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Celebration of Cycling the USA
May 2023

James Ketchell introduced me to VAARU Cycles early in 2020 as we tried to keep fit during the Covid lockdowns. From the day I collected my own VAARU (the MPA Endurance frameset) from James Beresford himself I have been bitten by the cycling bug.  Beresford has designed award winning bicycle products for the last 14 years and in 2013 created Vaaru Cycles. With passion, knowledge and experience, James creates some of the best Titanium bicycles in the world, for all types of riders and for any type of journey.

While Ketchell and I were waiting in Greenland for our extraction after skiing across the icecap we hatched a plan to cycle across America: something a little warmer! Beresford couldn’t resist joining us and offered to provide specially prepared Vaaru bikes for our use (GTA Frameset - VAARU’s titanium mixed terrain bike).

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Thus, two adventurers and the owner of a bicycle brand were set to ride 2,700 miles from Pacific Beach, San Diego, CA to St.Augustine Beach, FL in about 30 days roughly following the Southern-tier route.


Introducing the team from right to left James Ketchell, Peter Wilson and James Beresford.

We completed this epic challenge to give ongoing support to Great Ormond St. Hospital Children’s Charity for its fight against children’s cancer. Please dig deep, we certainly will!! Just Giving page.


Follow the journey with our daily youtube videos and

tracking via these links: and

Thank you to our product sponsors: Vaaru Cycles providing fully prepared gravel bikes for our journey (GTA Evolution frame with titanium forks) with Apidura providing its brilliant frame bags, Hunt its limitless disc carbon wheels, Hope it’s rotorsseat clamp, spacers and pedalsUSE its race stem and AbsoluteBLACK for its graphene brake pads. We are grateful for your support.


Cycle USA adventure

Some stunning pictures

Coffee table book

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