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A few weeks ago I did something both stupid and amazing. I said ‘yes’ to a MAHOOSIVE cycle, right across the country, all the way to the arse end of nowhere. Here’s what went down…


1 x vintage bicycle (unserviced for over 3 years)

0 x training (if you don’t count cycling to Sainsbury’s for eggs every Saturday morning)

10 x hours of pure cycling

1 x hour break

120 x miles


QUESTION: How did I do it?

ANSWER: I don’t know.


But the main thing is, I did it. The event was called the Dunwich Dynamo, where by over 2,000 cyclists take part (voluntarily) to embark on an over night journey (8pm – 8am) through the country roads of England to a seaside village situated in Suffolk. Here’s some brief history:


The Dunwich Dynamo is a 200 km night ride from London to the lost city of Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast. From 1992 to 1998 it ran as commercial pay-to-enter event. In 1999 it became a free, traditional event; something like Christmas but with less eating and more travelling by bike. This Successful format has continued since 2000.

Setting a date for an informal ‘turn-up-and-ride’ event – on the Saturday night nearest a full moon in July – maintains the most important element of the great festival of frivolity, the company of other riders


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I actually couldn’t believe I said yes to such a thing, but it was a remarkable achievement and shocking to see so many cyclists with snazzy expensive bikes, all breaking down along the route, whilst my beautiful 70’s vintage racer got me all the way there in one full piece.


So there you have it people, sometimes, it’s just about putting your mind to something rather than believing it’s not possible. Something to take on board for everything in life.

Here’s some pictures of me and my friend before and after the cycle – check me out in my sexy lycra.



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