I know I’m on the right road, despite what the GPS may say…

By Brian Canty It’s exactly three years since I moved to Spain and without fear of contradiction, the last 12 months has been the busiest of those. I can’t remember where exactly I thought I’d be when I first touched down in Girona but I know for sure it was not the Premier Inn in…

The coffee that ruins all other coffees

I didn’t really have anything to complain about. I was working as a bike mechanic in a very nice typical Belgian bike shop in my hometown of Antwerp. I had a good boss (it feels a bit odd to call him boss) and a job I enjoyed very much. I spent two winters working and…

Life lessons

I wasn’t an exemplary kid or teenager but I hope I’m doing a little better as an adult. I’ve made so many mistakes and sometimes look back and think “how did I do that?!” As I come to my mid-thirties I think I have finally got a grasp on what matters in life. Normally blogs…

Happy Anniversary darling!

Yesterday was a very special day for Louise and I and also a turning point for Eat Sleep Cycle. At the crack of dawn and in single digit temperatures, we rode from Bormio into the clouds to reach the snow capped Stelvio peak. Since we rode this climb 3 years ago we have admired the…

Pizza boxes, plastic bags, the Purito and the power of NOW!

By Brian Canty We´ve just come back to Girona after a weekend away in Andorra where we took part in a mass-cycling event dubbed the toughest sportive in Europe, La Purito. The stats that matter are 145 kilometres and 5,200 metres of climbing and in there are seven categorised climbs; the Beixalis after 18km (cat….

Biting at the Chip

The more well known phrase is of course ´chomping at the bit´. Lee got his words mixed up when we were chatting about our race seasons a few days ago, but actually ´biting at the chip´ sums up my current race mojo. I´d bascially rather be lying on a sofa, watching cycling with a bag…

The wonder of Carrer de la Rutlla (Roo-ee-ya!)

By Brian Canty Next month I’ll be celebrating three years in Girona and I’m just amazed at how quickly the time has gone. I still have the most vivid memories of those early days and weeks of arriving on 94/96 Carrer de la Rutlla, a street that meant absolutely nothing to me back in late…

The rock and roll lifestyle of a bike tour guide in the Pyrenees

By Brian Canty I won’t thank my new editor Lee Comerford for tasking me with the most general of all assignments; ‘a blog on the last week’, or something like that, would be great. Tonight. How can one sum up in words what it feels like to ride across the Pyrenees for work? How impossible…

2009, Bedoin and the start of a beautiful love affair

By Brian Canty The Tour de France is like no other event in the world of professional sport and it´s a race I hold very, very dear.  My first experience of it was on a balmy July evening in 2009, a couple of months  after I´d finished college in Galway. Without much money or cycling…