The Normandy Cheese Olympics

Of our French tours, the distinctiveness and quality of the local cuisine varies widely. Whatever locals might tell you, the Loire Valley and Bordeaux are generic ‘French’ – delicious when done well, but you can get it anywhere. The Dordogne is very distinctive, based as it is almost entirely on duck and goose with some… Read more

Biking in Normandy

Ten years after being advised by Dick Allen, Steve Foote and Gary Ford to organise a bike tour around Normandy, and finally prompted by my brother Mike’s good sense, The Chain Gang will offer bike tours around Normandy, and I’m delighted. There’s significant history in Normandy. This was home to William The Bastard, son of… Read more

The Chain Gang Goes to Paris

Modesty forces me to say this wasn’t my idea, but I do think it’s a wonderful one – thank you Nicolas Rannou, French triathlete now based in Exeter. We’re all familiar with Paris’ famous landmarks, places like the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe and the Louvre. Starting in 2012 we’re going to be running… Read more

Share And Share Alike.

I think we’ve taken a very significant step towards realising a long-held Chain Gang dream. The biggest thing about The Chain Gang is that groups of people share a week of cycling together and become friends. When I’m guiding I regularly hear conversations around the dinner table every evening “how can we share our photopraphs… Read more

Thank You Very Much.

49%. Remember that number, and I’ll explain what it means. Last year I joined one of our Dordogne groups in September, just for a couple of days. I’d been with a group on the Bordeaux Winetrail the week before, and I think it’s a good idea to meet our groups when I have the chance…. Read more