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Posts Tagged ‘Britain’

WoollyPigs & Peli

Posted March 4th, 2011

Wooly Pigs & Peli

“We both love camping and cycling. For some reason it took some time for us to figure out that you could join them together and have much fun.”

“Our first tour was to Croatia and we really loved it. We went a couple of times to Wales as a warm up for our trip to New Zealand in 2010. In 2011, we are going to Denmark, France and a little tour of the UK, where we live. Our only problem now is where next, when and in what order? There are so many places to cycle tour.”

Read more about their adventures on the Woolly Pigs website.

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Tom Jackson

Posted January 28th, 2011

Tom Jackson

“I have just graduated university and before getting stuck in the 9-5 rat race I decided I should take some time out and do some more travelling,” says Tom (read his travel blog).

Tom has already proven his credentials as an adventurous person. During a trip in New Zealand, he bought a used mountain bike on a whim and cycled 2,500km around NZ with it.

This spurred another trip; a 10,000km journey through 26 European countries. Now that he’s discovered cycling, Tom’s decided his next adventure will be entirely on two wheels.

“To me cycling is the perfect way to travel, slow enough to see things others wouldn’t without taking too long to get between destinations. It’s cheap and good for you, I can’t see any reason why someone wouldn’t want to travel by bike (…well ok I can, but there are ways round most of the obvious issues).”

“Thanks to my bicycle I get to meet lots of locals on the way (and experience true hospitality) whilst also really getting off the beaten track,” says Tom. In future, he’s going to try and do more off-road touring, to help stay away from the worst of the traffic and really get out into the landscape.

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Nigel Francis

Posted January 26th, 2011

Nigel Francis

Nigel is from Britain and is exploring his home country through bike touring. You can read all about it on his website: Really Useful Bicycle Journeys.

“We are fortunate enough to inhabit a beautiful isle (the 5th largest in the world). Generally we do not see or get out and take in this stunning piece of real estate, so how better than by my own steam on a bicycle,” he says.

His bike is a British-built Orange P7 mountain bike that dates from 1998.

“The bike received a face lift pre my travels down to South Africa and Namibia in 2003 to follow another dream and train as a commercial pilot. The bike enjoyed a good thrashing through South African woods and over rugged Namibian bedrock as further adventures pursued. Back in the UK now, the adventurer still lives on, so a second reincarnation is due for my trusty steed.”

The ‘reincarnation’ was inspired by Nigel’s commutes through Cornwall’s back lanes and he’s rebuilt his old mountain bike to take on some bike tours.

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Darrell Whittle

Posted January 16th, 2011

Darrell Whittle

“I have always liked being outdoors and got back into cycling when I started cycle commuting to work in 2008. I realised cycle touring/camping would be a great way to experience the countryside at a nice pace while being able to carry my gear with relative ease,” writes Darrell.

“I bought a touring bike in 2010 and completed the Pennine Cycleway a short while later raising some money for charity. I only manage day rides at the moment due to work and family commitments but aspire to longer more challenging trips in the future.”

Middle Age Cyclist is Darrell’s blog about his cycling adventures.

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Graeme Willgress

Posted September 14th, 2010

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Graeme started cycling to help his mental health after a major breakdown some years ago. In 2009, he took on a big goal: 4,000 miles around the UK coast to support Sustrans – a UK charity that builds the National Cycle Network.

Graeme also wants his ride to raise awareness of the problems mental health brings along with ways to manage them. He did 2 tours to prepare for his big ride.

“The first saw me rounding Lands End on the Devon Cornish cost ride (370 miles) and the second was an epic trip up to Snowdonia and back from my Devon house (728 miles),” he writes in an email.

“My mental health is still unsettled and cycling makes me feel so much better. I love to camp and use a Carry Freedom ‘City’ trailer which I love to bits. The last tour was done on a Dahon Cadenza folding bike with discs, hub gears and 26″ wheels, but I’m one of those who prefers the 20″ wheel versions, theyre so much fun, and comfy for us older riders with encylopedic doctors files!!”

Follow Graeme’s ride on his website and his Just Giving page for donations to his selected charitable causes.

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