We did the Première Manche - the first round - of A Travers riding across France from Dieppe to Marseille in the summer of 2009, and it was the original inspiration for this blog. The plan to put the 'band back together again' for another go in 2013 for the second installment fell on stoney ground, with life just getting in the way for too many of us, much to our disappointment. However, our enthusiasm for the bike remains undimmed, and so I'll keep posting my thoughts on the diverse and beautiful facets of the sport regardless. But there's bound to be another big 'adventure ride' coming soon - quite possibly in Italy - so potentially a name change too: Attraverso l'Italia in Bicicletta anyone?



Thursday, 5 February 2009

Reaching out to the Masses

No, I haven't blown the trip budget with a pointless bit of advertising on the side of a bus; Kelda directed me to to a one-trick site that can generate these types of things for, err, a laugh. It came about after atheists here in the UK had paid to run rather excellent adverts on the sides of buses, leading to some Christian bus drivers refusing to drive them.

I mentioned to her at lunchtime that I'd been reading 'Cycling Weekly' in the newsagents (rather than actually buying it - I'm saving up for the trip, so need to be tight where I can), and she pointed out that this was an apt description of how my training is going.