2016 Wrap.

Odd year. A year of two distinct halves. Part 1: January through June we’re dominated by the one thing, the Tour Divide. Nothing else mattered. Work, nope. Friends, nope. Family, nope. Home…well yes, the only thing that mattered except training was homelife and future plans. Oddly, this near sole focus had little impact on the rest of my “normal” outside… Read more →

Best Photos of 2016

I took quite a few photos this year. Some good, some bad. From them I’ve had an enjoyable (??) time trying to chose my favourite photo from each month. I failed. Too many stories, moments, actions associated to too many photos to cut down to 12. So I chose 24. One set of twelve for exercise; cycling and running mostly,… Read more →

December ABV Running – Day 1

It started two years ago. An antithesis to years that had passed when I’d managed to drink every day for the month of December and felt proud of it. Things had been changing, slowly. Life was getting more positive for the first time in months, I’d shifted myself away from old habits. The WEMBO worlds had come and gone, a third place… Read more →

Running Wild.

Those that know me know that I don’t just ride bikes. Of late, I’ve not been riding bikes much. Something to do with having ridden enough for one year, also moving house and not knowing where most of my kit is at the moment. Running has been as much of a part of my life as riding bikes, I’ve never… Read more →

Tour Divide Print Words

First set of words in print from the Tour Divide this year: http://grit.cx/magarchive/issue-009 – small paywall for digital at £1.50 a month, or £6 for the print issue. I’ve been working with the folks over at Grit.cx since its inception, what feels like many moons ago. I’ve always contributed from a cross perspective, and quite often just ranting about my own ideas… Read more →

BB200 Tracking

The annual running of the bears. Or at least the annual trudging of the UK bike-packing community somewhere around Mid-Wales. As normal, I have a cold, but this time I am at least going to the start and worst case I’ll take some photos and heckle for the first few kilometres. Who knows. Either way, I should be starting at… Read more →

Tour Divide Posts Compiled

So I decided to blog my whole Divide day by day while I was working on my photos – a lot of you have been reading them – so I’ve had to buy more bandwidth. Not a bad problem to have I suppose!  But it can be a bit anoying to go back through the timeline, so i figured I’d… Read more →

Tour Divide Postscript

Firstly – For those interested, I’ve dumped some of my Tour Divide photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskFctRNz  These are the ones that tell less of a story, but show more of the route itself. ~ I’ll start this postscript (brain-dump) with one of those photos: A snapshot my wife took after the traditional smiling happy rider finish shot was taken. This, this is closer to… Read more →

Tour Divide Final Day

Somewhere in the Gila Wilderness – Antelope Wells; 274km distance, 1,830m climbing, 14hrs 20mins moving time. Last morning crawling out of my bivi. Last morning eating a Poptart. Last morning putting on cold stinking shorts. Not entirely sure I’ll miss this. Rick clatters past on the trail below me, as normal he’s up that bit earlier and moving while I’m still waiting for… Read more →