It’s twenty-five minutes past six on the 1st Sunday of May. There’s no one but dog walkers and I on a foggy greenway that runs towards the Catalan city of Girona. Last night I slept early and I slept often – at one stage I was staring at the clock as it rolled over to […]Read more "Surviving the The Traka 100"
Gravel ride between dawn and sunrise, between the sea and the sky, where the Pyrenees touch the Mediterranean on the Côte Vermeille, France, in sight of Catalonia. Photographs © Dave Walsh 2021 See this gallery on Instagram On my websiteRead more "Gravel ride between dawn and sunrise, between the sea and the sky"
You know the story. You haven’t been on your bike in weeks, due to the pressures of work, family, life. Your fancy bike is still encrusted with the winter road grime of the last country you lived in. It’s a sunny day, not too hot. You have a few hours on your hands, a luxury. […]Read more "Last Exit to Monserrat"
I used to live in Brussels, until I left, on February 29th, this year. People who have never been to Brussels and have never enjoyed cycling up a hill say “oh you must have loved that, it’s pan-flat”. Cycling people who have never been to Belgium, but have watched the Tour of Flanders, or Liege-Bastogne-Liege […]Read more "Barcelona’s biggest, best kept secret"
The sun is setting. I’m belting along a dirt track through the Collserola forest, at the back of Barcelona, on a quick 30 minute ride before dinner. I go left at a fork in the road, never been down this way before. The trail corkscrews down into a valley and across a stream which leads into […]Read more "March of the Pigs"
Forget about the gods of cycling. What about the everyday heroes of every day cycling?Read more "We Can Be Heroes"
Nearly two weeks have passed since 3,500km, three-week cycling circus of the Tour de France has passed. While it perhaps unfairly overshadows other grand tours (Italy, Spain) it never fails to capture the imagination. I watched the final kilometres of penultimate stage through my fingers, convinced that Ion Izagirre Insausti was going to aquaplane off the road as […]Read more "Transcontinental: The Madness of a Long Distance Bicycle Race"
You know that way that dogs kick their legs when dreaming of chasing rabbits? Well, when the cyclist in your family does that, it’s this col that does it.Read more "Short spin up the Col de Pailheres, Pyrenees"