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Tarifa-Nordkapp: Part 4

September 2, 2019

This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Part 1, 2 and 3 can be found here, here and here. Part 4 begins as I approach Russia, having battled busy roads and some tiring gravel detours during my time in the Baltics.  Day 13 – 303km –  Zarasai […]

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This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Part 1 and 2 can be found here and here. Part 3 begins in the Czech Republic, as I try to recover from a tough (and hungry) first few hours in Eastern Europe.  Day 9 – 338km –  Touzim […]

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This is part of a series of posts detailing how my record-breaking ride from Tarifa to Nordkapp panned out. Part 1 can be found here. Part 2 begins on my first morning in France, with me having entered from Spain during the previous evening and spent the night sleeping out. Day 5 – 333km –  […]

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The ride is over and the magnitude of it is just starting to sink in. Whilst it’s still fresh in my memory, it seems like a good time to explain how everything panned out over the 19 days of riding. Therefore, over the next month or so I will be publishing a write-up on each […]

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17 is the magic number

April 28, 2019

It hurt, but the record is mine. I rolled across the Kosovo-Macedonia border in the early hours of Saturday morning, bringing up my 17th country of the week. Now, I have some time to reflect on an incredible seven days of cycling. The figures make for some brutal reading. I covered 2,286km, rode 106 hours […]

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As I made my way up a climb towards the Montenegrin border, Andrew Phillips from Orb (one of my sponsors) grilled me on how the ride was going. You can find the (very lighthearted) interview here on the Orb website: https://www.orb.bike/rob-gardiner-7-days-17-countries/ 

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Over the past few months, I have gradually ramped up my training. Early starts and late nights have been spent sweating in the dark, in my “pain cave”. Indoor training has its merits, and the virtual world of Zwift is often far more appealing than the muddy, wet, wintery real world. In March, a trip to […]

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Nicodemus gazes into the fire. He leans forwards, eating nsima and beans with his right hand. On one side of him, lies a battered copy of The Two Towers, by J.R.R. Tolkien, out of place in the rural surroundings. On his other side, lies a gleaming M-16, equally as incongruous. He raises his eyes from […]

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My 2017 in Photos

January 27, 2018

When I think back to last year, it seems like a blur of beautiful landscapes, spinning bike wheels and tramping feet. And it was. Often, it is hard to sum up a period of time in words or thoughts. But images do it well. 2017 was a beautiful and exciting year, with plenty of time […]

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