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About A Cycling Journey

A Cycling Journey (ACJ) is a project born out of love for cycling and the outdoors.It is the story of an average but determined cyclist on a journey of discovery and exploration:
What can cycling teach us about our limits?
Does it ever get easier or do you just get faster?
How fast can you really get and how far can you really go?
How can cycling help us keeping our mental health and can you balance serious training with a 9-5 job?
What is this "Gravel" thing everyone talks about?
Is it or is it not all about the bike? And how many bikes do you need?
How difficult is it to maintain your own bikes?
Can you start Mountain Biking in your late 40s?
And how many other questions about cycling can we answer?
Website, Blog and Forum coming soon!Follow me on Strava: strava.com/athletes/acyclingjourney
or Instagram: instagram.com/acyclingjourney
Contact me at [ acyclingjourney AT gmail DOT com ]

Distance travelled

5,534 mi

Time in motion

411:04 h

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  1. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    December 22, 2022

    The 200k Audax Ride That Wasn't To Be - A Car Crash To End My Cycling Year?

    37.1 mi
    13.5 mph
    1,575 ft
    1,400 ft
    Lucio Tosolini, Pigi, and 4 others like this.
    1. A Cycling Journey

      As I set out for this 200 km ride, my first DIY Audax ever, many thoughts went through my head but I really wasn't remotely expecting it to end the way it did... 🙄


      But let's get back to the beginning, shall we?


      Earlier in the month I had made the sensible decision to give a planned Audax event a miss

      December 23, 2022
  2. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    December 3, 2022

    Felice Giordano, Dave, and 20 others like this.
    1. What a day!


      High highs and low lows on a day spent riding bikes from dawn to dusk.


      But let's get back to the beginning...


      After spending the previous afternoon getting my bike ready and after way too little sleep, around 5.20am I woke up fighting my alarm and the desire to just stay in bed 😴


      What if I gave

      December 4, 2022
  3. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    November 27, 2022

    4.19 mi
    13.3 mph
    125 ft
    75 ft
    Felice Giordano, Pigi, and 8 others like this.
    1. Time to get back to the fam...


      The Queen Elizabeth line between Reading and Paddington today was a relative success: I found it quite convenient for off-peak bike transportation, despite the many lifts you have to take on either side to get your bicycle to/from the platforms.


      Shame the services to/from

      November 27, 2022
  4. Felice Giordano, Pigi, and 7 others like this.
    1. What a lovely day!


      In typical London fashion, the skies stayed gray all day and we never caught a glimpse of the sun ☁️🌧☁️, but we did not get soaked and had a nice social ride despite the traffic forcing us back to single file at times 🚴🚴‍♂️


      I got into London Paddington on the Queen Elizabeth line

      November 27, 2022
  5. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    November 27, 2022

    3.61 mi
    14.1 mph
    50 ft
    100 ft
    Felice Giordano, Charles, and 4 others like this.
    1. First time going into London on the Queen Elizabeth line with the bike... 🙂

      November 27, 2022
  6. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    November 26, 2022

    55.4 mi
    8.6 mph
    1,075 ft
    1,000 ft
    Lucio Tosolini, Hardtail Rick 🎗️, and 11 others like this.
    1. It took us some planning, then some replanning, and then some more planning, but today I finally managed to get to Abingdon and ride with my friend Andy 🎉


      We met up close to the main Abingdon square and started the ride the right way: with a stop to a café for coffee and a pastry.


      As we then set off the

      November 26, 2022
  7. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    November 20, 2022

    40.1 mi
    13.2 mph
    950 ft
    950 ft
    Going.Pottie, Felice Giordano, and 14 others like this.
    1. I cannot believe how quickly time flies! 😱


      It feels like yesterday that I was planning my Summer rides in the Alps, and then again it feels like yesterday that I was riding through the Brianza countryside one last time... blink and a month and a half has gone by already! 😳


      In any case... after weeks

      November 20, 2022
  8. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    October 3, 2022

    Brian O'Sullivan, Greg Wesson, and 19 others like this.
    1. Borrowing the title of this ride, with artistic licence, from Elton John's music and Bernardo Bertolucci's film... they are both from the '70s, so maybe this gives away my age? 😅


      After a Summer marred by health... challenges, on a sunny Monday afternoon I set off for the ride that marked the end of my

      October 5, 2022
  9. A Cycling Journey went cycling.

    September 21, 2022

    22.7 mi
    6.3 mph
    750 ft
    725 ft
    Tosolini Lucio, MTB Tim, and 9 others like this.
    1. There was one last thing I needed to do before leaving Gorizia... something I had procrastinated due to my health-related misfortunes, but could no longer put off.


      A friend had told me that a local business was making custom bike bags used amongst others by ultracyclist James Hayden (a two-time winner

      September 23, 2022
  10. A Cycling Journey went for a hike.

    September 21, 2022

    3.04 mi
    1.7 mph
    175 ft
    250 ft
    Greg Wesson, Pigi, and 9 others like this.
    1. The time has come for a final goodbye to the Italian seaside for 2022 🏖


      This time, however, rather than spending the day at the beach we decided to hike 'Sentiero Rilke' between Sistiana (one of my wife's favourite destinations) and Duino (turismofvg.it/en/68293/rilke-trail) with our over-excitable and

      September 23, 2022
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