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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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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.
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.

Kickstarter: Kitnetik

Check out the first Kickstarter campaign in our new “Innovations” section. Tim Hoyle has developed a fantastic hanging system for drying all your sports kit in one go. Ladies and gentlemen, we bring you the Kitnetik. A great idea specially designed for cyclists and runners to efficiently dry out wet sports kit and quickly store away, keeping it all together ready for use. Read all about it here and and get involved with this superb Kickstarter project.

New events for 2018

We have two fantastic early season events online from our friends at the British Heart Foundation. The first is the Peak District Mountain Bike Challenge, a tough ride through the brutal terrain of the Hope Valley in Derbyshire.  With a choice of exciting and technical 37 or 69 kilometer courses, this is definitely a great challenge to start your mountain biking season! This ride has limited places available so it’s best to sign up soon to avoid disappointment. The second is the much more sedate Kempton Park to Reading Bike Ride. Dust off your bike and join the BHF for this superb ride following the Thames and riding through the leaft Berkshire countryside. The event is ideal for those who haven’t taken part in many cycling events before. The largely flat route and quiet roads make the challenge an achievable one whilst the beautiful views and amazing atmosphere will allow you to see for yourself just how much fun can be had on two wheels! Give it a go! You can find full details for both these events by clicking here or heading to our March 2018 page. Many more brand new rides for 2018 will be coming soon!

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!