road in Uzbekistan, but it was the incomparably beautiful Pamir Highway in Tajikistan that was true cycling nirvana. Along the way, we battled deserts, illness and mechanical issues. Eventually, real life reclaimed my friends, but I continued. Visa issues thwarted my attempts to enter China, but I flew to India instead. Here, I explored a world frenetic and terrifying (for a cyclist), before I finally threw in the towel and headed home.

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