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About Cass
‘I thought of that while riding on my bike.’ Albert Einstein, on the theory of relativity. 

I began While Out Riding as a blog, charting a bike journey south from Prudoe Bay, Alaska, through the American backcountry – along quiet backroads and dirt trails where possible.

When I left Alaska in the summer of 2009, I wasn’t sure where I’d end up; life has a habit of slotting into place when I’m on my bike, so I figured I’d let it take its shape. I’ve always enjoyed bike touring for this very reason: everyday living becomes more straightforward, funnelled through the simple act of spinning pedals. A bicycle is minimal and uncomplicated, so it’s fitting that riding is the perfect mind and body de-clutterer. The blog was a way of recording this extended journey for friends and family, and a chance to process everything I was seeing and experiencing.

That was then and this is now. As of March 2013, While Out Riding has grown into a website, built around the same blog – but with lots of added extras. There’s gear reviews, packlists, Q&As, a gallery, route notes and wholesome recipes for hungry cyclists. The core of the site is still the stories I continue to post on my dirt road travels in the Americas; hopefully this new format should make it easier to navigate and use as a resource.

Cass

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Background

I’ve been an avid traveller since I was 19, initially hitchhiking and travelling the bus routes of Latin America. The moment I discovered bicycle touring, there was no turning back – I’ve been embarking regularly on two wheeled explorations for the last 15 years. As well as a thorough exploration of the UK, I’ve ridden from Sydney to London, across Central Asia on a tandem, through Tunisia and Morocco, around SW China and Laos, and through backcountry Cambodia. Most recently, I’ve been aiming to connect the length of the Americas via the road less travelled. I love touring and mountain biking, and for this reason my ideal journey fuses the two, keeping to quiet dirt roads and singletracks.

In the UK, I work as a freelance cycling journalist, and have co-ran a bike touring business for five years in the Indian Himalaya called Out There Biking.

I’m part-funding this trip by writing for bicycle magazines, and have been submitting words and pictures to Cycling Plus, What Mountain Bike, Singletrack, Sidetracked, Mountain Flyer, Adventure Cycling, Boneshaker, Cycle, Privateer, Fahrstil, Worldwide Cycling Atlas, Bunyan Velo and wired.co.uk. I love to meet up with cyclists along the way and explore the local trails. If you have a couch/yard/floorspace where I can lay my head for the night, I’d be most grateful. I can be reached by leaving a message on the blog or by contacting me here. Thanks!