Some Highlights From 2016

We’ve been a little lax over here on this blog so here are some highlights from the year so far! Some will involve the two of us whilst others will be things I (Joe) have been undertaking outside of the “Roaming Cyclists”. Essex, Suffolk, Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Trip: Cambridge 100 Sportive  XC Cambridgeshire on new…

Dorset 2016: Day 1 and 2

We spent a week cycling in Dorset exploring its coastline, holloways, villages and towns. In Dorset, like in so many other places, there is a distinct sense of place that sets it aside from anywhere else in the country. Its history and its natural wonder were part of its allure. Out of Dorchester, weary yet…

Dorset Equipment Testing / Getting Muddy

  We headed out on a wet and gusty morning to get in a bit of riding in preparation for our Dorset trip this February. Suited and booted in a few new items of clothing, more suitable for adverse weather, the ride was not as bad as it could’ve been. It was a good test of…

The Light Blue Wolfson Bike Build (Part 1)

As of June 2015 I have been working at Townsends Light Blue Cycle Centre in Cambridge. The job has been incredibly enjoyable and educational so far, opening my eyes to many aspects of the cycling industry I would have otherwise been naive to. It has taught me how to maintain, repair and build – skills…

DAY 7: 3 PEAKS BIKE TOUR

I woke feeling relatively okay. I had expected to stir every hour or so with cramps during the night but it hadn’t happened. When we left the camp there were a great deal of Holstein-Friesian cows crowded together in the field beside us. As we approached they shifted closer to inspect us, and as we…

3 Peaks By Bike Short Film

Shortly after returning from our trip we put together a small video to give people an idea of some of the things that went on during the 3 weeks we were away. It is by no means a comprehensive video as there was a lot we didn’t/couldn’t film. I am still in the process of…

Day 6: 3 Peaks Bike Tour

It has been a long time since I have looked at the words in my notebook, a long time since I have even thought about it. I suppose now’s as good a time as any. If anything sums up DAY 6 of our trip it is the first 3 words scrawled onto the page in…

A glimpse into the shade-world

A short trip has been in the planning for quite some time now. We are embracing the colder months, setting off on a number of day-rides between now and February, and embarking on a weeks riding and exploring on the South Coast in Dorset. We have chosen Dorset, not only for its natural beauty, but…

HLS: A mute and detached domain

On Sunday at 5:30pm I met with Adam and Allegra to go and explore Huntingdon Life Sciences old headquarters – a dilapidated building on acres of ground just between Huntingdon and St Ives. The plan was hatched over a few drinks in the Falcon one evening and before we knew it the day had come…

Day 5: 3 Peaks Bike Tour – Snowdon Hike

We slept in a little longer than the last few mornings as all we had to do today was hike up Snowdon. At 9:00am we crawled out of our tents to views of the surrounding mountains in the Nant Peris valley. We had spoken to a couple staying in an army surplus tent a few yards…

Day 4: 3 Peaks Bike Tour

When we crawled out of bed in the morning we were confronted with an audience of cows, all starey and menacing. We packed down, constantly looking over our shoulders to make sure out neighbours weren’t advancing upon us – a few had gnarly horns poking out of their fat heads. We began the day by…

Day 3: 3 Peaks Bike Tour

6:00am start in a drizzle that felt more like a torrent when descending hills at 30mph. We changed into our waterproofs and they did the job well. In a way riding in the rain can be quite enjoyable when you’re properly prepared for it. We stopped in Market Drayton and with it being a bank…