All Points North 2021

All Points North 2021 was the second edition of the unsupported bikepacking race around the north of England. In a nutshell, 10 control points to be visited in whichever order you choose, by whichever route you choose. No outside help, clock doesn't stop, races starts 2000hrs. Think TCR but with whippets, coal and accents. A … Continue reading All Points North 2021

PanCeltic Race – Part 3 -An Englishman in Wales

Neil Lauder dons a semi-opaque rain jacket and heads into the heavy Welsh night with only a bag of Tesco bait for company. What a man. I shudder at the thought of what waits in the darkness.  He goes out of sight and this time my body commits a shudder more sensual in nature. It … Continue reading PanCeltic Race – Part 3 -An Englishman in Wales

Day 12 – Everyone should visit Montenegro – Bjelasnica, BOS – Shkoder, ALB

PRELUDE- It still hurts but I won't mention it, I've bored myself with it. I wake up early and I'm itching to get going but stick to my original plan of eating breakfast in the hotel. It's relatively remote from the start today, so missing out on a big fed early doors would be dumb. … Continue reading Day 12 – Everyone should visit Montenegro – Bjelasnica, BOS – Shkoder, ALB

Day 11 – Always turn right – Nova Bila, BOS – Bjelasnica, BOS

Oh Bosnia, what are you doing to me? Day 11. My shortest day. The closest I come to quitting. After a leisurely breakfast I decide to face the music and get on the road. I don't get far before I'm struggling and the doubt starts to creep in. Not much further down the road it's … Continue reading Day 11 – Always turn right – Nova Bila, BOS – Bjelasnica, BOS

Day 10 – “There will be no miracles here” – Daruvar, CRO – Nova Bila, BOS

I wake up and dare to dream. Then I move my leg and wince. Devoid of a miraculous recovery I roll out of my bed, finish last nights cereal and pull on my pungent bibs. It hurts but I can ride, so the Condor is boarded and pointed in the direction of Bosnia and Herzegovina … Continue reading Day 10 – “There will be no miracles here” – Daruvar, CRO – Nova Bila, BOS

Day 9- Cereal Tester – Frauenkirchen, Aus – Daruvar, Cro

Hungary. Hungary, Hungary, Hungary. How I hated you. Cycling in Hungary involves being unceremoniously bounced from one pot hole to another, in an oven, with the fan on full. Oh and my arse was in clip. In the planning phase I'd eagerly anticipated Hungary because it was flat, and I thought I'd make great time. … Continue reading Day 9- Cereal Tester – Frauenkirchen, Aus – Daruvar, Cro

Day 8 – #forgettable – Jaromer, CZE – Frauenkirchen, AUS

A day of high mileage and few memories make for a tedious retelling. What makes the retelling more tedious is I finished this post 5 minutes ago, and upon returning to the homepage it has disappeared. So I have to endure recounting these 237 forgettable miles again. Joy.  Are you eager to read on? Have … Continue reading Day 8 – #forgettable – Jaromer, CZE – Frauenkirchen, AUS

Day 7 – Czechs know how to hangover- Pabenice, CZE – Jaromer, CZE

"This is the day I see a man on a motorbike and a woman with spunk...." That's the opening line on my post race notes about Day Seven, so it must have been a cracker. These two separate incidents happened in the early hours of a Sunday morning, a particularly wet Czech Sunday morning. As … Continue reading Day 7 – Czechs know how to hangover- Pabenice, CZE – Jaromer, CZE

Day 6 – Princess on a steel bicycle – Sankt Gallen, AUS – Pabenice, CZE

Before I delve into Day 6 it's important to point out that this is the only day the Wahoo let me down. A mixture of my utterly exhausted brain and repetitive freezing of the unit result in the loss of the route file. I know the mileage because I made a note of it, aside … Continue reading Day 6 – Princess on a steel bicycle – Sankt Gallen, AUS – Pabenice, CZE

Day 5 – When you forget how to be an actual adult human – Bovec, SLO – Sankt Gallen, Aus

I survive the night, my acrid stench putting off any would be carnivores. Its dark and I faff about trying to get everything packed before setting off towards the Vrsic Pass. The Vrsic Pass is a vicious way to start a day of cycling and by the time I reach the summit I'm already hanging … Continue reading Day 5 – When you forget how to be an actual adult human – Bovec, SLO – Sankt Gallen, Aus