A Year

I spent my one year anniversary touring with Khim in Sean in Melaka.

I keep on being asked by people about how many miles I have done over the past year. I could actually tell people but I don’t because if I work it out. What I’ve cycled in the past year is far less than what I did back home on my daily commute 🤣. Which does make me smile because my expectations at the start of this tour are so different to what I have actually done, but the nice thing is that it doesn’t matter.

These are my statistics from my Garmin. They are all on Strava. So if it’s not on Strava the ride didn’t happen.

237 rides, that’s less than 5 rides a week. My weekly mileage is under 60 miles a week which means that I’m averaging 12-15miles a ride 😊. And although I’ve burnt the equivalent of 32lbs of fat, I actually weigh more than I did when I left the U.K.; my clothes are snug.

My personal records, I’m hoping that I won’t beat those, because they were hard days, they were achieved when I was fully loaded. My furthest distance was the most stressful as I was cycling from one Warmshowers host to the next and it was stressful trying to leave my first host without seeming rude and then it was stressful trying to get to my next host’s house at a decent time hoping that I didn’t get lost or have a mechanical on the way which would then slow me down. I also remember getting to my host’s house after the 95km and realising that I was soooo tired that I couldn’t really engage in conversation and I felt quite rude, so I now try to do no more than 40miles in a ride, I can then also look around and take my time.

By Susan Doram

I am passionate about cycling and enjoy encouraging others to ride their bicycles. I am a cycle coach and founder member and chair for Leicester Women's Velo and Founder member and club secretary for Ride on Sistas. I love to encourage others to get active. I am an award wining personal trainer and one of Cycling UK's 100 Women in Cycling 2019. I've been on numerous cycle tours and have encouraged others to join me. Part of my cycle touring experience has included cycling around the world for just over 2 1/2 years.


  1. Where was the most ascent? Haast Pass perhaps or do we have a nasty hill waiting for us on the Pacific Coast? We are LOVING California. Your attitude is great – this is your journey…

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    1. It was the Rockies in Canada that was the big ascent. California is great isn’t, I loved it too. I remember somewhere called Leggett I think was the killer hill in California.


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