The New Forest Cycling Week starts today [http://www.newforestrallycc.org.uk/index.html], the Semaine Federale starts on Sunday [http://www.sf2011-flers.org/ and http://www.ctc-maps.org.uk/routes/route/1337} and the Birthday Rides is from 14-20 August – sadly full up now [http://www.ctc.org.uk/desktopdefault.aspx?tabid=3414]. Yours truly is fortunate in going to both the Semaine and the Birthday Rides. As a chance to camp, ride your bike day after day and socialise like it’s going out of fashion, rallies take a lot of beating. What I particularly love about them is the routine: get up, eat, ride, eat, ride, eat (depending how many stops you have of course), ablute, eat, drink and sleep. Then repeat for six or seven days. Added bonus: you can forget about everything except riding your bike and having a good time.