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Bump, Bike and Baby

On March 15, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,Writing, With No Comments

This is a guest blog from Moire O’Sullivan, a mountain runner and adventure racer whose journey through motherhood while winning Ireland’s National Adventure Race Series is recounted in her new book, ‘Bump, Bike and Baby’. Here she explains why she writes, and how being a mother has impacted upon her adventures. The Healing Power…

Sonnet for the seasons

On March 13, 2018, Posted by , In Writing, With No Comments

A landscape lain with pure-white driven snow, Beneath the deep-set flakes are snowdrops hid, The air hangs thick with smoke from coals aglow and ice-laced water causes ducks to skid. Soon leaves will bud and blooming bulbs will blaze and nestlings stake their claim to river’s edge. Fresh spring succumbs…

Cafe Kino Falafel Friday

On March 9, 2018, Posted by , In Falafel Friday,Vegan, With No Comments

In an arty patch of Bristol, full of independent venues and bicycles, stands Cafe Kino, a 100% vegan workers cooperative and the scene of this week’s Falafel Friday search. Many of my friends have recommended Kino with its delicious-looking menu and impressive range of cakes. It’s a well-establised part of…

March challenge: go for a run

On March 9, 2018, Posted by , In GetOutside,Running, With No Comments

I never used to understand running. Why would you put yourself through sweaty, painful, injury-inducing exercise that was slow and boring? Give me a bicycle any day. But then I signed up for an Ironman triathlon, and was forced to learn to run (a marathon of all things – having…

Marianne Martin – Winner of the first Tour de France Féminin

On March 8, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,International Women's Day,Pedal Power, With No Comments

This is one of my favourite stories from my book ‘Pedal Power’ – I just love the thought of women triumphantly riding the Tour de France. It’s a tragic indication of the status of women’s sport that this no longer happens. It wasn’t about the money anyway. We did it because…

Eileen Sheridan – The Mighty Atom

On March 8, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,International Women's Day,Pedal Power, With No Comments

The ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats is the most iconic in the British Isles; from the bottom left-hand corner of England to the top right-hand corner of Scotland, the ‘End to End’ ride extends 870 miles through steadily morphing landscapes, stretching from the devilish Cornish hills to…

Alfonsina Strada – riding with the men

On March 8, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,International Women's Day,Pedal Power, With No Comments

The 1924 Giro d’Italia nearly didn’t happen. The multiple-stage race through the mountains and landscapes of Italy had been staged almost every year since its launch in 1909, but a dispute over pay in 1924 led to a boycott by many of its top riders. In a post-war era, staging…

Annie Londonderry: the first woman to cycle around the world

On March 8, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,International Women's Day,Pedal Power, With No Comments

It took a remarkable woman to set off to ride a bicycle around the world in 1890s America: Annie Kopchovsky had a husband, three children and responsibilities as a housewife. It was not just a novelty for a young woman to leave those duties, but to do it in pursuit…

Frances Willard: ‘She who gains the mastery of the bicycle will gain the mastery of life’

On March 8, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,International Women's Day,Pedal Power, With No Comments

Bicycles are just as good company as most husbands, and when they get shabby or old a woman can dispose of it and get a new one without shocking the entire community. ~ Ann Strong, Minneapolis Tribune, 1895 The advent of the safety bicycle meant that cycling boomed. Starley’s invention had…

Tessie Reynolds – a pioneer of rational dress

On March 8, 2018, Posted by , In Cycling,International Women's Day,Pedal Power, With No Comments

On International Women’s Day we celebrate those women who have made an impact on our lives. Tessie Reynolds was one of those women: a young cycling enthusiast and an unintentional pioneer of gender equality. This is an excerpt from my book ‘Pedal Power: inspirational stories from the world of cycling’  Miss…

The Drastic No Plastic challenge: conclusions

On March 2, 2018, Posted by , In Lifestyle, With No Comments

I wandered along the shingle for a while, my steps uneven on the shifting ground, noticing just how much litter there was. Almost all of it was plastic. How ironic, I thought, that these single-use items are made from a material that lasts forever.