Cycleogical Q and A from WAEXPO16

Wow! What a day! It’s the morning after the day before and I’m still buzzing from the second Women’s Adventure Expo held in Bristol. Last year, the event inspired me to step out of my comfort zone and ride my little Alpinestars¬†bike further than I’d ever ridden before. I was privileged to be asked along…

5 things NOT to do on a long distance bike ride

6 weeks have passed since finishing my long distance bike ride from Pontypridd (South Wales) to Chamonix (French Alps) and it already feels like a lifetime ago. Now I’m back into the hum drum of everyday life I’m wishing I was back on my bike but I’ve had a lot of time to reflect on…

Cycling to the Alps by numbers

One week ago today I rolled down the drive to my sisters house in Chamonix, France after cycling from my own house in Pontypridd,¬† South Wales. It was an amazing adventure, and to help ease myself back into everyday life I thought I’d do a blog post by numbers to keep the adventure alive. So…

Alpinestars to the Alps Thankyous

This is just a quick blog post to say a few thanks to some key people who have made this trip possible. Firstly, a huge thanks to Emma Timmis for loaning me her bike, tent and pannier bags. Her bike, Bertha, was an essential backup for BikeyMcBikeFace (my Alpinestars) which I’ve now owned for 23…

Bonneville to Chamonix – last day!

I woke up on Saturday and couldn’t quite believe it was my last day. I’ve no idea where the past week had gone. The night before I’d done final route planning and gave my Alpinestars a good clean. The last leg into Chamonix wouldn’t be straightforward as the most direct route was for cars only….

St Claude to Bonneville

Well what a difference a day makes. Woke up in St Claude pretty early in the morning on Friday. I think my anxiety of what lay ahead acted as my alarm clock. The route planning had been done and decision made about which way I needed to go to get towards Geneva and into Switzerland….

St Jean de Losne to St Claude

Brutal. That’s the word that sums up Thursday. This is where the biking starts to have a bit of a sting in the tail following on from some nice jaunts through rural France. The day started in the usual way with packing up our camping spot and eating my pot of porridge. Luckily Dizzy the…

Montbard to St Jean de Losne

So the journey south east towards Chamonix continues and it’s Wednesday 18th May. Having left home in Pontypridd on Monday 9th May I’m well and truly into my second week of biking and things are going pretty well. There are so many words I could use to describe the trip so far. Here’s a handful…

Sens to Montbard

So, day 7 in the saddle and not your ordinary Tuesday. Is it Tuesday? I think so….time is starting to blur a bit at the edges. We packed up from the campsite in Sens in the sun and luck was on our side as it stayed dry all day. The mornings are a bit chilly…

Paris to Sens

I’m on the road again for day 6 of cycling, after spending two days in Paris with the Cardiff Dragons women’s football team at a tournament. What a brilliant weekend. I can’t say it was restful as we had to be at the pitch by 830am on Saturday, plus the standard of football was outstanding…

Gisors to Paris

Another eventful day on the road as I headed to Paris from a town called Gisors… Waking up at the campsite was so lovely and peaceful. The promise of an overnight electrical storm didn’t materialise thankfully. It’s was a foggy morning and a bit cool. Nice cycling weather. Not too hot not too cold. I’d…

Dieppe to Gisors

Helloooooo! Ali and BikeyMcBikeFace reporting in on Thursday after another day of pedalling through France. So we boarded the 11pm ferry to Dieppe and managed to catch a few z’s on the way. It was mildly difficult as all the way there the ship was beeping its horn. It was only when we woke as…