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Highlights from the Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

This fantastic video was recently uploaded to Youtube. Watch it and you will be bitten by the bug to eat, sleep and ride the Divide.

Triathletes and Planning

I saw this cartoon and it was just so true. I have training plans laid out months ahead but I have no idea what’s happening in a few weeks …

Frazz Cartoon

Creating GPS Routes from Google Maps

I’m in the process of trying to plan the Transcontinental Race. Google Maps is of course my first port of call—I particularly like the feature which allows you to ‘drive’ along a selected route. Unfortunately, with the new version you can no longer export a selected route to your Garmin GPS device. However, I’ve worked out a way of doing so …

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The Next Adventure: London-Istanbul Race 2014

Enter the Transcontinental 2014...I’ve just put my name down for the 2014 Transcontinental Race. Like the Tour Divide, this is a self-supported race which means get yourself from London to Istanbul by bicycle with no outside support. Oh, and you have to pick your own route.  This was on my radar screen after the 2013 Tour Divide and then Lis and I met an actual racer when we were passing through France. I told her it was fate I do the race. Lis said that was self-serving.

The race organizer (Mike Hall) has the longest list of ‘are you sure you want to do this race’ in the race disclaimer. He then capped it off with the following which was great:


I hope that they accept my registration. It’s a limited field…

Then time to planning my race, and Lis’ holiday while I thrash myself. At least this time she will meet me at the finish!

Update: I got the e-mail with the message:  Get the kettle on and the maps out. It’s time to plan an adventure! You’ve bagged yourself a race plate. 

The race is a self-support, self-navigated race. We only have to pass through three check points, picking your own route between these points. Now that I’ve checked this year’s route. Ouch. Not only are they taking us again through Stelvio Pass in Italy, … a “classic 48 switchback climb from Prato Allo Stelvio on the Eastern side, climbing 1824m in 24km (avg grad.7.6%)”, but also to Montenagro with … “Mount Lovcen rises to 1600m from the Adriatic basin in the Montenegrin town of Kotor with a narrow and twisting road of 25 switchbacks”.  Much tougher this year because you either run south through relatively flat Italy and then risk making an infrequent ferry crossing, or through the mountains on the east of the Adriatic. Be careful what you ask for…

The Best Bike Lock

I found this excellent post on bike locks which is a must read to anyone who has a bike. I probably like it because it confirms my conclusion that U shaped bike locks – particularly the Kryptonite New York ones – are the best to use for protecting our gear. I’ve used them for years and never had an issue. Highly recommended to all cyclists.

Ironman Copenhagen–From the Side Lines

“The best-laid plans of mice and men oft go astray”.  That is the story of my attempt to race Ironman Copenhagen. Rather than being out there pounding the pavement, I ended up watching the race since I didn’t have a bicycle, in spite of the efforts of myself and a number of Danish triathletes. In the end, it was not meant to be. It just gives me an excuse to come back another year—with my own bike—and do what must be one of the fastest, and best supported Ironman races anywhere.

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Reflections on the Tour Divide

Having finally completed the Tour Divide after three tries, I’ve had a few people contact me asking, in a nice way, what went right this time. So I thought I’d put down some thoughts/suggestions which may help those who want to race the TDR in the future. May also help me should I ever suffer from acute memory loss and decide to the beast again …

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