A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad


An introduction…

I used to be a pole vaulter. A combination of the lack of training facilities in winter and injuries meant that I started running with the Hare and Hounds a lot more. During this time I cycled everywhere around Cambridge on my trusty mountain bike that I’d had since I was about 16. I’d thought occasionally about buying a road bike, and I bought one in summer 2008, as much on a whim as a seriously-considered purchase. That bike was a Mercurio RA5, which I still have, and it’s now seen many thousands of miles of riding.

Later that year, or possibly the next, I started riding more seriously; firstly, as a way of boosting my fitness for running, but I was soon persuaded to start swimming properly too and to dip my toes into the world of triathlons. Nearly three years later, with a year as president of the uni triathlon club behind me, cycling has become a minor passion. I have a collection of 6 bikes, which I’ve ridden extensively round the Cambridge area and beyond. My non-cycling friends define me as a cyclist and wonder how I can enjoy it so much; my cycling friends ask about my trips and often want to do the same trips themselves. So, in writing this blog I hope I can be of interest to both those groups. Feedback is very much encouraged, whichever group you define yourself as!

In writing this, I’d like to say thanks to all my friends, whether they’ve been riding companions or have merely had to put up with my cycling chat (I think that must cover you all!), but especially to JJJJ Brunning for persuading me to give Varsity tri a go, and to Si Rutherford for the idea of wiriting it all down.