‘Cycling with Cheese’

With so much on offer around Sainte-Foy, the team at 45 Degrees North are introducing the nicknamed ‘Cycling with Cheese’ week as a new addition in 2015!  It is primarily aimed at people who love to cycle but are relatively new to the sport or take a more leisurely approach to their riding. With less time in the saddle you get the chance to explore the local area.  Whether you would like to take the scenic walk to our local fromagerie, visit the market or try many of the more adventurous activities available or just kick back on the balcony this week could …

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Tales from Tajikistan, it was quite eventful!

Ever heard of the Pamir Highway?  Its the 2nd highest road in the world & we cycled over it with 20kg of panniers on our 10kg bikes!  Here’s our latest blog. Sneak peak: Well, we have been chewed up and spat out by Tajikistan. The last few weeks have been beyond hard and we are all looking a little worse for wear as a result. We being, me, Chris and a good proportion of our gear. The Trolls have come into their own though and handled the terrain well which is good because we chose them with Tajikistan in mind. …

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Enchanting Uzbekistan

How many people have even heard of Uzbekistan, let alone cycled through it?  Here’s how we got on, detailed in our latest blog post. Sneak preview: We were sitting by the side of the road somewhere between Samarkand and Bukhara eating fresh pomegranates that a man had walked by and handed us, when a boy of around 12 years old galloped past bareback on his donkey. He was in pursuit of three bullocks which had also just galloped past, jumped a canal and disappeared off down a slope. The boy paused on the embankment to look at us looking at …

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Azerbaijan – Desert, Dogs & Bond Street

Ever fancied cycling through Azerbaijan?  We cycled across it from Georgia to Baku on the Caspian Sea.  Read about it here. Here’s a sneak preview: Cycling into Azerbaijan was in many ways like returning to our long lost friend Turkey but, and at the risk of offending any of our new Turkish friends who may be reading, with a little more order. At least superficially in the way the fields and crops are laid out in clear, tidy rows and the produce sold at roadside stalls is stacked into perfect pyramids in separate baskets on purpose built shelves rather than …

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Georgia, the Long Way Round

There’s 2 ways into Georgia from Turkey, the coastal route through the city of Batumi & a myriad of dangerous tunnels & the other way.  Read about it here. Sneak peak: So onto Georgia and a wholly different country from Turkey but a great experience all the same. We entered the country through the ‘back door’ so to speak. With no trace of tourism in sight and the local families all hard at work cutting hay in the fields, we were a little thrown at first. The first villages we came to were silent, with no visible shops or banks, …

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Gule Gule Turkey

Our last post in Turkey as we head on towards Georgia.  Read about it here. Sneak preview: After a wonderful rest day in Trabzon where we treated ourselves to a night at a hotel, ate everything that took our fancy and had a good cleanse in the hamam where I was laid out on a marble slab and scrubbed, washed and massaged by a professional wearing leopard skin knickers until she was satisfied I was clean, we remounted our Trolls and got serious about getting to Georgia. We continued along the Black Sea coast for 140km or so through the …

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Turkish Hospitality

For our latest blog post on our cycling adventure through Turkey please take a look at our sister site 45 Degrees North. Here’s a sneak preview: It goes like this: Chris and I are walking down the main street of a town, Espiye, with our phones out looking for a cafe with a wifi signal. A man comes up and asks Chris (always Chris) where we are from. ‘England’ replies Chris. The man takes out his phone and makes a call, says a few words including England, and hands his phone to Chris. The man’s daughter is on the other …

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Istanbul to Amasra

For our blog post on this section of our journey please see our sister site, 45 Degrees North. Here’s a sneak peak: My first impressions of Turkey have been that the food is fantastic, the drivers are considerate, nearly always giving a friendly honk and wave as they pass – in both directions, and the people always seem to be there when we need them. For example, on our second day on the bikes, we had planned to get to Bolu, a ski resort town which would be our first proper climb. We’d spent the day on the D100, a …

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Why are we Cycling Across the World?

On one of our first dates Chris asked me if I had ever thought about doing a long distance ride. It turned out he was thinking of L-E-L or similar, so when I said I’d love to cycle back to Perth along the Silk Road one day he was intrigued with the idea. We didn’t talk seriously about doing it, but a couple of months later he bought me a pass for the Adventure and Expedition Planning Expo at Earl’s Court which we went along to and spoke to a few ‘adventure professionals’ about our idea. As it turns out, …

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Twick Chicks at Brighton Apres Race

Great to head down to Brighton with the Twickenham CC girls team, aka Twick Chicks on Saturday for a Women’s 2/3/4 cat race at the oldest track in the UK. Pedal Performance Coaching was there to set them up, ensuring that all riders were happy & ready to race. Next on the calendar is a trip to local BC coach & local hero Mac’s ‘rider development’ coaching session at Hillingdon, where the rider’s will get the chance to practice riding & racing in a team, working on lead out trains, sprints & the chance to practice in a scratch race. Contact …

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