The cyclist in shining armour

March 22, 2018

It was brilliant cycling into the ancient medieval city of Vitre in Brittany.  The streets look like something out of the 15th century. I expected to come across Baldrick and Blackadder at any moment…. Instead I came into the

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No Apple blossom this year?

March 22, 2018

I was saddened by what I saw.  Along a pleasant country lane I came to a crossroads with a bus stop, a line of trees in the distance and a huge field of neatly piled logs in rows. In

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Life is what happens while you are busy making plans

March 22, 2018

An air traffic controllers strike in France.  No flights, trains full, busy roads, I’m on my bike. Why would this affect me on quiet lanes?  Mrs Mallett due to fly to Poitiers today to meet me for the weekend.  That’s not going

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The cycling artist pedals and paints

March 19, 2018

Inspiration is everywhere.  It’s not hard to see it or to register it.  It is hard to do and do something about it.  Sometimes I just have to sit in the moment and do it. Here I saw the

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The way of the Plantagenets

March 19, 2018

The Camino de Santiago or Chemin De Saint Jacques has many routes across Europe….. From Mont St Michel I chose the way of the Plantagenets which starts with the Normans and William the Conqueror’s grand church in Pontroson then

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Timmy finds his way to World heritage site

March 18, 2018

We all do this when we get somewhere impressive.  First thing we do is get out the camera, or in my case the paints.  On a bike tour/pilgrimage you find yourself in unusual places, and Mont St-Michel is no

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From the Bayeux tapestry to Timmy on tour

March 18, 2018

Standing on the huge ramparts of Mont St-Michel I was reminded how dangerous the sands are around this island. The tide sweeps in at an alarming rate. It’s got a huge tidal bore that sweeps all before it and

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Ma bubba

March 17, 2018

Martin’s name tags… We sew them onto clothes.  So they won’t be lost.  So we know where they belong. Among Martin’s possessions are his name tags.  I hold them and feel the threads, the threads of family, of how

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Meeting the Bishop of Winchester

March 17, 2018

I was delighted to be invited to meet Right Reverend Tim Dakin bishop of Winchester at his palace next to the cathedral. “Nice tie” he commented “where you at Christchurch college Oxford?” Sadly not, it was a gift when

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Soundtrack to my Camino?

March 16, 2018

Every adventure needs a soundtrack. Billy said I have to have some music to cycle to. What should that be? So let’s ask Stephanie Hirst the Queen of vinyl!

The day the chain snapped!

March 16, 2018

A mile into the adventure my chain snapped. Thanks Paul from Flat Harry’s Cyclery in Cookham who came and fixed it. The adventure was rather delayed. But we came across flooded footpaths and lovely lanes. Made our way through

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A pilgrims prayer

March 16, 2018

Do I look nervous? Rev Nick Plant sent me off from Cookham church on the way to Santiago. I also look over loaded!

I’m singing and cycling in the rain

March 15, 2018

I start today. It’s a fine grey soft English drizzle. My tummy is in turmoil. Should I take this? Will I need that? It’ll all be chucked away as I get going and down to the bare minimum. For

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Bishop’s into battle!

March 14, 2018

In the city where the American war of independence broke out, the bishop of Boston popped up to wish me well! Cheers Gayle Love the Timmy coloured vestments! The right reverend Gayle Harris shared Christmas with us in North

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I’ve got butterflies!

March 14, 2018

My good friend Wendy Craig, star of Butterflies, the Royal, and Nanny have me a sweet and gentle messagr of support for my Camino. Thanks Wendy.  Always room on the bike for a friend!

Professor Brian Cox and wing commander Timmy!

March 14, 2018

In all the wonders of the universe I am thrilled to get this message of support from my great friend the star man Brian Cox. We first met when he did great little teenage jingles for my Piccadilly Radio

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Got everything!

March 14, 2018

Got the gorgeous Giant bike, the great Daler Rowney paints, and my messages of support.. What have I forgotten?  Now just a small matter of 2000kms and open to the possibilities along the Camino de Santiago. Wish me luck! Listen

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Emmanuel Macron sends a message of support for Timmy

March 14, 2018

I wrote to Emmanuel Macron to tell him of my Camino cycling and painting adventure. He kindly sent me this very nice response and encouragement: Translation: “The President of the French Republic has received the courier that you sent

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Timmy is interviewed on BBC Radio Berkshire

March 13, 2018

Listen to Timmy’s interview on BBC Radio Berkshire, where he discusses his huge 2,000km cycle trip to Camino de Santiago and of course his dear brother Martin, who sadly passed away last week.

Martin Mallett tributes

March 11, 2018

Thank you so much for the kind comments about dear brother Martin. We are greatly comforted by the support and condolences. Never doubt it is a great comfort like a warm blanket. We are touched to see how Martin’s

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Thanks Flares!

March 11, 2018

Had a great night at Flares party venue in York. It’s a top club with a great team led by Sam and DJ Jay. Thanks for the beers and good luck messages. Can’t wait to come back again!

