So 2017 turned out to be a pretty amazing year of cycling experiences and adventures. I was lucky to cycle in some incredible places around the world including Flanders, the Alps, Tuscany and Sicily. I also had time to give some attention to this blog and nearly hit my target of one post a month … Continue reading The Best of 2017
One of my aims this summer was to experience a wine harvest, or vendemmia as it’s known in Italian. The vendemmia is much more than just picking grapes and making wine, it’s a cultural moment in Italy where friends and families come together to work, eat and taste the new wine from last year.
During a recent trip to Milan for Red Hook Crit, I visited the headquarters of one of the world’s most pioneering bike brands. My relationship with Cinelli goes back to 2012 when I bought my first carbon road bike, the Saetta (lightning in Italian). This summer I’ve been riding a Cinelli Experience that I built … Continue reading Inside Cinelli Milano
Billed as the mountain bike race on the highest active volcano in Europe, the Etna Marathon is a big draw with the mountain bike community every September. It is preceded by the Etna Marathon Tour, a five-day stage race competed by teams of two that finishes the day before the Etna Marathon. I’ve been MTB-curious … Continue reading Etna Marathon
With its stunning mountains, endless walking paths and cosy pubs serving proper Cumberland sausage, the Lake District is my favourite part of the UK. My mum grew up in Ambleside in her teenage years, so we have spent many years visiting for walking holidays with family. Earlier this year I started thinking about how long … Continue reading Hikes and bikes in the Lakes
The last time the Giro d’Italia visited Sicily was back in 2011 when Alberto Contador attacked on Mount Etna to take the stage and go on to claim overall victory (later rescinded for due to a dodgy steak). When the full route was announced for this year’s edition I was excited to see the race return to Sicily for two stages; a summit finish on Mount Etna and sprint stage to Messina.
Andalusia has been on the list to visit for some time. It’s one of the most beautiful parts of Spain with its epic mountains, white washed villages and incredible tapas.