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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?

New events for 2018 now online!

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.

Blogs written by cyclists for cyclists

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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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.
In April we have three superb events in Wales, Essex and Kent. Try your hand at the Whitehead Tour de Gwent in aid of St David’s Hospice Care with six routes available so definitely something for everyone. The return of the hugely popular Pedal 4 the J’s in aid of The J’s Hospice & Haven Hospices with 15, 35 and 50 mile routes around springtime Eseex countryside. A cracking ride around the seaside towns of Kent can be had in the KM Charity team Big Kent Bike Ride. Recently added - we have two stunning sportives in the Let’s Go Velo Brewery Sportive series in the Chiltern Valley & the Wye Valley. Go for it! The run into summer continues with charity, fun rides and sportives in Yorkshire, Kent, Gloucestershire, Suffolk, Buckinghamshire and two stunning events in the beautiful Scottish countryside. All these can be found on our new May page. *Just added - two superb Bloodwise Bikeathons in Vyrnwy, Powys & Grimsby! Our first batch of June events are now online including the iconic BHF London to Brighton, Bikeathons in the Wirral & Birmingham in aid of Bloodwise, the annual Tilnar Challenge where you decide route, how far and how long you cycle for, the fantastic Mix96 Tour de Vale in aid of Wheelpower and two awesome events from Action Medical Research for Children, the Trossochs Ton & Davina’s Big Sussex Bike Ride. *New - brand new events including the fantastic Bloodwise Rugby & Coventry Bikeathon and cycle around the stunning Gloucestershire countryside in the spectacular Ride for Ryder 30th Anniversary Sportive in aid of Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. Plenty to choose from and more on the way! July brings a variety of events for you to look forward to. Three awesome mountain bike challenges from the BHF, two fantastic weekend cycling festivals including Sportive Lakes Velo Retro spectacular in the stunning Lake District, the Bloodwise Southend Bikeathon, two superb Let’s Go Velo sportives in Scotland and the Peak District and a great day out cycling through Somerset on the Great Weston Ride. Definitely something for everyone! Just the one ride in August but what a stunning one it is! Take on the Yorkshire Dales & cycle through areas of outstanding natural beauty in the superb Action Medical Research for Children York 100. Newly added is our September page and it definitely has something for every cyclist! We have the Bloodwise flagship event of 2018, their fantastic London Bikethon, the return of Let’s Go Velo’s Swan Cycle through Worcestershire, the Great Exmoor ride through stunning scenery and a beach finish in Somerset, and Action Medical Research’s Essex 100 to start the month. In the middle of the month you can be part of 5,000 cyclists taking part in Bike 4 Cancer’s London to Brighton event or alternatively you can take on the Bloodwise London to Cambridge challenge as part of the Pedal4Cancer campaign. The month finishes with a stunning (and tough!) London to Brighton off road challenge where you really get to test your mountain biking skills all in aid of the British Heart Foundation! Last but by no means least, you can ride Velo South through the leafy south downs countryside starting and finishing in Goodwood and if you’d like to get a taste of the Tour de France, you might like to try the TP ICAP L’Etape London by Le Tour de France, organised by Human Race and in support of Access Sport which brings the glamour of the Tour de France to the capital. Plenty to choose from there and no reason not to finish your season with a bang! Also new online now we have 14 charities with guaranteed places for Ride London 2018 up for grabs. If you missed out on the ballot and still fancy taking part then check out our Ride London charity listings page here, Bloodwise, Marie Curie, the British Heart Foundation and the Alzheimer’s Society offer you the chance to see Glasgow, London and Liverpool in a different light by taking on one of the Nightrider events for charity. The BHF also offer you the chance to take on their stunning Manchester to Blackpool night ride in October. You can find all of these opportunities on our Nightrides page. Fancy taking on your dream ride in 2018? Check out our worldwide page where you’ll find some truly stunning “once in a lifetime” tours and sportives through some of the most wonderful scenery. We have also added five fabulous London to Amsterdam rides from Bike 4 Cancer, Action Med Res & Alzheimer’s Society.  

Online shop

We are pleased to announce the launch of our new online merchandise portal in conjuction with printing company C2O. See below for some examples of t-shirts, hoodies and bags available to order from 10th November 2017. You can find more pictures on our new Merchandise page along with links to the online shop. For more details of offers and new designs keep an eye out on our Twitter account and Facebook page.

Tours du Tarn - womens cycling holidays in France

Fancy a week of cycling, socialising, food and drink specifically designed for groups of female cyclists? Tours du Tarn are a family run cycling business based in South West France offering centre-based tours from our newly renovated barn where each room has a private ensuite and double, twin or superking bed. Our prices include, breakfast, evening meals (with wine!), airport or train station transfers, hybrid bike hire, an 11x5m pool and that's before we even get to the cycling that's on offer! You can find full details and reviews for Tours du Tarn by clicking here.

Tilnar Cycle Challenge

We have the press release from the 2017 Tilnar Cycle Challenge and it turned out to be the most successful yet. Check out all the latest from Tom and the and the Tilnar gang as they prepare to add new a few awesome new initiatives for 2018. These include: new 1, 5, and 10 hour Time Categories as well as the main 15 Hour Category meaning ALL cyclists should be able to take part and compete in a shorter time category if necessary. More Flexibility - The Main Day will be 24th June 2018 but Challengers will be able to do their rides in the 2 weeks either side of the Main Day meaning there is no reason not to enter! This really is a fantastic initiative which aims to get people cycling while also raising money for local, national and international charities. As the buzzline says Your Challenge. Your Charity. Your Day. You Decide… You can find the 2017 press release online now. Join in the fun!
We have two brand new blogs online now. The first is a stunning personal voyage from Dave Robinson where he tells us all about how taking up cycling changed his life. A great example of how a simple change of lifestyle can have such an effect. His journey also includes his participation in Revolve 24, a tough 24 hour team challenge around Brands Hatch. This fascinating read is available now My Brands Hatch Story.
Also new is a fantastic informational blog from Angus King on Improving as a Beginner Cyclist in Winter with many great points and tips. Check it out!