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The Road to Montefranco

The Road to Montefranco

On Monday, the Four Mikes on Bikes hit the road again, riding 60 miles from Assisi to Montefranco.  Along the way they detoured to see the Marmore Falls, built by the Romans and the tallest man made waterfall in the world.   The day was sunny and clear, and the Editor awaits pictures of Mick Claridge…

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Bikes Galore

Bikes Galore

A few pictures from the group ride to Assisi:

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Malcolm in the Middle

Malcolm in the Middle

A blog by Mick Claridge: Day Infinity   (Subtitle: Malcolm in Trouble) As we rode into Laverna it had always been the plan to take the long way round the mountains, rather than go over them.  Riding south along the range, I began to sing, starting with ‘She’ll be Coming Round the Mountain When She Comes’,…

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Under the Tuscan Sun

Under the Tuscan Sun

Over the past few day, the Four Mikes have travelled through central Italy from Tole to Florence (75 mi) to Chiusi della Veran (51 mi) to Via Vermigioli (62 mi) and onward to Assisi (17 mi) where they will have a day of rest tomorrow. The Tour is raising money for the London & Slough…

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Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

Zen and the Art of Bicycle Maintenance

A naive reader might suppose that a successful tour requires only that each rider sustains his inner Mike through good food, the right clothing and not getting [too] lost going from A to B each day. But spare a thought for the bike – two thin wheels, a light frame and a chain – that…

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Catching up with the Mikes

Catching up with the Mikes

After their rest in Venice, the Mikes went silent and the Editor feared the worst. After all, they were riding in a country with the only active volcanoes in Europe, whose national animal was the wolf, and where there were half a million visits to exorcists each year. Mick still had Grims on his tail,…

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Respite in Venice

Respite in Venice

Sunday was a day of rest for the Four Mikes (phew!) in one of the world’s most beautiful cities, with visits to St Mark’s Square and the Bridge of Sighs. The Tour is raising money for the London & Slough Run; you can make a donation at:https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/4mikesonbikes

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The Animals Come in Two by Two

The Animals Come in Two by Two

The LASR asks readers to cast their minds back two days to Saturday (we realise this is difficult on a bank holiday weekend, but please do try). The Four Mikes are riding to Padua and the storm clouds are gathered low. Then the deluge hits, with thunder and lightning and buckets of rain. The Mikes…

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Frequent Cycler Miles

Frequent Cycler Miles

The Editor is proud to announce that Mike Carney and Mick Claridge have now clocked 1,000 miles of riding for the Tour, reaching the milestone during today’s ride to Padua, Italy. Well done!

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Viva l’Italia!

Viva l’Italia!

On Friday the Four Mikes crossed from Austria into Italy over Brenner Pass (4,495 ft), on their way to Borgo Valusugano (53 miles). The scenery continued to be beautiful and the weather thankfully dry. As the Mikes are coping well with the long miles, weather conditions, steep climbs and bike repairs, it was clearly time…

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