My First Impressions of the Marin Nicasio

Admittedly I am a fairly new cyclist with only a couple of thousand miles under my belt since April 2020. Most of those miles have been achieved with my carbon bike. However, not wanting to ruin this bike having had it serviced, I bought a cheaper and more robust bike for those more arduous journeys.Continue reading “My First Impressions of the Marin Nicasio”

Delivering Gifts on Two Wheels

Merry Christmas to you all! I thought I’d post an update before Christmas. This year has been a year for experiencing new things which has been something positive during these difficult times. As a youth worker delivering activities during lockdown in 2020, it was this that gave me the encouragement to get back on aContinue reading “Delivering Gifts on Two Wheels”

Setbacks and Autumn Joy

I’m unsure whether any of you has experienced this but sometimes it feels like life is working against you. Recently, I have been subjected to bit infections, a head cold transferred from work colleagues which started to turn into tonsilitis. Then, work commitments escalated, all preventing me from riding. The frustration mounting knowing the fitnessContinue reading “Setbacks and Autumn Joy”

Blackpool with a Difference

I realise that I have written at length about the sportives in which I have taken part, this time however I want to provide some insight into some of the routes I have cycled throughout this year. If you are anything like me, the thoughts of Blackpool summon kiss me quick hats, Blackpool rock andContinue reading “Blackpool with a Difference”

Building Experience and Sportives

I’ve experienced a lot since posting last, and during these experiences I have also learnt plenty in terms of handling the bike. I have completed two more Sportives with Velo29. Both my experiences have been positive with this organisation and thoroughly enjoyed those experiences. They offer varying degrees of difficulties for each Sportive. The firstContinue reading “Building Experience and Sportives”

Mental Health and Cycling

The excitement rises after being closed up indoors working, I feel the open air greeting me while I hear that satisfying clicking sound as I push my foot into the pedal. From that first push I feel the force of the air intensify, lapping around my face. Freedom forces any stresses of the day toContinue reading “Mental Health and Cycling”

Completed My First Charity Event

I signed up for The Christie Charity ride from Manchester to Blackpool several months ago. At the time of signing up it seemed such a long way off, but those weeks passed by in flash. Yesterday (Sunday, 04/07/2021), I completed it and enjoyed every moment and it was many firsts for me that contributed towardsContinue reading “Completed My First Charity Event”

I Reached a Milestone

I’ve unintentionally left a considerable amount of time to post an update, life can get in the way sometimes. My Charity ride is looming, 4/06/2021, this Sunday. I am cycling 100km from Manchester to Blackpool in the UK. I realise that for seasoned cyclists this can be easily achievable, but at the the time ofContinue reading “I Reached a Milestone”

My Longest Ride and What I used to Navigate

The weather was not looking promising, I had planned a route covering just over 92k but deciding on a day to achieve this was proving difficult in itself. The weekend was looking like it could have been too wet. After looking at the weather forecast I opted to focus on the Sunday, 09/05/2021. The rainContinue reading “My Longest Ride and What I used to Navigate”