Monthly Archives: April 2013

Transamerica final training and shipping bikes

Shiiping bikes today to Los Angeles, think this is safer to get a fixed delivery rather than flying with us on Virgin next week. Bike boxes packed. Its mission critical the bikes must arrive. Else could be very embaraasing and expensive if no bikes in LA.

Last sunday Catherine and I rode Edinburgh-North Berwick-Kincardine Bridge-Edinburgh. A mere 112 mile loop. We were pretty slow. The ride to North Berwick was a whirlwind, cruising at over 22mph. Then from North Berwick to Kincardine we were heading straight into a 22mph wind gusting to 46mph! It was really miseable hard going. Bikes behaving very well. Bought some more clothing at the Scottish Bike Show at the weekend.

Catherine has been doing a lot of swim training at the Commie Pool, has dragged me along and I swam a mile for the first time in years in a 50m pool. Not sure we can do much more training. Fortunatley neither of us injured whilst training. My personal trainer Colin Wycherley has been absolutely terrific and has done a lot of deep pressure massage on my legs, breaking down all the Fuzz. Legs feeling pretty good and strong.

Having trouble finding spare spokes for my Shimano WH-RS10 Wheels, Expect may just be easer to get a spare wheel. Need some carbon bike seat post grease.

Exciting times!


Silencing the Cycling Demons


“The greatest battle is not physical but psychological. The demons telling us to give up when we push ourselves to the limit can never be silenced for good. They must always be answered by the quiet, the steady dignity that simply refuses to give in. Courage. We all suffer. Keep going.”

Graeme Fife.

Rest day today, time for beard off!

CTC Scotland Volunteer of the Year @CTC_Scot


Pleased to say I have been awarded the CTC (Cyclists’ Touring Club) Volunteer of the Year Award for Scotland. I’m really delighted to have been awarded this prestigious award, it has been a lot of work, but very much fun and things are really starting to move forward with cycling. So much has happened in the cycling world this year, especially with the Olympics and significant movements forward with cycle campaigning. The CTC Scotland award winner goes forward to be considered for the national award which will be announced at the CTC AGM in May. Again I will not be there as I’ll be cycling USA. I will be at the Scottish Bike Show this weekend in Glasgow at the Emirates Arena and Chris Hoy Velodrome on the CTC Stand.

Sorry to be missing, Pedal on Parliament #POP2 @popscotland

We are sorry to be missing Pedal on Parliament at Holyrood, we should be over the Rockies and in Flagstaff that day. We wish POP2 every success for 2013. Please attend if you can, there’s no excuse to be complacent. Since POP the Cross Party Parliamentary Group on Cycling has formed at Holyrood and this has begun to be a useful and influential voice for cyclists.


Background: Last year 3000 cyclists, young and old, pedalled on the Scottish Parliament to call for safer cycling for everyone. Despite plenty of warm words from politicians since then, nothing fundamental has changed so ts happening again. .Please support POP2 to add your voice in support of our eight-point manifesto for a cycle-friendly Scotland. Gather at the Meadows in Edinburgh on Sunday 19th of May 2013 (note new date). What POP still wants:

  • Proper funding for cycling.
  • Design cycling into Scotland’s roads.
  • Slower speeds where people live, work and play
  • Integrate cycling into local transport strategies
  • Improved road traffic law and enforcement
  • Reduce the risk of HGVs to cyclists and pedestrians
  • A strategic and joined-up programme of road user training
  • Improved statistics supporting decision-making and policy

Two Bikes Across America supports Edinburgh Festival of Cycling


The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will be running for the first time between 15th and 23rd June 2013. We will be cycling somewhere round the Great Lakes during that week. We send apologies! Edinburgh, Scotland is our home city and we will be sorry to miss the festival.

Edinburgh prides itself on being the City of Festivals. There are festivals for The Arts (and their attendant Fringe), Books, Films, Science, and even Storytelling. Edinburgh also has ambitions to be a Cycling City. It was the first UK city to signed the Charter of Brussels and is currently committing 6% of the city’s transport budget to cycling. Edinburgh is trying hard to be a good cycling city.  As a proper Edinburgh style festival, the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling will last at least a week (nine days, in fact) and act as a real showcase for all aspects of bicycle culture and the host city. From rides (sporty and otherwise) to family activities to a range of cultural events,

Chris & Catherine are Bronze sponsors of the The Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. You can sponsor EDFOC too?