50 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 • 34 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 048: A Mountaineer’s Guide To Cycling From Spain To Norway

    Episode 048: A Mountaineer’s Guide To Cycling From Spain To Norway

    The Cycling Europe Podcast mainly features, well, cyclists. The interviewee in this episode, however, is first and foremost a mountaineer. But he’s not just any mountaineer. His name is Tim Ralph and he’s a seven summiteer; a man who has climbed the seven highest mountains on each of the continents. In the last few years, he’s also taken up cycle touring and has just published a book called ‘A Life Accomplished: From Spain to Norway on a Bike’. So what can mountaineering teach us about cycle touring? What can cycle touring teach mountaineers about climbing mountains? And what happens when an experienced mountaineer sets off to cycle from Europe’s geographical southernmost point at Tarifa in Spain to its northernmost point at Nordkapp in Norway?

    • 1 hr
    Episode 047: Planning A Four-Year Cycle Around The World

    Episode 047: Planning A Four-Year Cycle Around The World

    Nathan Molyneaux is a planning manager in the food industry. He’s also a great believer in the Chimp Paradox, an understanding of which allows you to take control of your emotions in order to act in your own best interests. This theory, developed by Professor Steve Peters, has been instrumental in the planning of Nathan’s upcoming journey around the world. And it’s a proper round-the-world cycle; no planes, every continent, scores of countries and four (or perhaps even five) years in which to do it. He talks to The Cycling Europe Podcast about his mindset, his route, his bike, his equipment, his finances, his hopes... and his fears.

    • 1 hr
    The Making Of The Cycling Europe Podcast

    The Making Of The Cycling Europe Podcast

    I am in Hebden Bridge, experimenting. If you are reading this, congratulations! You are clearly a fan of the podcast as I’m making no effort to publicise this secret episode of the podcast. It doesn’t even have a number! You may find the audio of interest, you may […]

    • 10 min
    Episode 046: Tim Moore, Travel Writer

    Episode 046: Tim Moore, Travel Writer

    Tim Moore has been referred to as ‘Bill Bryson on two wheels’. Any reader of his adventures - both on and off a bike - will  appreciate why the comparison is justified. In his first cycling travelogue, he set off on the route of that year’s Tour de France just weeks before the professionals. He went on to recreate ‘the most appalling bike race of all time’ - the 1914 Giro d’Italia - on a vintage bike. More recently he embarked upon a brutal cycle following the stages of the 1941 Vuelta a España. Ever the glutton for punishment, he’s also ‘The Cyclist Who Went Out In The Cold’ who set off on an East German shopping bike along the route of EuroVelo 13, the Iron Curtain Trail… The Cycling Europe Podcast chatted to him in a Tube carriage at the London Transport Museum.     

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Episode 045: The UK To Greece (And Beyond…) / Valencia To Gibraltar

    Episode 045: The UK To Greece (And Beyond…) / Valencia To Gibraltar

    Whilst recovering from cancer treatment, Candy Whittome was given a copy of Anne Mustoe’s book ‘A Bike Ride: 12,000 Miles Around the World’. It inspired her to embark upon a long cycling journey herself, if not quite all the way round the world, then a good portion of it. Her doctors were supportive (although her family needed some convincing) and in 2021 she set off on the first leg of her journey cycling from Britain to southern Greece during the second summer of the COVID pandemic. In this episode of the podcast, Candy looks back upon that ride and forward to the next stages that will take her to Asia and beyond… Plus: Chris Atkin reads an extract from his new book about a journey across southern Spain.

    • 59 min
    Episode 044: The Canal de la Garonne & Canal du Midi / Trikes

    Episode 044: The Canal de la Garonne & Canal du Midi / Trikes

    Declan Lyons trained as a zoologist but after several years working as a journalist and management consultant he started to research and then write two Cicerone guides for people interested in cycling the Canal de la Garonne from Bordeaux to Toulouse and the Canal du Midi from Toulouse to the Mediterranean coast at Sète. Together the canals are known as the Véloroute des Deux Mers - the ‘two seas cycle route’ - and in this episode of the podcast he talks about the history of the canals and how they have been transformed in recent decades into one of France’s most popular cycling routes. Also: we hear from Ian Yarroll, an experienced cycle tourist, who, after developing balance problems, took up a recumbent trike…      

    • 1 hr 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
34 Ratings

34 Ratings

cdrtyuu ,

Excellent

A really enjoyable listen, hosted by a man who knows his onions 🚵🏽‍♂️

Mr PDP ,

Promising and inspiring

Not long ago discovered the Cycling Europe podcast during my research prior to a Hebridean trip (My post brexit head thinking it was all about continental cycling). Very easy to listen to. Just be warned you’ll get itchy pedal syndrome.

hutchfm ,

Essential bike based listen

Just recently discovered Andrew’s podcast whilst planning for John O’Groats to Land’s End solo ride next year. Expands your mind to what can be done out there……on a bike. Great work!! 👍🚴

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