A cycling day on the Cote d’Azure to live long in the memory – Col d’Eze, Grand Corniche, la Tubie and Peille

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“Well, anyway, it’s looking like a beautiful day Throw those curtains wide! One day like this a year’d see me right”* From the moment I threw open the curtains and watched the sun rise over the headlands reaching out into … Continue reading

Five years of “I do not despair” – revisiting our favourite posts

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On January 1st 2012 I published the first, tentative post on Idonotdespair.com To celebrate my fifth anniversary I have gathered together a small collection of favourite posts. Firstly your top 5 – the posts that have gathered the most visitors,some … Continue reading

Zeeland Cycle Tour day 4 – experiencing the Delta Works

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And so to the final day of our short tour of Zeeland and the chance to ride part of one of the world’s great cycle routes – the North Sea Cycle Route where it snakes across the great sea defences … Continue reading

Denmark’s slice of cycling heaven

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I am very lucky that I have cycled in some amazing places – high mountains, cycling cities, passionate cycling fans, stunning tourism routes. To that mix I can add the places that just have “something”. Maybe the attractions are a … Continue reading

Where might Mayor Ko of Taipei City sit in a league table for “cycling mayors”?

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At a Velo-city Taipei conference full of colourful characters there is little doubt that one of them almost stole the show, mostly by not being there. Elections for city mayors can occasionally throw up some characters who can be described … Continue reading

Reasons to be cheerful 2016 – cycling in North Cyprus

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In the middle of gloomy news and predictions for 2016 two of the media organisations I follow carried very similar stories of a small ray of sunshine in Europe. 2016 might be the end of a 42 year old conflict … Continue reading