Martin Mallett – artist

March 10, 2018

Often when Martin came to stay we would spend time together in my studio, painting together.  Martin is wearing our dad’s old painting jacket and using my easel. This was one of those creative days. We are listening to nice

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Meeting purple man

March 10, 2018

There are lots of highlights in the glorious city of York, and this is one I came across because it was raining…. ‘Grab a brolly‘ said Mrs Mallett and I found one in the car, bright Timmy type purple.

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Mysteries of the Camino de Santiago

March 10, 2018

My pal Gary who gave me this…. It’s a thoughtful piece about the mystery of the Camino…. You can read it by clicking here. Tell me, what do you think is my reason for this adventure? Why has it

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Bear Grylls and Timmy

March 10, 2018

I’m delighted to have support of the great Bear Grylls for my cycling and painting Camino adventure. Bear says: “Am so full of admiration for Timmy’s commitment & determination to do something special. He is an inspiration to many.”

Martin Mallett blesses us all

March 9, 2018

I’m about to set off on my grand adventure, cycling the Camino de Santiago. It feels like it’s begun with a dramatic detour to the glistening granite city of Aberdeen for the funeral at St Devenick’s Church, Bieldside of

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Martin Mallett and Aberdeen

March 9, 2018

Thank you Aberdeen for welcoming brother Martin into your beautiful glistening granite city. It was his home for over half his life and you meant the world to him. You can view the article published in The Press and

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Martin Mallett – My Bubba

March 7, 2018

Dear big brother Martin has passed away. He leaves a huge, Martin shaped, hole in our lives. We’ll miss his favourite sayings: “You me” “I’m happy…” “We don’t measure the issues he had to cope with, we smile at

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As the Bishop said to the TV presenter

March 6, 2018

I was delighted when the Bishop of Oxford the right reverend Steven Croft agreed to bless my Camino painting and cycling pilgrimage. It’s a powerful thing to be receive a blessing for any adventure and for something as big

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My mission from the Bishop of Oxford

March 6, 2018

I met the right reverend Bishop Steven croft at Christchurch, Oxford to tell him of my big adventure. Cycling over 3 countries to Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of St James. There’s a unique connection to the diocese

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Lorraine Kelly on the telly

March 4, 2018

Thanks to my lovely friend Lorraine for her warm good wishes on my adventure inspired by dear Martin….x

Cycling the Camino de Santiago from home

March 4, 2018

Entertainer Timmy Mallett is set to embark on a 2,000km cycling adventure from Maidenhead to Spain next month. Setting off from Cookham on Monday, March 12, he will be cycling along the Camino de Santiago pilgrimage route, painting pictures

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It’s Wacaday!

March 4, 2018

Thanks to my great friend Michaela Strachan for her lovely support!

Is this a good idea?

March 2, 2018

It’s March, spring is on the way… And It’s zero degrees, storm Emma is here and I’m utterly freezing!  How am I going to cycle and paint my way over 3 countries, 2000kms, in the worst winter storms for decades?

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Inspired to reach your potential

March 2, 2018

I’m being asked every day what I’m doing this adventure for, and it’s really easy to explain. I am raising awareness of the importance of reaching your potential. I have a dear brother, Martin, who has downs syndrome and

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What’s in the cardboard box?

February 14, 2018

What’s in the cardboard box? A delivery arrived and I was intrigued and excited to open it! Thank you Giant Bikes UK  for the fabulous latest Explore E-Bike. Perfect for a touring cycling Artist!

The hand of St James

February 14, 2018

For 900 years this relic of the apostle of Christ has been in the Thames valley. It felt right to start with its home of I’m cycling all the way to Santiago Dr Compostela and the tomb holding the

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Meeting the Vicar of Dibley!

February 14, 2018

It was the first day out on the new Giant Explore E bike and I headed into the Chilterns for some hills and practice. In the Hambleden Valley is Fawley church with a John Piper stained glass window. We

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Was it a good idea to stop at Oxford United?

February 13, 2018

I set off from Christchurch college wearing a Christchurch tie, a lovely present from the porters in the They had also provided the Bishop with a stamp for my pilgrim passport and he had signed my pannier with a

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The Cycling Artist Camino De Santiago

January 25, 2018

Click here to keep track of Timmy's cycling progress! In March and April 2018 I intend to cycle and paint the ancient Pilgrimage route to Santiago de Compestella in Galicia, Spain. For at least a thousand years pilgrims have

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Winter Hill cycle ride

November 25, 2017

Practising painting from the back of the bike for my mammoth Camino cycle ride next spring.

Gritsy Bitsy brilliant!

November 18, 2017

Delighted the good people of @MyDoncaster have chosen utterly brilliant name for the new gritter…. Gritsy Bitsy Teeny Weeny Yellow Anti-slip Machinery!

dreaming of wembley

November 16, 2017

  Can Woking go better still after thrashing Bury 3 nil at Gig lane?

Timmy’s Travels: Naseby

June 14, 2017

Naseby monument echoes of English civil war.The beauty is startling. pic.twitter.com/qXh1Af9NFx — Timmy Mallett (@TimmyMallett) June 3, 2017