The End

‘What was it Mark said three and-a half years ago?’ I joked to Tenny. ‘Cycle on the left, cycle on the left, cycle on the left . . . or die!’ And with that we rolled off the ferry and onto the British mainland. There was no turning back now:…

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I don’t want to spend the rest of my life trying to get one over on my younger self

I return from the quiet spot at the far end of the beach with my video camera. It is almost completely dark, and the soldiers have set up camp in one of the huts. Unpacking my sleeping gear on one of the beach loungers some distance away, I notice a…

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I cycle east out of Aden, savouring every breath of breeze

Aden is a nice place, I think, as we race along the cliff-hugging roads in and around the crater of the extinct volcano that houses the city. This upwelling of rock off the south coast of Yemen is connected to the mainland by a narrow strip of land. Without this…

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Soon I’d ditched the traditional idea of being lost or found altogether

Mokha isn’t my ideal destination, but it ends up being the first available boat ride. The port once gave its name to a variety of coffee bean which was exported from its harbours before more profitable crops like qat took prominence in Yemen. Five crewmen, a handful of passengers and…

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20 Hard-Earned Survival Tips For Cycling In Winter

This piece originally appeared in BikesEtc Magazine. “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just inappropriate clothing”, Sir Ranulph Fiennes once said. I don’t imagine he got the idea from winter cycling, but the same holds true: there’s nothing stopping you pedalling through darkening days and sub-zero temperatures, as long…

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