A chat with Phil Gaimon: being cold, eating cookies, and racing Cadel (…or not).

I decided to contact Phil Gaimon to ask for an interview on a bit of a whim. I'd recently listened to the latest edition of his podcast, 'The Real Talent', and had just placed an order for his then-upcoming book, 'Draft Animals'. I'd read his previous books and had listened to his podcasts for a …

Inside an Iron Ride: Haute Route Pyrenees and Alps 2017 – Part Two – Alps

Having ridden numerous Haute Routes before, I took the plunge and entered into the Iron race for 2017. The Iron challenge is that for those stupid enough to do two events, and I chose the Pyrenees and Alps. Why these two? I’d have loved to have ridden the Dolomites, but having ridden the Maratona (and a …

Inside an Iron Ride: Haute Route Pyrenees and Alps 2017 – Part One – Pyrenees

Having ridden numerous Haute Routes before, I took the plunge and entered into the Iron race for 2017. The Iron challenge is that for those stupid enough to do two events, and I chose the Pyrenees and Alps. Why these two? I'd have loved to have ridden the Dolomites, but having ridden the Maratona (and a …

A celebration of simplicity: the Maratona Dles Dolomiti, Veloforte, and all things Italian

In the face of a world where we have watches that can control our fridges, multiple screens bombarding us with messaging, and computers that can analyse our speed, cadence, heart rate and power output for any given second of a bike ride, Italian culture remains staunchly simple. Through the ages, Italian culture has celebrated simplicity. …