Le Petit Train du Nord – out and back: 467km, 28 hrs aka Under-eating and the Importance of Sleep

I have been (time-permitting) obsessively dot watching the Transcontinental 2017 Race for the last couple of days. It’s an event that fascinates me and motivates me to train harder. Right now, with family and work obligations it’s only a fantasy for me to compete in these events, but I know time will pass, and in a few years’ time I’ll [...]

By | July 31st, 2017|Bike Packing, Brevet, Cycle Touring, Road Riding|0 Comments

Aptitude and Ability – thoughts on brevets, and ultra-distance riding

The best part about long distance bike riding is discovering a secret world that lies beneath the day to day biking world of well-known races and weekend warriors. It likes to hide from the glare of semi-professional training organizations and adaptive consumer biking technology.I’m not making a case for it being better or worse than any other ways to recreate and have fun on a bike, but it is undeniably a great feeling to find out on the way through your sport that other people share the same

By | April 12th, 2017|Brevet, Training|0 Comments

Le Petit Train du Nord – Double Double Epic – Day 2 Mt Laurier – St Jerome 204kms

I had this notion that it would be fun to ride back from Mont Laurier to St Jerome the following day. This time “downhill” and with the wind at my back. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again – getting up and knowing there is the whole day ahead with nothing to do but ride is one of life’s great pleasures for me.I’m not a big fan of out and back routes. Personally I like the big circle routes. It’s always true to say that the return trip is a different experience to the outbound leg of

By | July 3rd, 2016|Brevet, Mountain Biking|0 Comments

Le Petit Train du Nord – Double Double Epic – Day 1 St Jerome – Mt Laurier 205kms

I had this notion that it would be fun to ride from St Jerome to Mont Laurier on the somewhat slightly famous Petit Train du Nord bike path. Initially constructed as a railway line in the late 1800s it was converted to a bike path in the 1990's and is one of the longest purpose built bike routes in the [...]

By | June 26th, 2016|Bike Packing, Brevet, Mountain Biking|0 Comments