Days 1-3. Portsmouth to Tours

Portsmouth > Ouistreham > Gacé Gacé > Roëze-sur-Sarthe (near Le Mans) Roëze-sur-Sarthe > Tours 3 days, and around 300km in. I wouldn’t exactly say ‘so far, so good’ but I can’t really complain as I brought it all on myself! Although I’d originally planned to cycle down through the UK, when I unexpectedly obtained Eurovision […]

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Wildlife on the Waterways

“Just GO GO GO, don’t stop – and hit it with your paddle if you have to”. This was recently shouted to my friend Nems and I on a canal in London, and was a surprisingly effective way to bring out a speed and confidence in paddling that we never knew we possessed. The ‘it’ […]

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One month to go…

Not long now until Winona and I head off to catch the ferry, and it’s safe to say that I’m definitely not where I want to be training-wise. I had a horrible virus-y cold which took me out of any exercise for 2 weekends, and I’ve only been back in the game properly for the past week. I took some consolation […]

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The Beginning(s)

‘A story has a beginning, a middle and an end,’ said every English teacher ever. Which is good advice -unless the story has two beginnings, as this one does. Beginning # 1, a.k.a The False Start The first beginning of this story occurred in late 2013. My then employer M&S announced their participation in ‘Cycle […]

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