I have a dream

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I have a dream. Not a big dream just a little one, maybe its a day dream, probably just a pipe dream!

Having had some interest in my words from one offline and one online magazine I have decided its time to set my sights on a bigger project.

We all read magazines and reviews of bikes and biking destinations in magazines and online. Apart from the odd Tripadvisor type reviews by ordinary recreational bikers, the bulk of these are written by lucky journalists, professional cycling enthusiasts generally those guys that are surrounded by bikes and mountain biking 24/7.

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Rarely is there a full account of a biking holiday or destination by the average rider like me, and I am certainly an average rider…

So my dream is an article (words and pictures) in a mainstream magazine that is an account, diary, review, or story of a mountain bike holiday in the French Alps taken by half a dozen mountain bikers of various skills and on a variety of different bikes.

I will provide the words, the pictures, the humour, the highs and the lows, but most of all the reality. What a trip like this means to those who don’t live and breath mountain biking and aren’t lucky enough, or more to the point, paid to visit these destinations.

Hopefully the above reason is a good enough one for a magazine article, but here are some more reasons…

I like writing – check out the blog or my ride reports for MB Swindon.
I like to take photos – er check out the blog or my ride reports for MB Swindon.

  • http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/mountain-biking-black-mountains-wales/
  • http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/bronze-age-epic-ride-report/
  • http://www.mbswindon.co.uk/rainy-days-and-mondays-a-cwmcarn-ride-report/
  • My story on BikeMagic:
    http://bikemagic.com/zfeaturedbox/tim-norris-how-i-was-bitten-by-the-bug.html

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    Finally, I am going to do this anyway. I am going to write about our week in the Alps in June and I am going to blog about it. I am also not looking for any payment for this – just for someone to be interested enough so it gets published… I wouldn’t say no to payment or recognition of some kind, but the fact that you think it’s good enough for your magazine is all I am looking for.

    So what do you say?
    If you are interested please get in touch…

    Packed and ready

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    All packed and ready to go and get wet in Wales.

    When I booked this mountain bike trip I was expecting a spring weekend on the bike in Wales. While that hasn’t exactly changed, the weather certainly has!

    Its March and its snowing!

    Anyway expect some pictures over the next few days… Muddy wet and cold pictures!

    A Great Day Not In The Office

    I was hoping to fill this post with interesting photos of my day out in London but I was working and the opportunity to take any pictures didn’t really arise. I have one of The Shard which I’ll show you in a moment but for now here is what happened today.

    Firstly I got up at 5am, yes 5 o’clock in the morning. Why? Because I arranged a breakfast meeting in London today with a potentially big new client. Not a bad idea really as I tend to start waking around that sort of time anyway. Now for some facts….

    # Orange and cranberry hot cross buns from ASDA are awesome…
    # Yes I had breakfast before I left for my breakfast meeting.
    # Driving to the train station in Swindon I decided that of the last three Green Day albums iUNO! is the best
    # First Great Western today issued a sensible no of tickets. 1 travel card and rail ticket combined, my receipt and my seat reservation. This was very useful compared to the half a dozen pieces of card the ticket machine usually spews out.
    # Rail travel is over priced and we would not put up with such poor service from any where else. Late by 40 minutes going to London and had to stand for half my journey home. All for £123!

    Meetings in London went well, breakfast was eggs Benedict coffee and orange juice. Lunch was venison and dauphinois potato with button mushrooms.

    Breakfast venue – Franco’s
    Lunch venue – Harry’s Bar

    Now for that picture.