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Reports by Allan Nelson

All descriptions are in English, unless otherwise noted.


Dolomites 2009
by Allan Nelson, tour started 2008, submitted 7 October 2009

An account of a 6 day bike/tandem tour based in Arabba at the foot of the Passo Pordoi in September 2009. Includes daily ride reports, route maps, lots of photos and details on how we got there - and how we got on! The rides include ascents of the following passes... Passo Giau, Falzarego, Pordoi, Sella, Gardena, Campolongo, Valparola, Tre Croci, Tre Cime di Lavaredo, Duran and Staulanza.

''the last stretches to the top were crazy. I was basically pedalling through thick snow. After reaching the top we hurriedly got our photos taken by the summit sign and got ready for the descent

And this descent was going to be an education. Very few times in my life have I actually feared for my mortality, but believe me, this was going to be an extreme experience in cold, terror and emotion''

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The tandem - ascending the Passo Sella
Cycling out of Bormio - covering the Stelvio, Umbrail, Mortirolo, Gavia and Foscagno passes
by Allan Nelson, tour started September 2008, submitted 6 October 2008

An account of a weeks bike trip to the Italian Alps (Bormio), (and a bit of Switzerland) in September 2008.

The legend that is the Passo Stelvio had been on my itinerary for a few years. Between us, we'd expanded that to include the equally legendary Mortirolo and Gavia passes, and anything else we'd regard as a bonus!

Includes a daily ride report and route maps, plus loads of pictures of each days ride in the gallery section.

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Looking towards the Stelvio summit
English Lake District road rides
by Allan Nelson, tour started 2006, submitted 6 May 2006

Some road rides in the English Lake District (will be added to). Includes the (in)famous Fred Whitton Challenge route. A demanding ride which takes you through some of the most stunning scenery the Lake District has to offer and includes the major passes of Kirkstone, Honister, Newlands, Whinlatter, Hardknott and Wrynose. If your touring the Lake District try to fit this ride in - it can easily be split into 2 days.

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Looking back toward Cockley Beck and Hardknott Pass from Wrynose Pass
Abruzzo & Puglia by Tandem
by Allan Nelson, tour started May 2005, submitted 19 November 2005

A 2 week tandem tour of the Abruzzo and Puglia regions, taking in the Gran Sasso region (Campo Imperatore), and the Gargano Peninsula. Includes daily ride reports, maps, photos, planning and packing info.

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Climbing the Campo Imperatore

Cycling info pages

Cycling before Lycra
by Allan Nelson, submitted 6 October 2008

A collection of photographs and anecdotes from my father on cycling in the late 1930's and 1940's. Racing, touring, pass-storming, you name it, they did it - usually on fixed gear, and wearing corduroy shorts - ouch! No chamois leather for these boys.

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Les Nelson at Lake Bank, Coniston, ready for the time-trial.