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13 September 2017 0 Comments

My Triathlon Bucket List

Having reached the grand old age of 54 and competed in 50 triathlons, I have fallen into, I suppose, a fairly reflective mood as the 2017 winds up. I’ve been thinking about what remaining goals I have in this sport I’ve come to love so much. As age and injury begins to take an increasing […]

3 September 2015 0 Comments

Asturian Hills

Last year I achieved a long held ambition to climb up to Los Lagos de Covadonga in Asturias. It’s a climb that has famously featured in lots of editions of the Vuelta?? Espa?a and involves just over 1000 metres of ascent. This year my ambition went a little bit further. Last year’s ride was basically […]

6 August 2015 0 Comments

A Beautiful Ride

For the second summer in a row I find myself in eastern Asturias with my bike and I’m rapidly coming to the conclusion that it’s one of the finest places on this Earth to ride said bike. Pedalling through the stands of eucalyptus on the way to one of the mountain passes in the region […]

8 September 2014 0 Comments

How did I compare?

How depressing is this? After yesterday’s stage of La Vuelta I was keen to see how my performance on the bike would like compared to the pro peloton. I looked at the Strava segment “GDK Covadonga Monastery to Enol”. This segment is 11.4km long and climbs for a total of 846m at an average of […]

19 August 2014 1 Comment

Cycling in Asturias

If you look at a map of Europe and find Spain, then trace your finger until you are about half way along the top edge, you will be pointing at Asturias. It’s a land of coast and mountains with its own distinct traditions and dialects. The fabled Picos de Europa have long provided a considerable […]

10 August 2014 0 Comments

Los Lagos de Covadonga

Back in the summer of 722 King Pelayo was in a fix. For several years he had been asserting the independence of the Kingdom of Asturias from the Moors (Arabs) who controlled most of Spain. The Moors had finally grown tired of this irritation and sent a force to put down the rebellion. Cornered, with […]

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9 August 2014 0 Comments

La Torneria – an Asturian Classic

Ask a Spaniard about Asturias and the likely response will be, “Rain.” Just like in England, Manchester has the tag of being both “in the north” and permanently wet, so the province of Asturias suffers the same stereotypical fate at the hands of its countrymen. This does the area a disservice. Although it does suffer […]

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13 September 2010 1 Comment

Los Lagos de Covadonga

Image under a Creative Commons license on Flickr by Coubert Being half Spanish, as a child I would spend the summer holidays visiting my mum’s family in Asturias on the rugged northern coast of Spain. Back in the 70’s Spain was still in the sway of the ageing dictator, Franco (and my Tio Antonio still […]

9 November 2009 1 Comment

Fabada Lancastriana

Readers of this blog probably won’t be aware of my second obsession, besides triathlon. I love cooking, especially the peasant styles of southern France and, in particular, the region of Asturias in Northern Spain. As a child I was lucky enough to watch my gran cooking everything from scratch on her big range in her […]