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If I start a band it will be called: Annie + The Dolomites

Posted by in Blogs, Climb, Cycle, Gentle, Hike, Homemade events, Long weekend abroad, Medium, Organised events, Other, Run, Tough, Travel

Hola! Before I get too swept up in Colombia life (more on that in a couple of weeks), the fruits of my week long trip to the Dolomites are ready. My memories have been converted into tangible, viewable, readable matter: Fun little video of the sights I saw doing the things I do Travel review with the finer details for Evening Standard Online Photo updates on social media Click on the pictures to see the memories with your own eyes. Watch the video   Read the article Last but not least,…read more

London velodrome cycling

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, London, Medium, Organised events

Challenge: A velodrome flying lap Details: The VeloPark host taster sessions as well as improver courses. You are kitted out with track bikes, cycle shoes, helmets and gloves. The bikes have no brakes nor gears and your feet are clipped in so can take some getting used to. The instructors do a great job at coaching you from your first lap around the bottom, then getting a bit higher up the wooden velodrome, until you find yourself flying around the top. Where? VeloPark in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park,E20 3AB and the Herne…read more

Sa Calobra cycle in Mallorca

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Homemade events, Long weekend abroad, Medium

Challenge: 75km cycle, 2 mountains, 2.1km ascent Logistics: Long weekend in Port de Soller, Mallorca. Rented a nice road bike (for €35 per day) from Tramontana Tours and powered up a mountain, and down to the sea at Sa Calobra, before scaling the beautiful shoestring road back up again. Afterthoughts: As it is mid-June temperature gets pretty hot so left Soller at 7am, and was back having had a few photo pauses and snack breaks by 11.45am. Favourite morning in a long time.

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Triathlon Alpe d’Huez

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Long weekend abroad, Organised events, Run, Swim, Tough, Triathlon

  Challenge: Alpe d’Huez triathlon. Swim: 1.2km, Cycle: 30km; Run 7km (the short option). The long option is: Details: Stunning scenery with a 14km mountain climb from 770m up to 1850m Alpe D’Huez summit with 21 hair pin bends. Several choices on distances, and a duathlon (just cycle and run) option. Race website. Read here for a blog giving the full low down on the long distance race. Where? Alpe d’Huez, France When? July/ August – Race website Transport? : We travelled with our bikes on the Eurostar from St Pancras to…read more

Llandudno Olympic Sea Triathlon

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Organised events, Run, Rural weekend away, Swim, Tough, Triathlon

  Challenge: Llandudno Olympic Sea Triathlon (1.5km swim, 36km cycle, 10km run). Race website Details: A standard and sprint triathlon incorporating the thrill of a sea swim, and a challenging cycle section on mainly closed roads around the Great Orme with its glorious vista over the North Wales Coast. The run route goes out along the Victorian Promenade and then over the Little Orme to Penrhyn Bay. Turn around, then run back over the Little Orme and along the promenade with a sea breeze to cool you to the finish!…read more

Reverse sprint triathlon

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Homemade events, London, Medium, Run, Swim, Triathlon

Challenge: Homemade reverse sprint tri Details: Not only doing the legs in reverse order but also running and swimming backwards…novel idea- thanks to the guy I met in the pub last night! Run: 5k Parkrun at Hackney Marshes here’s the route. Make sure you sign up to Park Run before and print off your barcodes – it’s all free and allows you to get an accurate time. Cycle: 20km from Hackney Marshes to Hyde Park Swim: 750m at the Serpentine Afterthoughts: Who’d have thought that being a bit backwards could be so much fun. The run was amazing…read more

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Bucks Road Cycle Sportive

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Day trip near London, Medium, Organised events

Challenge: 70/ 100km Event info: The event is a two distance road ride – 100km and 70 km, both rides will feature the iconic Chiltern Hills. It will be a tough ride for February and will avoid the main roads, this will be the 3rd year the event has been run and will follow the same course as last year with a couple of minor tweaks. Cost: £11. Logistics: Will drive/ take the 27 min train from Marylebone to Denham station at 7.30/8.30am Book your official entry (I’ve booked into the 100km cycle)…read more

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Chilterns cycle and Thames run

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Day trip near London, Homemade events, Medium, Run, Triathlon

  Challenge: 40k Chilterns cycle and 10k Thames run Details: Hilly Chilterns cycle from Maidenhead, through Cookham, Marlow, Fingest, Turville, Freith and back to the same way.  Run 5km along the Thames Path from Maidenhead towards Bourne End before doubling back. Where? Start point: Maidenhead, Berkshire. Transport? 40 minute train from London Paddington to Maidenhead. When? Anytime Bring? Bike, helmet, bike lock so you can lock your bike up while you run, cash/card for food and transport. Food & drink? You can pick up some food in Maidenhead, and there…read more

