Author Archive (Francis)

Cave to Coast to Coast to Cave

Last Summer twelve of us did the Way of the Roses ride but with van support and lifts home, this year we thought we would up the ante a little bit. Plan A was to do the Trans Pennine Trail, followed by WOTR but there were conflicting reports on how suitable the TPT was for […]

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Death Valley Challenge

Day 1: Beatty to Stovepipe Wells I put as my Facebook status that I was in the VIP lounge at Heathrow Terminal 3 but despite explaining that my wife had been on Simon Mayo’s request show the previous evening and actually spoken on air to request ‘Viva Las Vegas’ for me, I was not afforded […]

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London to Paris – July 2013

Day One – London to Calais After a very enjoyable ride from London to Brussels last year I persuaded the other half of South Cave Road Club to sign up for L2P this year in aid of Action Medical Research. The carrot at the end of the stick was seeing the finale of the 100th […]

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Heart of the Wolds Sportive

It hasn't been the greatest start to 2013 cycling-wise. I had a pain in my left knee which was diagnosed as a bruised cartilage, coupled with the sensory nerve damage in the other knee meant that I was restricted to rides of less than 40 miles and no hills for quite a few weeks. But […]

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SCRC on the road: Etape Pennines

Many months ago, the whole of South Cave Road Club decided it would be a good idea to do the inaugural Marie Curie Etape Pennine Sportive. I should explain that South Cave Road Club (SCRC) has a total membership of two (although others are trying to join). It consists of myself and my frequent riding […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 4)

Breda to Brussels And so to the final day. I appreciate that ‘proper’ cycling tours are longer and don’t have support vehicles and whilst the cycling was easy it had been a challenge in other ways. One of the things I struggled with was being sociable first thing in the morning! At home I like […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 3)

Amsterdam to Breda I feel quite sorry for day 3. Day 1 had the excitement of the Grand Depart, Day 2 was our first on the Continent and finished in Amsterdam, Day 4 would be an emotional finish. But, Day 3 was sandwiched in the middle and went to Breda. Breda’s most interesting claim to […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 2)

Hook of Holland to Amsterdam Day 2 started for me at around 4am as I awoke from my slumber. I needed to take a wee but as I lay in the bunk (quite large as I was first in the cabin and had grabbed the double) I was aware of a heavy rocking motion. The […]

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Euro City Cycle Challenge (Day 1)

London to Harwich Brentwood in Essex was the precise departure point for my Euro City Cycle Challenge. I was taking part to raise money for The Sick Children’s Trust. The original quest was a London to Newcastle ride but this was cancelled due to poor marketing by the charity. Advertised as starting in London, I […]

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How not to prepare for a 200km Audax

Not many things can persuade me to miss a Hull Kingston Rovers home match but some months previous I had decided that the chance to participate in a 200km Audax was one such occasion (Rovers beat Castleford 70-12). Scott is a friend I go out for a ride with most weekends and he was also […]

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My First 100 Mile Bike Ride

Magazines at various times have articles which suggest there are random things to do before you die/reach 50 etc. I have completed quite a few of the tasks that often appear (both legal and illegal) but one goal, which up to April 1st 2012 had eluded me, was to cycle 100 miles in a day. […]

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Moon X-Power 500 front light

Moon X-Power 500 mounted on my winter bike Other than the items on Santa’s list I foolishly thought I had everything I needed for my bikes. Since February I have spent close on £3000 on bikes, clothing and equipment (but clawed back £273.65 on selling bikes now not needed). A further cost will now be […]

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And now… my winter bike

As I looked out of the window for the third time this morning – it was still raining! The BBC weather web site had promised cloud with a light rain shower. This was seven o'clock and a heavy pouring. I had been looking forward all week to my third CTC ride but didn't fancy getting […]

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Buying a new bike: more knowledge, more expense

I think it was when I'd cycled 25 miles (in one go) that I went from being somebody who rode a bike to being a cyclist. There is a clear distinction between these two groups; the main one being that I would actually buy 'Cycling Active' and not just browse through it on WH Smith's […]

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Choosing a new bike: "A little knowledge…"

Natural aging had brought me to forty three years old, but a lack of attention had taken me to over fifteen stone. One hour of five a side football a week was not enough to keep anywhere near an acceptable level of fitness. So one Sunday in February this year I dug out my rusting […]

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