83 episodes

The wonderful world of cycle touring... from CyclingEurope.org.
From the EuroVelos to round-the-world cyclists, you'll find it all here on The Cycling Europe Podcast.

The Cycling Europe Podcast Andrew P. Sykes

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 52 Ratings

The wonderful world of cycle touring... from CyclingEurope.org.
From the EuroVelos to round-the-world cyclists, you'll find it all here on The Cycling Europe Podcast.

    Episode 077: Agathe Daudibon / Svetlana & Quentin / Seth Maltzmann

    Episode 077: Agathe Daudibon / Svetlana & Quentin / Seth Maltzmann

    The Cycling Europe Podcast is back and for this first episode of 2024 we have a triple-whammy of cycling-themed chats and stories. The EuroVelo network is now 26 years old but it’s not resting on its laurels. Agathe Daudibon of the European Cyclists’ Federation is the person responsible for looking after the network and developing it further. She talked to the podcast about her background in cycle touring, her role at the ECF and how she sees the future of the pan-European network. Svetlana and Quentin, from Oxford, talk about their experiences of cycling along the coast in Croatia. And Seth provides something that he feels the podcast is missing; how bike tours can “turn into complete disasters”. His certainly have!

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Episode 076: Tim Sanders – The Parenzana Trail / Venice to Munich

    Episode 076: Tim Sanders – The Parenzana Trail / Venice to Munich

    Tim Sanders holds the accolade of being one of only two people to have attended every single Cycle Touring Festival since the event first appeared on the calendar in 2015. During this year’s event in Clitheroe he spoke to The Cycling Europe Podcast not only about the joys of the festival but also about a recent cycling journey that took him from the Istrian Peninsula on the Adriatic coast along the Parenzana Trail to Trieste and onwards over the Alps to Munich in southern Germany.

    • 1 hr
    Episode 075: Craig Fee – Cycling Into The Unknown

    Episode 075: Craig Fee – Cycling Into The Unknown

    In 2017, novice long-distance cyclist Craig Fee set off on a continental odyssey to cycle from London to his friend’s wedding in Florence, Italy. But had he bitten off more than he could chew? In his new book, Cycling Into The Unknown, he tells the story of the journey and in this episode of the podcast, he reflects upon the experience of setting off on a make-it-up-as-you-go cycle across Europe…

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Yorkshire Day Special: Cycling The Way Of The Roses

    Yorkshire Day Special: Cycling The Way Of The Roses

    To celebrate Yorkshire Day 2023, another opportunity to listen to a Yorkshire-themed podcast (albeit one that starts in Lancashire).

    "Andrew P. Sykes takes The Cycling Europe Podcast out on the cycle path and travels from Morecambe on Lancashire's west coast to the county's historical capital at Lancaster, across the Pennines and through Yorkshire via Settle and Ripon, completing his trip in that county's historical capital at York. The Way of the Roses is a route of contrasting landscapes and, at times, challenging terrain; join Andrew (and his bicycle Wanda) as they spend three days following one of northern England's most popular cycle routes. The music is composed and played by Rob Ainsley. More of Rob’s music can be found on his website e2e.bike."

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    • 1 hr 16 min
    Episode 074: Cathryn Ramsden / Dale Majors / Gavin McCulloch / Rich Jeffries 

    Episode 074: Cathryn Ramsden / Dale Majors / Gavin McCulloch / Rich Jeffries 

    Cathryn Ramsden cycled with her husband and son from Calais to Annecy. Dale Majors has cycled with his wife and six young children on several long trips across Europe and in the US. Gavin McCulloch cycled to Moscow from Scotland in 1990. Rich Jeffries was reluctant to cycle across Belgium but loved it! In this episode of The Cycling Europe Podcast they share their experiences in bite-sized interviews and monologues. How do you persuade a 12-year-old boy to cycle hundreds of kilometres? How do you manage the logistics of travelling as a family group of eight? How do you feed yourself in Russia when the supermarkets are full of beetroot? And how do you overcome the urge to give Belgium a wide berth? 

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Episode 073: Leigh Timmis – The Race Of Truth

    Episode 073: Leigh Timmis – The Race Of Truth

    Disillusioned by life in the post-graduation rat race of the film industry, Leigh Timmis set off on his bike and spent seven years cycling around the world. When he finally returned home to the UK, he didn't reach for his pipe and slippers. Far from it... "In 2018, Leigh Timmis became the fastest person to cycle across Europe – in just 16 days, 10 hours and 45 minutes – breaking the previous world record by an astonishing 8 days and 17 hours. But when he set out to break the record, Leigh wasn’t just trying to conquer the road... Although test results showed that he already had the physical ability of an elite athlete, something was holding him back: his troubled mind... Cycling for 14 hours a day, from the west coast of Portugal to the edge of Siberia, he embarked on far more than just a physical journey. The Race of Truth is the remarkable true story of personal transformation against the clock, and the astonishing feats we can accomplish when we face up to our deepest fears."

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
52 Ratings

52 Ratings

Mr PDP ,

Inspiration and Information

Andrew’s passion for seeing the world from the bike has led to him producing a fantastically informative podcast snd website. Also he replies to individual questions sharing his broad knowledge and experience. Highly recommended.

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Love it!

Having cycle toured as a kid in the 80’s, and from from Geneve to Rhodes in 2009, this year (2022) I completed the c2c, north Norfolk coast, a four day tour of Holland, and a 500km charity cycle ride through Malawi, Africa. I plan more trips next year, and a big trip at some point. I’ve got the taste for touring and love to listen to this podcast, it takes me right there as I walk the dog in the winter months. Great detail. Love it!

Nix.Tee ,

A gem of a podcast!

A thoroughly enjoyable listen full of insight, tips on where to stop off and stay, and it covers the simple joys of slow travel through the villages and towns on two wheels. It’s become my main reference tool in plotting my first cycling journey into France from Roscoff onwards.
Thank you for creating this delightful gem - its pure escapism from the cold and wet weather of wintery Devon. I really appreciate the work you’ve put into each episode, they are lovely storybooks.

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