When I had the chance to hop on a friend’s road bike for just a short stretch of the boardwalk on the Exe Estuary cyclepath a couple of years ago, a whole new world opened up to me.

Since the summer of 2014, bikes have become my obsession, my passion, my therapy and my friend. The love of cycling has guided me through some darker times, and in other ways also pushed me straight into them.

In making all of the mistakes and learning all of the lessons (not always the first time round…) I am becoming a stronger rider and a better person. But most important of all to me is the enjoyment of riding on two wheels, whichever of the many disciplines that the sport offers, accompanied by the wonderful people that it seems to attract.

As one of the most important and certainly the most inspirational person in my life used to say;

“Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming “Wow! What a Ride!”

― Hunter S. Thompson