A New Year a new ride

https://youtu.be/ugsYEbfnZxo It has been far too long since I last rode my bike.  It is all far too easy to fall for the lure of the sofa in winter when it is cold, raining and windy outside.  Today was a very mild and sunny winter morning, if breezy.  It turns out that today was the … Continue reading A New Year a new ride

Lost Lanes #25 The Joy of Essex

https://youtu.be/Wsgh8QEMsFI Today’s route is in the northeast of Essex.  The day’s themes are picturesque villages, windmills and quiet lanes lined with rare wildflowers.  It is a 38 mile (62km) circular route with a total ascent of 243 meters.  It is mainly along country lanes, although there are some short sections of B roads. Komoot: http://www.komoot.com/collection/1302724/-lost-lanes-rides

Lost lanes # 23 empty Essex

https://youtu.be/XV_A7VDwR1I Another great ride from Jack Thurston's Lost Lanes book.

London to Southend 2021

https://youtu.be/4ZkwI5vf8DM I was so excited that the London to Southend bike ride was back this year after its brief hiatus because of the pandemic.  I have ridden it every year since 2007, except for 2019. Unfortunately, it had had to be rearranged twice this year for various reasons – one being the tail end of … Continue reading London to Southend 2021

Lost Lanes #24 The Oyster Run

https://youtu.be/Ne54QsLJBno Lost Lanes is a series of books with guides to what the author, Jack Thurston, says are the most beautiful bike rides in Britain. I have been meaning to try these out and as it was such a beautiful day today it seemed only right to give one a try. This is a video … Continue reading Lost Lanes #24 The Oyster Run

Ride Essex 2021

https://youtu.be/ACUdO5gdZqA What a fantastic ride this was.  The route was brilliant, very well designed, mainly going through quiet country lanes.  It was very well signposted, and the GPX file was faithful to the route.  The feed stations had a tasty selection of snacks and drinks.  It’s always great to get a coffee on a ride. … Continue reading Ride Essex 2021

When exploring goes wrong

https://youtu.be/DO4qgjUMe78 Today’s ride was one that I would rather forget about!  I thought I would take my gravel bike out for a spin and, as I didn’t have any particular route in mind, thought I would do a bit of exploring.  There is a sea wall on a tidal river near where I live and … Continue reading When exploring goes wrong