Adventure cycling groupies: the addiction

Cycling festival goers make an interesting bunch of people to study. Here at Brathay Hall in Ambleside, the average age is noticeably younger than at Waddow Hall last weekend, and much of that is down to the clever marketing of bikes and kit that will appeal to the younger generations. This old guy is much too old to be test riding a ‘fat bike’…..but hey, we can all dream on….

Even the T-shirts betray a youthful mocking exuberance…..

After an afternoon spent riding the full circumference of lake Windermere, the evening brought Mark Beaumont as our keynote speaker. Amongst the adventure cycling world, he is ‘cycling royalty’. 

He holds several world records, one of which was the 18,000 mile round the world record, but it was quickly broken by other enthusiasts. So he announced his decision to take back that record, so in July he will set off from Paris and attempt to cycle round the world in 80 days, shaving 114 days off his previous attempt, and doing it by riding 240 miles every day…..meaning he will be in the saddle for 16 hours per day.
Is there any sanity left in the world?

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Looking for the extraordinary in the commonplace………taking the road less travelled……..striving for the ‘faculty of making happy chance discoveries’ in unremarkable circumstances. Click on the Personal Link below to visit my webpages.

Posted on June 3, 2017, in Cycling UK and tagged . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. thanks for sharing the experience.

  2. I don’t understand the world record seekers anymore. 240 miles a day is just plain nuts! Though, if he can pedal a little faster he should be able to knock between two and four hours a day off the top.

    More power to his pedals though. I prefer a day job, and sleeping with my wife. Chuckle.

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