Journey to the Trans Atlantic Way Race 2018

What a week. It started in France this year with a simple overnight bike ride up to the Alps from Provence and got a whole load more serious this week after a full on weekend’s cycling with Ian Tosh back from Edinburgh to London and to add a bit more mileage, then home from there….

Arrive in Kyrgystan

The flight was ok, change over in Moscow and whilst there realise I had chewed through my data allowance on my phone. If planned to get a Kyrgyz phone sim anyway and apparently they hand them out free at the airport. Flight arrived early and luckily my bags and importantly the bike had also taken…

Off to the Silk Road Mountain Race #SRMRNo1

Well here we go again, another adventure. Shamefully I haven’t finished documenting the race in Ireland, time has raced on and I’m now on the tube to Heathrow for a flight to Kyrgystan via Moscow Bike is serviced and checked, fat tyres fitted and a more comfy saddle hopefully and above all, a load of…

Blogging and racing

It’s been really difficult trying to update the blog and do this race. The race is continuous and there isn’t really much time to post anything. Plus I’m losing track of which day is which, other than I remember why a day was good and why it was bad. What I’ll try and do is…

Day One #TAW2018

After the mad rush to get the bike fixed the day could only get better and it did. I was late getting to the start by about ten minutes just to see the second or third way of riders leaving with Ian Tosh and Ian Navin in the group. They shouted over to me so…

Panic stations!

Last minute mechanical. Just as I was happy getting into the zone within the first few metres my new chain is jumping on the older more worn cassette. A cassette that isn’t exactly standard, 11-42 SRAM 11 speed. A quick Google and a few phone calls got me to the Bike Institute for emergency repairs…

#TAW2018 Registration

Registration from 2-4pm in the Synge Theatre. Like a Who’s Who of ultra endurance racing. Everyone looks lean, fast and very fit. Double century days are the norm here. Enormously friendly and excited atmosphere around, assisted by the glorious sunshine. I’m told the weather was consistently dreadful last year so this sunshine is being taste…

The day before TAW2018

We’ll I didn’t make a very committed effort to keep this blog going. In my defense it’s been quite a busy time, I have got rather carried away since the last post and have also entered the Silk road Mountain Race in Kyrgyzstan in August. A busy year in prospect. A new bike has been…

Building a dynamo wheel

Being self sufficient for gadget power and lighting has always been high on my list of priorities so a dynamo hub was always on the cards. The Schmidt SON hub is reckoned to be the best one to get, lightest and lowest drag,  but they are expensive so I decided early on to use the…

How little do I need for TAW?

I’ll make no secret of the fact that I like gear and one of the great things about cycling is that involves lots of gear. Luckily across the various disciplines you need various bikes so more gear. The n+1 thing really is true. When you combine long unsupported rides with sleeping out the possibilities for…