C2C & HCW day 4: Hexham to Carlisle

What a beautiful day! Hadrian’s Wall Cycleway didn’t disappoint and the weather was perfect. The only downside today was our sore nether regions, which made bumpy sections of the route particularly challenging 😆. From the elevation profile of today’s route, we could see it was going to be another rollercoaster day. When we reached the... Continue Reading →

C2C & HCW day 3: Stanley to Hexham

100 kilometres! I have just cycled 100 kilometres! Without complaining… not much anyway 😆. I expected to struggle with it, but I was fine… until the last half hour when it chucked it down with rain anyway! We set off today on the Consett and Sunderland Railway path through lovely scenery. We were very lucky... Continue Reading →

C2C & HCW day 2: Alston to Stanley

Today has been a tough day… especially a tough afternoon. The morning was like a roller coaster as we had 6 big climbs… up down, up down, up down… you get the picture. Then, on the last and steepest hill, just after lunch, Ruby’s battery failed. You can imagine the tantrum… but I did it…... Continue Reading →

C2C & HCW day 1: Penrith to Alston

We arrived in Penrith by noon. It was spitting with rain and I have to admit I wasn’t feeling very enthusiastic about the bike ride ahead of me. We went to the loo, changed into our cycle gear and loaded the bags onto the bikes. Then, after eating our ham sandwiches, we set off. The... Continue Reading →

Review and reflections

Now we're back to reality, I thought I'd reflect on our holiday with Velo Tours Spain in a blog. John and I usually plan and arrange our own adventures, and it's unusual for us to book a complete package and let someone else arrange everything. Thankfully, our experience this time was perfect! Also, we’ve recently... Continue Reading →

Sun, sea, ice cream and a paddle

Today we were cycling to the coast for an ice cream and a paddle. It should be downhill from the mountains, right? Wrong! What I’d expected to be a fairly easy day was actually pretty tough… 83 kilometres with 1100 metres of ascent. My body is used to cycling now though, so I took it... Continue Reading →

One day, two cols

Today we tackled the Coll de Rates, which is a 6.5 kilometre, 5% climb to 626 metres. Although it’s not the steepest or longest climb in the area, it seems to be the climb that everyone wants to do, including the professional cyclists who train in the Costa Blanca region. After Coll de Rates we... Continue Reading →

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