This is the first in a series of posts written by veteran Bloodwise London to Paris riders, for new riders looking to get started in training and planning for an L2P ride. Got something else you’d like some advice on? Give us a shout out in the comments below. “It never gets easier. You just […]Read more "How to Ride from London to Paris: Part 1 – Getting Started"
The old man considered me carefully, sizing me up, his face a map of time. He looked me up and down, taking in my pale skin, my dust-spattered face, my shabby cycling gear, noisy cycling shoes and looked briefly over my shoulder at my fellow riders who were trying to form an orderly queue behind me. […]Read more "Buen Camino: Cycling the Camino De Santiago"
Two weeks from today, Furious Riding will be starting the journey from London to Paris in support of Bloodwise, a UK-based charity which raises money for blood cancer research. I will be riding from London to Paris for the second time, after completing the ride in 2015. It was one of the greatest experiences of […]Read more "London to Paris 2016"
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"
Nūlla umquam dē morte hominis cūnctātio longa est JUVENAL vi.221 When a human life is at stake, no delay is ever excessive 1 Waindale Close Mount Talbot Halifax Yorkshire “Dear friends, There as promised are the shots I took on the Clifden Cycling Club’s Sunday run. I enjoyed your company very much […]Read more "Brief Encounter"
by Jet McDonald A slow puncture is like a stilted sigh. Down on my knees I pumped my exasperation back into the tyre with a rusty pump. Again and again it deflated. Being in the middle of the desert I had no handy buckets of water and had to rely on inflating the inner tube and […]Read more "Learning to Love Your Punctures "
This September, Furious Riding’s Lycra-Fetishist in Chief will be riding from London to Paris. This is the story why. It’s difficult, if not impossible, to pick the greatest moment in the history of any sport. For every assertion, there will be a counter assertion – a sort of infinite, regressive ‘what-aboutery’. How can you rate the […]Read more "Knees, Badassery and Crying on the Champs-Élysées"
As a man of the stretchy cloth, you hear a lot of discussion about road rage: ‘CAR DRIVER GOES JIHAD ON SQUIRREL’ ‘MOTORIST GAROTTES COMMUTER WITH BIKE LOCK’ ‘VAN DRIVER BEATS CYCLIST TO DEATH WITH HIS OWN BROMPTON’ That class of thing. But you don’t hear much about cyclist road rage. Few and far between, it seems, are the headlines […]Read more "I Need To Tell You About My Grandmother’s Funeral"