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Three Up Veleta

Three Up Veleta

Early October I was lucky enough to travel to the Sierra Nevada mountains with a group of cycling friends from the Ilkley Cycling Club. On the many pre trip pub planning meetings we plotted various routes that would suit all the differing types of riders on the trip. Then I read an article about an unsuccessful attempt to cycle something called Pico de Veleta. I confess, I had never heard of it save a passing comment by Simon Foy years ago saying the biggest climb in Europe was in Southern Spain. What’s not to love, so I immediately suggested this to...

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Mallorca in March

Mallorca in March

My wife, Emma and I were recently invited to join a bunch of Yorkshire lads and lasses for a quick 4 days cycling on the cycling Mecca that is Mallorca. The March weather was a perfect 20 degrees with blue skies and the pace was easy. A far cry from last year when it was all I could do to keep the speedy guys in sight! One of my aims was to add some more Mallorca climbs to the collection. As such I managed to persuade Dan (not difficult) to plot a route that took in the Soller and Honor...

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New or Improved

New or Improved

Hot off the proofing press. Seven new climbs with a focus on the South East. Still a bit of colour and text tweaking to be done, but Swains Lane, Box Hill, Toys Hill and Leith Hill form the initial batch for our fellows in and around the capital. As I loved riding up it, Pas de la Confession will be the latest addition to our French climbs. Hull Thursday CC hill climb Spout Hill will add to our East Riding collection and features pottery only those out east will understand! Finally, as Emma kept saying, ‘who wants to hang a...

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Alp The Saddle

Alp The Saddle

Last Christmas after a breezy ride on the East Yorkshire Wolds, my oldest and most recently retired pal Mark told me he planned to head to the Alps in the summer to do a bit of bucket list ticking. Fancy it? he asked. Of course, brilliant, put me down for that. After a couple more pints we went our separate ways back into the real world. Two weeks later came the text, right, found some accommodation, flights and bike hire, first week of September good for you? At this point I thought it prudent to ask my long suffering wife,...

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