2017 – a gallery. Thanks to all readers and followers of Idonotdespair.com, have a great 2018

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Trying to find a way to summarise 2017 I reminded myself that this year almost every blog post has a unique header photo – some interesting shots, but only used once. So for my personal journey down memory lane, here … Continue reading

Why do you want to ride up that hill? The lure of famous cycling hill-climbs

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While we were on holiday in the South of France recently I told our host that one of the rides I wanted to do was up a climb called Col d’Eze. “Why do you want to ride up that one?” … Continue reading

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