From bike messenger to extreme bike tourist overnight

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Belgian bicycle messenger at his farewell party before his first grand tour

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The fond farewell as a bike messenger converts to extreme touring

“The plan is to ride 4,000 kilometres in 60 days. And then about 150km to 250km in a single day, depending. That gives me time to enjoy a stop here and there. But I was looking at the weather forecast for the next week, and it is rain Continue reading

Fixies en route to the CMWC in Paris

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - Two bicycle messengers from Australia in Brussels en route to Paris for the Cycle Messenger World Championships

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – The final miles to the CMWC in Paris.

“We are from Australia and strapping up to get ready for the international Cycle Messenger World Championships in Paris. We just did Amsterdam to here and we are going to Paris by bus. We had mates we were with originally, but it was a bit tiring for me as I have not done much long Continue reading

That world tour where robberies keep interfering with the journey

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - North American touring cyclist w his bike in Brussels

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Every bike tour starts with people telling you what could go wrong .. they just are not supposed to come true

“I am just riding, trying to see every country. I really don’t have a plan. Every country everywhere. I have riridden 18 months in North America. Mexico got in the way of going to South America. I got robbed, and guns and all that kind of stuff. The first time I tried to go through to Mexico, I crossed the border at south Texas and somebody came up alongside in a car and told me to pull over and I, like a dumb American, I said ‘No’. Like I could outrun them, or something. So they opened a door and Continue reading

Always ready for a slow ride

©Barry Sandland/TIMB - French slow rider in Brussels near military vehicles

©Barry Sandland/TIMB – Slow rider from France on the streets of Brussels seeing the military presence

“I am a cycling activist and am involved with many cycling associations in France. Mostly slow cycling. I advise about festivals for long journeys, especially in the south of France.  When with friends who ride at 40 km/ph, I cannot follow. My philosophy is to ride slowly.” Continue reading