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Read Liam Flanagan-Todd’s fascinating blog on his Help for Heroes Big Battlefield Bike Ride as part of “Team Claire”. Follow the teams ride from Paris, up to the Normandy beaches, along the route of the D-Day landings to Cherbourg before the finale at the Air Force Memorial in Runnymede. We also have an in-depth blog on cycling in the Netherlands from Dave Read. Dave lived in the Netherlands for five years and cycled extensively throughout the country. Read his reminiscences from his time there in his blog The Netherlands: A Cycling Utopia?

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Check out our blog, Cycling with AF, which is a personal story of how being diagnosed with Atrial Fibrillation led Michael Ellis to discover cycling and a whole new lifestyle. You can read his story here.

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Read all about cycling in Norway in this fascinating blog from @another_cyclist, join him as he takes on the highest mountain pass in Northern Europe and riding the Sognefjell. Enjoy this fabulous blog here.
We have a truly stunning blog from Amanda Harris where she writes about her horrific accident she had two years ago while training for a charity ride. You can read her inspirational story of bravery and determination and how she has Unfinished Business.
We also have a blog from Richard Caldicott telling his story of taking on the Coast to Coast challenge with friends. You can read his touring diary here. Again Richard will be a guest blogger throughout 2016 as he takes on various challenges. You can read more of his thoughts on cycling and his adventures on his blog site by clicking here. You can also find him on Twitter under @rkcyclist. In 2015, a group of Firefighters from Yorkshire took on the awesome challenge of riding through 11 countries in 11 days to raise funds for local charities. You can read how they fared in their touring story The 11 in 11 Cycling Challenge.
We now have a Facebook page which gives all our latest news and much more. Along with our very latest news you can find a gallery of pictures taken at the London Bike Show. Give us a like here or click on the Facebook icon on the top right of every page!
Mike Simpson has joined us as a guest blogger and you can read all about a ‘little’ challenge he set himself online now. He decided to set himself the challenge of riding a lap of London without once crossing the M25 and all in one day! It’s a fascinating read and you check out his story (ab)Normal here.
We have a fascinating blog online from David Speering who writes about his experience in the Jet Black 24 hour endurance mountain bike challenge in Australia. An interesting and thought provoking blog on the effects of taking on an endurance event and a cautionary message on the importance of taking care of your nutritional needs and hydration.  You can find his blog here.
We have the latest blog from David Speering detailling his latest off-road endurance mountain bike events. A Fine Line Between Performance and Delusions is a fantastic insight into the world of elite mountain biking and shows just how different two events a week apart can be! A “must read”!!
We’re pleased to be able to announce we have a stunning touring diary from James Taylor online. He has kindly allowed us to reproduce the blog diary from his Lands End to John O’Groats challenge in 2013. All the more remarkable was he did the entire ride solo, with no service vans or backup on the entire journey. A great source of information for anybody planning their own LEJOG challenge. You can find his blog here.

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In July 2016, Dave Read took on an amazing charity challenge cycling around the south of England. His complete tour diary is online now and you can find it here or you can find it in our Touring Diaries section. A total of 734 miles over 10 and a bit days and well worth a read! Just don’t mention keys…!!!
We have the complete touring diary from Ken Flewitt’s amazing Compass Point Challenge. This challenge was to cycle to the most northerly, southerly, eastern and western points of mainland UK. He set off on 24th June and took on the challenge both solo and unsupported. You can read the full story here.
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Also online now you can find a truly awesome challenge. Get a team together and take on a 24 hour team challenge riding on the track at the National Velodromes in Manchester and Newport. Find out more about this sensational track cycling event from Cyclone24 by clicking here. If you fancy taking on the Land’s End to John O’Groats in 2017 check out rides from Action Medical Research and Bike 4 Cancer here. If cycling from London to Paris is on your wishlist for 2017 then you can check out the latest rides here. Brand new event alert! Check out the fabulous Action Medical Research for Children’s three day ride from London to Amsterdam. A stunning cycling exerience with the chance to spend some quality time in the cycling capital of Europe! For cyclists looking for a different and new challenge in 2017, you can find some stunning rides in our overseas section including the chance to take part in Maratona Dles Dolomites, one of the toughest and most important amateur events in Europe, Cycle Italy, Venice to Rome, Geneva to Nice, Paris to Geneva. Salzburg to Vienna and a challenge to ride Mont Ventoux! Take a look and pick your challenge!
James Taylor is back with another blog, this time following his three day trip along the Great Glen Way in Scotland. Check out his latest adventure here.

