Anna McNuff Thu, Feb 13 2014 Likes3 7 Comments Facebook 0 Twitter 0 Adventure By Bike I was first introduced to cycling back in 2009, bizarrely enough, through work. It started as a novel way to hang out with a mates. Chats on wheels, stops for coffee and cake - these weren't the just the perks of a weekend ride, they were the very reason I dragged my wrinkled face out of bed in the morning. That year I fancied a new challenge, so I entered The Etape du Tour. The following summer it was a more traditional alpine Sportive called La Marmotte. The year after that, I went all out and did both in one weekend (not recommended, unless you're a fan of cramp, sunburn, saddle sores and light vomiting). Having done as much as I could with single day events, I branched out to multi day jaunts. I hired a ten ton beast of a touring bike (called Betty) and rode the Lon Las Cymru: a National cycle path that spans the length of Wales. I discovered that the tiny island I'd lived in for 27 years of my life was beyond stunning, and I hadn't known it at all. So I decided to do the same through Scotland, and then from London to Paris - just in time to catch the Team boys ride down the Champs élysées at the end of the Tour du France. Last summer, I ventured one up. I took a 7 month sabbatical and pedalled 11,000 miles through each and every state of the USA. Because, well, I fancied seeing a whole country, and by bike had to be just about the best way to go. I wasn't wrong. It was a journey that humbled and surprised at every turn, and left me with tales to tell until my hair falls out and I've no teeth left. My point is this: the bicycle is and incredible thing. You never know where it's going to take you, that day, or in years to come, until you start turning the pedals. I still don't consider myself 'a cyclist.' I just, well, I like riding my bike. And I like riding it everywhere. There's a freedom that comes from only being at the mercy of those two wheels - it's incredibly addictive. Now when I get on my bike. I'm not going out there to race - to be a Queen of the Mountain, or win a Strava section. I'm going on and adventure. And I hope you do the same.