Although I’ve enjoyed riding since I was a young boy living in North Wales, I started cycling seriously as an alternative form of exercise to skiing – and to save my knees!
The madness started with a dare and a ride from Land’s End to John o’ Groats – four days and 880 miles later, I proved my point. Since then, I’ve become a lot more serious about training and preparation, but I really do enjoy this sort of endurance challenge. The truth is that I just love riding, and riding different bikes given half a chance. Riding my bike relaxes me, calms me down, and gives me plenty of time to think about and plan all sorts of projects.
Dream Bikepacking Trip
I dream of cycling around the world. It’s a little insane, but I want to ride a pedal boat across the ocean and a bike across the land – truly riding round the world.
Proudest Bikepacking Moment:
Finishing the Colorado Trail Race on the second attempt. 550 miles of mostly single track, over some rather big mountains.
Advice for New Bikepackers
- You need a lot less than you think.
- Keep eating.
Key Cycling Achievements:
- 2011 Tour D’Afrique Cairo to Cape Town
- 2013 7th place Colorado Trail Race
- 2013 World Record fastest cycle across Europe
- 2014 1st place Hoodoo 500
- 2014 1st place 24 hours in the Canyon