Home Review: Adventure Film Turned Human Portrait

In 2009, British Adventurer Sarah Outen rowed solo across the Indian Ocean, becoming the youngest person and the only woman ever to do so. When she returns home, still grieving for her Father, she is lost. Activity seems to be the only possible catharsis, taking the form of an even bigger task: to journey around the world solely under her own steam. Jen Randall’s Home follows Outen’s journey as she cycles, kayaks and rows the 20,000 miles from London to London in search of...

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World First: Cycling the Great Himalayan Trail

I found myself lost at the foot of the Nepalese Himalayas about 7 hours from Kathmandu by bike. Laxmi, Karen Hill and myself, the three females from the highest MTB stage race in the world, the Yak Attack 2018, had decided to ride back from Pokhara to Kathmandu. However, where organised trips would take eight days and local elite riders took four days, we only had three; we had flights home to catch. The morning of the third day I felt pretty empty and couldn’t quite keep up with the...

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Bikes and Bothies: A Microadventure in Scotland

I casually suggested to my work colleague Kate, that maybe one weekend we could cycle to a bothy together.  Bothies are remote buildings that provide shelter, often maintained by the Mountain Bothies Association. They are usually free to use, and open to everyone.  Kate and I are not terribly adventurous (the only time we had previously cycled together, was to the beach for an ice-cream), nor have we spent much time outside of work together.  However, we both commute to work by...

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A Midsummer Night Dreaming: A Solstice Microadventure

It was the 21st June. I was pottering around my study, trying to finish up some writing for a contract and I was feeling quite cooped up. I hadn’t been on a ‘proper ride’ on my bicycle since I stepped off it at John O’Groats over a month previously.

“Sod this,” I thought, closing the lid of my laptop. I didn’t have any plans for the evening, and the longest day of the year looked like it was going to be a cracker: shame to waste it.

I’d had in...

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Interview with Alex Feechan - Founder and CEO of FINDRA Clothing

We caught up with Alex, to discuss the inspiration behind award-winning, Scotland-based biking and outdoor clothing brand FINDRA. What does it take to build a business from a passion? Read on to find out...

What were you doing before FINDRA? 

Before FINDRA I was the Design Manager of the Scottish knitwear company Peter Scott, which was owned by South Korean retail company Eland. My role was to oversee the design product development and marketing of the in house brand of luxury Golf...

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Helen Langridge: What cycling around the world taught me about my body and mind

The coffee came out of a sachet, one of those 3-in-1 Nescafe sorts perfect for travelling. Nescafe is the go-to coffee brand in Asia; Mike could find a packet anywhere. A coffee in the morning is normal for what seems like the majority of the British population back home but had never been for me. Throughout my 28 years thus far, whenever someone had suggested we go for coffee, I’d always order a hot chocolate.

However, sitting on the grass in the apex of a hairpin bend part way up a...

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