Cycling on the Continent

i went to the Île de Ré last week. it’s a really lovely island near La Rochelle in France. I didn’t take my bike  in the end, it was too much of a faff. instead i sat by the pool and relaxed. it’s important to have a break every now and then, although i suspect this particular break has been a bit longer than i may have anticipated. anyway, it wasn’t entirely cycling-free, on one of the days belle and I hired a ‘velo hollandais’ each and tore it up round the island. sort of…

my new time trial bike
"bringing a dog to the tour is like bringing a shark to a swimming pool'
a fine demonstration of the 'aero tuck' from belle
scenic route


more dangerous than the Crostis; belle is fearless


the feed zone

it was pretty exciting. the bike had 6 gears, which was plenty. it made a weird knocking sound. the island is fantastic for cycling, but not for cycling particularly quickly, there are bikes and families everywhere.

i’m off to the alps tomorrow, having ridden my bike twice in three weeks. it’s going to be fun.



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