Streatley 100km cycle

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Day trip near London, Homemade events, Medium

  Challenge: Maidenhead – Streatley 100km cycle. Details: Roundtrip ride on scenic route route from Maidenhead to Streatley-on-Thames, via Sonning and Goring. Where? Start point: Maidenhead, Berkshire. Transport? 40 minute train from London Paddington to Maidenhead. Set google maps/ GPS to The Boathouse Deli & Café (aka The Swan) and off you go. I’d recommend going there and back again on the same route. When? Anytime. Bring? Bike, helmet, cash/card for food and transport. Food & drink? The Boat House café at Streatley. Cost? £11 train + £6 for coffee and…read more

VeloPark sprint duathlon

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, London, Medium, Organised events, Run, Triathlon

Challenge: Sprint duathlon Details: Run 3.2km – Bike 16km – Run 3.2km. Duathlons are particularly popular in the winter as they are a segway to triathlons (duathlon + swimming) in the summer months. I completed the VeloPark Sprint Duathlon in January 2015. Here are details of that particular event, as well as where to look for others. Where? VeloPark in Olympic Park (E9 5SX) / other locations Transport? Cycle/ Overground/ train to Stratford then 15 minute walk to the VeloPark (bikes not allowed on tube) When? In 2016, this particular event is on…read more

Epping Forest cycle

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Homemade events, London, Medium

  Challenge: Out and back cycle to Epping Forest Details: As London’s largest open space, Epping Forest was a royal forest originally. It’s great for a huge range of sports, cycling there adds to the day out. Where? Epping Forest is out to the North-East of London towards Essex, edging out towards the M25. From Central London, head out east, either up the Lee Valley tow path, or along through the Olympic Park. I used google maps, with quite a lot of the route on busy roads. Once in Epping…read more

Lee Valley activities

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Gentle, London, Other, Swim

  Challenge: Day of activities in the Lee Valley Park Details: Lee Valley is a 26 acre park packed full of awesome sports facilities open to the public. Some have been around for a while; others are a legacy of the Olympics. In the Lee Valley you’ll find: a 1 mile outdoor cycle circuit, an indoor velodrome track, a BMX track, a static bike studio, athletics, hockey, tennis, swimming, diving, white water activities, sailing, fishing, horse riding, golf…really anything and everything! How? Book onto the sessions via the Lee Valley…read more

Surrey mountain biking

Posted by in 52in52, Cycle, Day trip near London, Medium

  Challenge: A day of mountain biking in Surrey Details: A quick train out of London for a day of off-road biking in Surrey. The Surrey Hills are an amazing hub for both road and mountain bikers. The beautiful countryside is a mere hour’s train from central London and well worth a visit to sample the delights of the trails. Open to all levels, there are wide forest tracks beginners can follow, as well as amazing routes for improvers (and brave beginners) to try their wheels on. Rent bikes and/or…read more

Tips for cycling London to Paris in 24 hours

Posted by in Cycle

In March 2015, as one of my 52 challenges, two friends and I cycled from Trafalgar Square to the Eiffel Tower in just over 24 hours. It’s a great cycle – undulating, scenic and long. Map reading and ferry delays (and saddle sore) should be your only obstacles. The rest is one big fun adventure. Here’s the low down on key information. You can also do the trip in 2/3/4 days along even more scenic routes and with proper pitstops. Most of the article applies to those as well. HATCHING A PLAN:…read more

Buying a bike

Posted by in Cycle, London

With the weather brightening up, spending time on your bike is a great way to get easy hours of fun, fitness and fresh air. If you’re in the market for a bike, here are a few pointers and the best online resources to help city cyclist with plans for two-wheeled weekend adventures choose get on the bike ladder. Be realistic about what you want your bike for. This GoSkyRide article gives the low down on bike types. Budget. Within each category, the price range will guide you as to quality of the parts, but brand…read more

Travelling with bikes from London to France

Posted by in Cycle

In 2013 my brothers and I headed down to Mont Ventoux to cycle the moonscape mountain before watching the Tour de France zoom up it. Getting from London to Provence in France took me and my bike on a seven and a half hour multi-leg journey by bus, Eurostar, metro, TGV and taxi. I was a first time bike traveller and struggled to find a place with all the info on – particularly on bike bags and metro/ cycling . So here it is. First step, booking tickets To book Eurostar…read more

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