Cycling East Part 10 – Turkey up to Istanbul

Cycling in Turkey is a divisive mix of brutal heat, beautiful scenery, terrible drivers, friendly hospitality, ridiculous hill climbs and awesome food. The...

Cycle tour of the Peak District

I was pleasantly surprised to discover that the peak district is not a small dull version of the Lakes or Dales. It has lots...

5 Awesome gravel routes from the Tweed Valley in Scotland

After years of exploring dead ends and epic climbs in the Tweed Valley, here are five awesome gravel rides in the local area. I've...

The Jeroboam 300km ‘Gravel’ Event, Italy

The first rule of a 'Gravel' event is surely there needs to be gravel? Am I missing something? I was asking myself this...

Dirty Reiver 2017 – I think I might have actually enjoyed...

At last year’s Dirty Reiver I vowed never again, but as ever, with type 2 fun here I was heading south for another go...

Tibet, Yarchen Gar the final part – 8,000 nuns, a naked...

Yarchen Gar was such an unexpected place. We had never even heard of it only a week ago and here we were, two of...

Cycling East Part 13 – Eastern Turkey

The most beautiful part of Turkey's Black Sea coast ended in Sinop, but despite that, Turkey's special because of the people and their hospitality...

6 Pros and Cons of Cycle Touring V’s Bikepacking

Why do I choose bikepacking bags over traditional cycle touring panniers? This is still something I get asked a lot so I thought I'd write...

Review of the 1st Dirty Reiver Gravel Grinder

Today I rode the Dirty Reiver the UK's first ever gravel "ride" and at 200km long on rough gravel it's a pretty impressive challenge...

The Kinesis Tripster ATR – My latest review

I've been cycling east for at least 8500km over 95 days and reached Eastern Kazakhstan on the Kinesis Tripster ATR and now I'm almost...

On the search for gravel routes in Madeira

The general theme of this blog about gravel and road riding in Madeira will probably be steepness. There's no getting away from the fact...

Cycling East Part 17 – Rail Ferry across the Caspian Sea

This post is the first one that contains no cycling, instead its my adventure catching the ferry from Baku, Azerbaijan to Aktau in Kazakhstan....