Cycle Journal

Following a successful Kickstarter campaign, Claire and Ania now have these amazing cycling journals available to buy. These would make a great Christmas present for the cyclist in your life! The journal is designed to allow the user to be really creative. Not only are there pages for writing but there are also pages for sketching and creating collages. Throughout, there are beautiful illustrations inspired by Claire’s trip and a world map to document the planned route. You’ll also find motivational quotes, hearty, easy-to- make recipes, touring tips inspired by Claire’s lessons learned, space for contact details of your newly-made friends, and an envelope to store mementoes like ticket stubs or postcards. Even an eco-friendly rubber band is included to hold your journal together.  You can find out more on our recommended page and you can place an order by visiting their online store.
July sees the fantastic Sportive Lakes Velo Retro Cycle Festival including three of your favourite rides from previous years, Le Loafeur, À L’ancienne and The Mighty Corinthian. This is a wonderful vintage cycling festival weekend, in which riding a bike is just part of the fun. Velo Retro is part of the Retro Rendezvous Festival which brings you one of the great weekend parties of the year! There are also Bikeathons from Bloodwise on the North Wales Coast and in Birmingham, an off-road event through the hills of the South Downs, the Swansea Bike Ride and the choice of on or off road routes in the Milton Keynes Bike Ride, all from the British Heart Foundation and Pedal for Parkinson’s Harrogate ride. Also listed is the Human Race Events Chiltern Cycling Festival with choice of seven sportive distances including a Cycletta ride, vintage bike events and a mountain biking challenge. Brand new for July! Two fantastic new events online now from our friends at The BHF. Check out their Heart of England Bike Ride and take on the chance to ride around Goodwood Motor Circuit. A couple of crackers! For more details on all these superb events head to our July page. In August we have a real monster! Check out the Orobus, a mammoth 400km ride from London to Bath and back again in aid of Action Medical Research. Also available we have the Pedal for Parkinson’s Stirling ride, Bloodwise North Wales Coast Cycle Challenge, an 84 mile flat leisure ride with some fantastic coastal views and the York 100 from Action Medical Research including a choice of 65 & 100 mile routes through some of Yorkshire’s most stunning scenery. London to Brighton anybody? In September you can be part of 5,000 people cycling from London to the sunny seaside resort with Bike 4 Cancer or alternatively you can take on the British Heart Foundation off road edition. We have the flagship Bloodwise event, the superb London Bikeathon and also rides in Essex, York and a trip along the Taff Trail in Wales. New in, the fantastic Pedal for Parkinson’s Boxcam 200 ride over two days. Plenty of choice there! Cycle through the night and see some iconic sights in a different light. Cycle past the city landmarks in London, Edinburgh, Liverpool and a fantastic ride from Manchester to Blackpool where they even turn on the illuminations to welcome you! More details can be found here. We also have some fantastic events designed for the ladies. Join celebrity Davina McCall in Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride and cycle 68 miles in this wonderful event in Sussex all in aid of Action Medical Research for Children. 2017 will be the 4th Ladies of the Lakes ride and the event grows in popularity each year! Choose between 50 & 73km routes both through the breathtaking countryside of the Lake District. Returning for a seventh summer of promoting fun and fitness on two wheels, Cycletta will this year be incorporated into some of the UK’s most highly-regarded sportives for the first time including Tour de Yorkshire and the superb Chiltern Cycling Festival.  More details for all of these fantastic events can be found on our Ladies events page.

Recommended: The Wheelpower Mix96 Tour de Vale Bike Ride

2017 events online now!

In celebration of our 2nd birthday on the 5th July, we will be releasing a selection of t-shirts and accessories including our new Cafe Cycle Club brand. In the next two weeks we’ll be adding a page showing our initial range and details of how you will be able to order. We will also be opening an Amazon shop along with items on Shopify and via several other online shops. Here are a few to whet your appetite so just click to enlarge and we hope you like them!
Check out the latest recommendation, the fabulous Mix96 Tour de Vale Bike Ride in aid of the WheelPower charity. This popular ride took place at Stoke Mandeville in Buckinghamshire and as you will see, was enjoyed on by novice cyclists to experienced sportive riders. A great day out for all and for a very worthy cause! To read all about this wonderful event go to our recommended section or click here.