Gravel Gran Canaria: Locura

Next up in gravel Gran Canaria, this time Constantin off on a solo exploit, into the heat and blossoming unseasonal green October we had in 2022. The plan was ambitious, totalling more than 6500m climbing, and taking in- amongst other exploration- the best gravel road on Gran Canaria: Tirma. More on that later.. !  I got to shareContinue reading “Gravel Gran Canaria: Locura”

Basque Bikepacking – Migratory Birds micro adventure 

Murmurations and blackberries. As the hedges of every Irish bohereen overflow with delightful dark treats, and flocks of birds start to circle in preparation for a long journey south, for the last few years we too have been feeling the sense of transition: our beloved sunny rock off the coast of Africa calls!! This year however, a workContinue reading “Basque Bikepacking – Migratory Birds micro adventure “

Gravel Gran Canaria: Chira 

Our last gravel post centered around a trail that was a tad off the beaten path, largely unrideable, and in a rather inaccesible, far afield corner of the island. Thus in this feature we will concentrate on one that couldn’t be more contrasting in its allure.  The Chira trail is a 12km gravel section of theContinue reading “Gravel Gran Canaria: Chira “

Epic Gran Canaria 2022

The Epic Gran Canaria has wrapped up for another year.. ! It was a very brief break since the previous edition, the 2021 race running in October after a covid-related postponement from it’s usual early season date.   The event format remained exactly the same as that most recent edition, however this time I wouldn’t be taking toContinue reading “Epic Gran Canaria 2022”

Gravel Gran Canaria: The ‘GraVotT’

There is a road on this island that strikes fear into the heart of most any cyclist who has faced the beast, and is shrouded in an aura of reverence and apprehension for all those who have yet to answer the call.   The  Valley of the Tears. The ‘VOTT’. El Valle de los Lagrimas. DasContinue reading “Gravel Gran Canaria: The ‘GraVotT’”

Epic Gran Canaria Stage 2

Stage 2 started with the same sunrise ride to the start as yesterday, but this  time with Flo and Ewa for company; today my favourite support would be out on the road ❤️❤️❤️  Soaking up the atmosphere at the start among friends new and old makes these events worth returning to every time, however, on this day there really isn’tContinue reading “Epic Gran Canaria Stage 2”

Epic Gran Canaria Stage 1

Over the weekend the Epic Gran Canaria was run off again, in scorching conditions under the Canarian October heat. Constantin has taken part in every event since its inception in 2018, and every year the event has gone from strength to strength, with small changes in the format each year.   There have been night time criteriums, differentContinue reading “Epic Gran Canaria Stage 1”

Mayo XTRM 200, part 2

And so I made the front a group of 5; Lloyd from South Africa, Chris from Texas, Paul- who I had never met but had sold me my bike frame, and Dave who I had met many many moons ago doing a Mizen to Malin non-stop event, when Padraig Marrey had taken a group of very limited experience (one cyclistContinue reading “Mayo XTRM 200, part 2”

Mayo XTRM 200, part 1

The Mayo XTRM 200, is a 200km gravel/ road audax event, running for the past five years or so, organised by Seamus O’Dowd and Edward Nealon. It includes 16 gravel sectors totalling 79.4km, the longest being a 17km section through Letterkeen, and comprising a mix of overgrown dirt paths, rocky slabs, forest trails, roots, singletrack, mud slides and every kind ofContinue reading “Mayo XTRM 200, part 1”