A digest of cycle touring news, interviews, reports, rides, readings, features… from CyclingEurope.org.
Episode 031: Cycle Touring Accommodation Special
Across the globe, the restrictions imposed by COVID-19 are beginning to ease. Foreign travel may not be an easy option for most people in summer 2021, but being able to explore your own country probably is. In this episode of the podcast, we look at some of the accommodation choices available to touring cyclists including wild camping, hotels, hostels and reciprocal accommodation sharing with contributions from WarmShowers’ Tahverlee Anglen, wild camper Tim Millikin, the YHA’s Simon Ainley and Simon Kershaw from Scarborough’s newest hotel, Bike and Boot.
Episode 030: Tandem WOW / Joff Summerfield
Cycle touring is normally undertaken on a bicycle composed of two wheels of the same size and one cyclist sitting on the saddle. But not always… The guests in this episode of the podcast didn’t for one minute allow their desires to break free from the norms of cycling to quell their lofty ambitions. On the contrary. All three contributors - tandem cyclists Rachel Marsden and Catherine Dixon, and penny-farthing rider Joff Summerfield - have cycled thousands of kilometres across the globe. They talk to the podcast about their cycling adventures with a twist.
Episode 029: Markus Stitz / Bikepacking The World
Markus Stitz is a German-born, Edinburgh-based cyclist, writer and filmmaker. In 2015 he set off to cycle the world on a single-speed bicycle, travelling 34,000km through 26 countries. Since his return to the UK, he has been involved in a series of Scottish-based projects promoting both on- and off-road riding. However, in the autumn of 2020 he returned to his roots and embarked upon a 700km cycle along the strip of land that, until the fall of the Berlin Wall, was home to the border fence between East and West German. He talks about all his journeys, near and far…
Episode 028: Simon Parker / Earth Cycle
Simon Parker is a travel writer, broadcaster and newspaper columnist. He has travelled to over 100 countries on reporting assignments for the BBC, The Daily Telegraph and The Independent. He also has a sideline in cycle touring… In 2016 he sailed and cycled from China to London and in 2018 he set off from northern Norway and cycled 3,000km south to the southern tip of Sweden. His 6-week adventure is now the subject of a documentary available on Amazon Prime Video. PLUS: A message from Tim & Laura Moss about the Cycle Touring Festival 2021.
Episode 027: Dr Ian Walker / Nordkapp To Tarifa In 17 Days
In 2015 I cycled from Tarifa in Spain - the southernmost point of mainland Europe - to Nordkapp in Norway - the northernmost point. It took me over 100 days. In 2019 Dr Ian Walker - an academic at the University of Bath - completed the journey in the opposite direction… in 16 days 20 hours and 59 minutes. In the process he became the fastest person ever to cycle across Europe north to south. That’s no mean feat for a man in his mid-forties who had only taken up ultra-long-distance racing a few years prior to breaking the record. I needed to find out how he did it…
Episode 026: Sarah Mitchell / Cycling UK CEO
In the annus horribilis that has been 2020, cycling has had a relatively good year. When it comes to the number of people cycling, you might even say it’s been an annus mirabilis. An interesting time, then, to start work as the CEO of Britain’s leading cycling organisation, Cycling UK. Channeling the ghosts of Christmases past, present and future, The Cycling Europe Podcast asked Sarah about her background, her new role and her plans for 2021 and beyond. We also go back to the summer of 2020 and a visit to North Berwick in Scotland to talk to outdoors champion Suzanne Forup about some of her favourite places to explore north of the border. Plus: an update about episode 21 of the podcast, dedicated to the travels of the early 20th Century cyclist Maximilian J. St. George...