Archive for July 2011

A Fifties Revival – F C Parkes Cote d'Or

I think you know by now that I can't resist anything pertaining to cycling history. Books, magazines, maps are avidly collected. It could only be a matter of time until an old bike joined the collection. Well, time and getting the shed roof fixed so that I have somewhere to keep it. I'd been looking […]

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Dan's Sing Around Iceland cycle tour

Hello all! This is Daniel Hutton (who joined CycleSeven's Yorkshire Dales 100m ride on Saturday 23 July), and my account of my solo tour round Iceland during August and September 2011 – fundraising for Carers' Resource in Yorkshire and Ljósið in Iceland, and getting accommodation where possible by 'singing for my supper' en route! – […]

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Coast to Coast to Coast – Snorkel cycling

IN 2010 I repeated the CTC Lejog with a very nice crowd of people and stayed in touch with some of them via Facebook and email. One of them, the character of the group, one Roger Davies proposed a reunion short tour from Whitehaven to North Shields, so eight agreed to participate, including my wife […]

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Cycling in the Yorkshire Dales: a 100 mile bike ride (with some pushing)

A weekend cycle tour in the Yorkshire Dales as originally described in The Cyclist magazine by L.G. Fothergill in 1937 became a one-day ride when CycleSeven met each other for the first time and cycled the route in July 2011. We were joined by my cousin Mike, and Dan Baritono from the CTC Forums.

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… upon the seat, of a bicycle made for two…

Well, who would have thought it. A few months back, my dearly beloved suggested we should have a go on a Tandem. Wow, that was a blast of air I wasn't expecting. He has always encouraged my cycling, always been on hand with oily finger nails offering advice, showing me how to remove this bit […]

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Cycling a wet Willerby loop via Huggate

Cycling in the Yorkshire Wolds: a break in the rain Another ride in the Yorkshire Wolds with Chris, this time starting at *Waitrose car park close to the Humber Bridge (easily accessible on the M62). An excellent route just short of 60 miles, we hadn't been sure whether to cycle it on the Saturday or […]

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Cycling from Cornwall to the Yorkshire Dales – and back

I'm off on Sunday the 17th of July on a 1,000mile jaunt "oop north and back". This wonderful CycleSeven team have organised a long ride into the Yorkshire Dales National Park and not only have I agreed to ride with them, I've decided to ride there and back too. I needed a good excuse for […]

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The Early Bird

I recently acquired a book 'Adventure Cycling', published in 1959. According to its author, Ronald English, 'The cyclist who has never.....been up before the break of day has some exciting experiences in store; for, sooner or later, he will have to beat the sun and see those first streaks across the sky. The coolest part […]

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Fairy Steps and Beatrix Potter in the Lakes

Another tour. This time to the Lake District. Why the Lake District? Well, other than its close location to my home, I have been reading up recently all about the life and times of Beatrix Potter, and I wanted to seek out where she lived and where the National Trust was born. I had of […]

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"History is now and England"

I've been fooled before by aerial photographs, so I pedalled off to check that the A1(M) north of Huntingdon really does still have the adjacent old road, and that it is usable as far as Sawtry. It's an important part of my trip north and I wouldn't want to backtrack so early. I also wanted […]

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Advantage: Hybrid

I'm enjoying my hybrid bike much more than I thought I would when I bought it last August. It was intended to be a winter bike but it's now a summer bike as well. I can appreciate the roadie's satisfaction in riding skinny tyres on a good surface – the efficiency and speed of a […]

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Natwest Island Games 2011

From 25 June until 1st July the Isle of Wight has played host to some 4000 athletes and officials taking part in the Natwest Island Games. Since it was founded in 1985 the Island Games has been held every 2 years with 25 member islands from Canada, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Greece, Norway, Spain, Sweden, UK […]

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