Cycling in Gran Canaria: North vs South

Gran Canaria is a mecca for winter cycling, on the road and off-road MTB. For years I’ve spent a week around Christmas riding through the valleys and climbs on the southern coast, based out of Free Motion in Playa del Ingles. This year I explored the north of the island, based out of Las Palmas. … Continue reading Cycling in Gran Canaria: North vs South

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Gran Canaria Cycling: Pico de las Nieves from Las Palmas

Route: 91km, +/-2855m, 5hrs, 20th Dec 2017 HC climb – for years I watched the Tour de France and didn’t really know what it meant. Hors Categorie – without categorisation. Climbs could be graded 1-4 depending on gradient and length. HC was invented for climbs off that scale – tougher than a Cat1. (In Ireland … Continue reading Gran Canaria Cycling: Pico de las Nieves from Las Palmas

Cycling around the Netherlands

September 2017 Overall thoughts After 5 days of cycling around the Netherlands, there are a few great things I noticed and appreciated, which makes cycling safe, enjoyable and easy. Touring on a bike is such a great way to see the countryside. You discover so much more than going by car or train. It’s a … Continue reading Cycling around the Netherlands

Waterford Greenway

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FXayKRZjhDs It’s great to see such positivity and comments about the Waterford Greenway. It’s not even finished or officially open yet, but 2016 was a breakthrough year. I hope 2017 bring lots of new people to the area to walk, cycle and explore the beautiful countryside. The Greenway is a 46 kilometre paved trail on … Continue reading Waterford Greenway

Camino Portugues: 4 days running

This is a detailed blog post about running the Camino Portugues from Vigo to Santiago over 4 days in September 2016.  Jump to these sections: Day 1: Vigo to Pontevedra – 33km Day 2: Pontevedra to Padron – 42km Day 3: Cambados to Pontecesures – 50km Day 4: Pontecesures to Santiago – 39km Gear: What … Continue reading Camino Portugues: 4 days running

Trail Running in Portugal: Grande Trail Serra D’Arga

  Caminha, Portugal, 26 September 2016 This report is about running two mountain trail races in Portugal in less than 24 hours. I finished the main 33km race in 13th position after 3hrs 22mins of running over 33km. The night before I warmed up with a Sunset run over 17km. https://www.facebook.com/268751096494020/videos/1091588047543650/ I’m sitting in the … Continue reading Trail Running in Portugal: Grande Trail Serra D’Arga

Saalbach Ski Holiday 2016

Our annual college reunion happens on the slopes of Austria. This year I met my mates from Rotterdam in Saalbach, along with my good mate Mossy. Six of us in total – plus our no show German. Saalbach was a new destination for us all – we’ve been all over the Austrian alps since 2012 … Continue reading Saalbach Ski Holiday 2016

Winter Training in Gran Canaria

After 4 days of cycling over Christmas in Gran Canaria, I thought I’d share my reasons for coming here and why it’s such a good base for warm weather winter training, whether you’re a runner, cyclist or triathlete. I've written about Christmas Cycling in Gran Canaria before, in 2014, 2012 and 2011 so trying to … Continue reading Winter Training in Gran Canaria

Visiting Galicia: A Coruña & Pontevedra

I've previously written several posts about my 2 trips to Galicia and Porto in 2014 and 2015 (my thoughts on Santiago, running the Camino to Fisterre, Galicia: A Seafood Lover's Paradise and running the Porto half marathon. This time, I'd like to share some lesser known cities which are well worth a visit for a … Continue reading Visiting Galicia: A Coruña & Pontevedra