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Basic Bike Check

On December 30, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety, With No Comments

New bicycle for Christmas? Here is a simple check that will help keep it road worthy.   A – air B – brakes C – chain D – direction E – everything else     Air. Pump tyres to the correct pressure – it is written on the side of…

The BeST ride: Greenwich to Peacehaven along the Meridian Line

On October 30, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

It’s the idea of my friend Ed, to celebrate the end of British Summer Time by cycling along the Meridian Line from capital to coast. We meet at the top of Greenwich Park, the whole of London laid out below in a blur of early-morning mist, the avenues of trees…

My vegan week

On October 15, 2016, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With No Comments

My sister’s house has been home this week while my boat has some work done in the marina. To say thanks I’ve cooked dinner each night. For a sister and brother-in-law who are both meat-eaters, my vegan cooking has been something of a change for them. They’ve really loved it…

RideLondon 100

On August 8, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling, With 5 Comments

This is the fifth year of the RideLondon-Surrey 100, one of the legacies of the London 2012 Olympic Games, and the first time I’ve ridden in such a huge sportive. Nearly 30,000 people registered for the event, and I queue up at the start surrounded by hundreds upon hundreds of…

I Need One Dance

On July 29, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

14th April 2016. David Cameron was Prime Minister. Boris Johnson was Mayor of London. Roy Hodgson was England manager. Bernie Sanders was giving Hillary Clinton a run for her money in the US Presidential Primaries. Chris Evans was the presenter of Top Gear. Peggy Mitchell was the queen of the…

In praise of lentils

On July 26, 2016, Posted by , In Lifestyle,Vegan, With 2 Comments

As a vegan, I’m often asked, “What do you eat?” One of my staples is lentils – a food I had barely eaten before becoming vegan, but something I couldn’t now live without. Lentils are high in protein and carbohydrates, and a good source of iron, fibre, B vitamins and…

The unlikely Ironman

On July 26, 2016, Posted by , In Ironman,Running, With No Comments

This is the mother of all triathlons: a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride, and a 26.2 mile run. In June I travelled up to the Lake District to take part in the Lakesman iron-distance triathlon, an event I’d been training for solidly for 6 months. I’d never run…

Tips for safe cycling #3: Hazardous surfaces

On July 13, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

For the second time in two weeks, I’ve fallen off my bike. This isn’t a great score for someone who teaches people to ride bikes for a living, but perhaps it’s for a reason; just call me Anna ‘I Have Accidents So You Don’t Have To’ Hughes. The first fall…

Cycle Touring Festival 2016

On May 28, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Touring, With 1 Comment

It’s the second annual Cycle Touring Festival and I’m here in the beautiful setting of Waddow Hall in Lancashire. The weather is gorgeous and it’s very green: trees and long grasses cover the steep slope that leads down to the water. Some local boys have been walking across the top…

Tips for safe cycling #2: Taking the lane

On May 13, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

According to Transport for London (TfL), 77% of accidents happen at junctions. It’s understandable why this can be a hotspot for collision: there are two or more directions of traffic, visibility can be reduced, and confusion is common. For cyclists, the statistics are more scary: junctions are where most fatalities…

Open letter to Boris Johnson

On April 28, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

Dear Boris, Your Cycle Superhighways are advertised as “safer, faster and more direct” routes into the capital, providing routes for cyclists along the roads they might otherwise drive down – quick, direct routes into the capital that follow trunk roads. The infrastructure for motor vehicles is direct and clearly signposted, whereas…

The Daily Shower

On April 27, 2016, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

Chris Stark from Radio 1 doesn’t shower in the morning. Scott Mills thinks it’s disgusting. I don’t shower in the morning; I don’t shower in the evenings either. Often I go an ENTIRE WEEK without washing. But don’t I smell? Well, no. Let’s start with hair. It’s a fairly common rumour…

The vegan Ironman

On April 12, 2016, Posted by , In Ironman,Running,Vegan, With 4 Comments

When I have taken on challenges before, I’ve shied away from my vegan diet, unsure of whether I would survive intense physical activity on a plant-based diet. This time there’s no question: I’m vegan. Even with such a gruelling training regime, I’m sticking to it. And it is gruelling: I’m…

Ironman 70.3

On March 28, 2016, Posted by , In Ironman,Running, With No Comments

Yesterday I completed a half ironman. This is something I never thought I’d do – just the name sounds ridiculous. Maybe that’s why they call it that – to put people off. Because actually, I found it easy. Well, as easy as swimming 1.2 miles, cycling 56 miles and running…

Midnight riding

On March 28, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

It’s 10.30pm when my alarm goes off, waking me from a brief nap. I set my snooze alarm twice before finally dragging myself out of bed and dressing in my cycling gear. It’s pitch black outside, with a few stars and an almost full moon visible between the clouds. I…

Five things cycling around Britain taught me

On March 23, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain, With No Comments

It’s possible to cycle round the world. I haven’t done it myself, but I know plenty of people who have (including Al Humphreys, whose map this is). The world might seem impossibly huge – but keep the pedals turning and the miles soon pass. It’s true of any distance –…

Reflections on being an author

On March 20, 2016, Posted by , In Eat, Sleep, Cycle,Writing, With 9 Comments

It’s a year since I became an author, the culmination of three years of hard work putting pen to paper (well, fingertips to keyboard) and scraping together the story of my 4000 mile bike ride around the coast of Britain. I wrote a couple of blogs about the writing process…

On running

On March 19, 2016, Posted by , In Ironman,Running, With No Comments

I’m teaching myself to run a marathon. I’ve never run a marathon before, and this is not just any marathon – it’s a marathon after having swum 2.4 miles and ridden my bike for 8 hours. I am taking part in the Lakesman iron-distance triathlon this summer, something I’d never…

A grand adventure for less than a grand

On March 8, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Round-Britain, With No Comments

A little while ago I was interviewed by Alastair Humphreys for his Adventure 1000 blog which aims to demonstrate how you can have a big adventure without spending loads of money and without being a super fit adventurer. Alastair has collated that interview along with loads of others in his new book…

Tips for safe cycling #1: Door Zone

On March 3, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Road Safety,safety tips, With No Comments

When I was 18 I moved to Manchester to start a music degree at Manchester University. To get from my student house to campus I had to cycle up Wilmslow Road through Rusholme – the Curry Mile – a busy route shared with vans unloading at the kerb side, buses,…

Why do I do it?

On February 24, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling,Lifestyle,Round-Britain, With 1 Comment

For as long as I can remember I have ridden a bike. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision to be a ‘cyclist’ but it just so happened that cycling ticked all the boxes. It was the quickest way to get to school, the cheapest way to get to university,…

Liverpool to Manchester ride

On February 6, 2016, Posted by , In Cycling, With No Comments

I’ve always been fascinated by watercourses, the web of rivers and streams that dissects the land, flowing endlessly towards the sea. I love the path that they cut, both natural and manmade; it’s fascinating to see how we built our societies around rivers as a source of life, of trade,…