Tag Archives: Countryside

Tour de Haystacks


Over the months the landscape of the rural end of my commute has gradually cycled through a rustic colour wheel, from brown to gold via shades of green. In August this slow paced transition flips into a couple of weeks … Continue reading

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NCRA Southwick, a walk in the country


The verges are speckled yellow with flowering celandine and blossoming blackthorn bushes shine a brilliant white in the greening hedgerows, alive with the sound of songbirds. Beneath the trees dog’s mercury plants form a verdant carpet before the bluebells burst open. … Continue reading

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#Festive500 Ride 8


Another bitterly cold and frosty morning for a ride and New Year’s Eve is looking only marginally warmer. Originally I had intended to set off before the dawn, but given the conditions of the roads I decided to wait until … Continue reading

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It’s good to rise early for the Sunday Ride


My Club meets for its Sunday run at 8.30am, but my body clock is still running on weekday time, so I’m often awake by 6am or not long after and once I’m awake, I’m awake. In the past I’ve aimed to be out of … Continue reading

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Respite (from the Rain)


Heading out for this morning’s club run, there was something different about the sky. It was blue, there were no clouds and it was not raining. A little different to last week when the persistent, icy rain forced most of … Continue reading

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25mm, 60psi, 69.2 Inch Gear Plus Mud


Just because road bikes have the word “road” in their name, I don’t think it means you must only use them on the road. I certainly don’t. Taking my langster for a ride along the local byways and bridleways, is … Continue reading

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Energy Views


Riding into an unseasonally warm southerly headwind this morning, I felt a distinct lack of energy, although on the plus side, I neither fog nor rain to contend with, bucking the trend of recent commutes. I don’t have many mornings … Continue reading

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Gathering Mists on a Morning Ride


Cycling to work has made me an avid follower of the late night news weather forecast. I had decided during the day to get up earlier the next morning to take a detour round Grafham on my commute. When the … Continue reading

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Giant Haystacks


The harvest is in, and my commute has been passing fields cropped down to stubble, populated with rectangular bales of hay. Then one day I’ll ride along to find the bales have been re-arranged into a giant haystack. It dominates … Continue reading

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Seedy cycling


No this isn’t a post about exploring the more exotic routes of Dutch cycling infrastructure, but something much more mundane. After yesterday’s rain, commuting this morning along the National Cycle Network, the long grass was hanging heavy and damp over … Continue reading

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