Posts Tagged ‘wales’

The Hemingway Way.

September 28, 2010

I just got back from a fishing trip in Snowdonia and while the car journey through the Welsh valleys was beautiful and at times spellbinding, I simply wanted to be on my bike because as Hemingway rightly wrote:

It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.

Newport Nocturne.

August 5, 2010

The night riders are back in town! Britain’s brightest and best cycle race gets back on the road in Newport, Shropshire, on Saturday September 4th. It’s the return of the original and best floodlit bike race in the country.

About 14,000 spectators have lined the barriers for previous versions of the race. It evolved from the classic Davies & Jeggo Motors Road Race, which brought all the top professionals to Newport for two decades. It was the British professional championship in its final three years as a long-distance event before promoter Michael Jeggo hit on the idea of putting it on as a Nocturne.

The riders snake through the little market town under a combination of streetlights and industrial floodlighting brought in especially for the occasion. They power up the cobbled St Mary’s Street each lap, cheered by the most-knowledgeable crowd in cycling.

Gutted I am, I’d love to reach this but I can’t as I’ll probably be in France again for the annual alpine adventure with the Spinwell Factory racing team.

Never mind, I should be back in time to catch stage three of the ToB. Better than nothing I suppose.

Thanks Carl for the linkywinky.


February 1, 2010

I love days like this.

Photograph taken by my pal Kevin Kafesu on a recent trip to Wales.

Spinwell Projects.1

December 17, 2009

Spinwell Projects. 1 commences with the arrival of the long awaited Bobble Beanie.

It took a while but they are finally here and now I actually get to hold them and realise the colours I chose in full effect I must say I am absolutely stoked. Both options look great and complement each other beautifully with their respective palettes.

Made by one man and his machine in Wales these are a total representation of keeping things local… Well as local as I could get anyhow and considering the current “economic crisis” I thought it very important to support the independent U.K manufacturer.

Limited to 30 pieces in total with 15 in each colour.
Available in Choice A – Red, White and School Grey or alternatively choice B – School Grey, White and Red.
They are fully machine washable and come in one size.


For details on how you can get your mitts on this fine merchandise go here to the Spinwell store.

Spinwell Projects.

December 10, 2009

Not long now folks!


October 5, 2009


Yup, I did it… last friday I rode the 80 miles across the English / Welsh border into Welshpool and it was real hard, well from Cleobury Mortimer it was hard at least. You underestimate how much it helps to have other riders with you on journeys such as these as I travelled alone. The pain in my knee and the fatigue across my shoulders probably wouldn’t have bothered me so much if I was riding with someone else but alone those minor niggles became massive injuries ( well in my mind anyway ) and I could not think about anything else.

All that said I endured the pain ( and the careless caravan towing association who very nearly killed me on two occasions ) and got to my destination where a bath and a home cooked meal awaited me.

For anyone interested in the numbers I rode 81 miles in 4h 48m and that is with absolutely no thanks to the headwind.

While on the subject I would like to congratulate my home slice Adam ‘Army’ Armstrong who bagged his ‘cent’ over the weekend by cycling his favourite 25 mile loop 4 times. Good on you Army, hope your limbs feel better! Next time we ride 100 miles in 1 direction… then ride back!


October 2, 2009


No posts today friends, I am off to ride the 80 or so miles into Wales.

My route looks good once out of smoke filled Birmingham and I am really looking forward to the hills at around 50 miles in… the Long Mynd especially! I remember rambling over that as a kid but anyway I digress.

Have a nice weekend kids and rememeber… Whatever you do this weekend, ride safe.

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