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Monthly Archives: January 2014

Stadium visit video – #1 Porto Alegre

Thanks to my mate Laurie for editing this video that I shot on my phone into the stylish update you can see below: Stadium Visit #1 Porto Alegre from Andy Smith on Vimeo. I’ll record some footage at each WC stadium when I visit, so look out for more videos as the #SambaCycle progresses.

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What a day in Porto Alegre

Wow, I had an amazing Sunday here in Porto Alegre… This morning I cycled with Marcelo (my couchsurfing host) and his daughter Mariana to City Hall where we were greeted by the Deputy Mayor and a pack of press people who all wanted to interview me for local newspapers and TV to find out more … Continue reading »

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Olá Brasil!

Quick update to say that Luis (my bike) and I have arrived safe and sound in Porto Alegre, it’s fantastic to be here! I’m staying with a lovely local family and this is the view from their apartment:

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It’s time, finally it’s actually time to go. I’m packed and will be heading to the airport in a few hours time.  After all the planning it’s pretty weird and not a little scary to now be on the verge of doing this trip.  But I can’t wait to arrive in Brazil and get on … Continue reading »

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And the bike name is…

…slight change of plan!  I decided to draw 5 names so that it’ll change each month during my cycle tour, and so the bike names will be… 1) Jan 17-Feb 16 = Luis (as in Luis Boa Sorte) – entered by the Bison family 2) Feb 17-Mar 16 = Dinly (Do I Not Like That!) – Peter O’Shaughnessy 3) … Continue reading »

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And the SSSSCS Raffle prizewinners are…

First of all, don’t worry, the bike name hasn’t been drawn yet, I’ll do that live at tonight’s leaving do!  All entries will be in the hat. But I have drawn winners for the other prizes – all the entries were put into a hat and drawn at random, so nobody make any fix claims, … Continue reading »

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TalkSPORT and BBC Three Counties Radio interviews

I’ve just been to TalkSPORT Towers to chat live on air with Colin Murray, Deitmar Hamann and Des Kelly!  It was amazing to go into the studio for the interview, and despite their scepticism over whether I’ll actually survive the adventure, they were genuinely impressed with what I’m about to do and of course wished me … Continue reading »

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SmudgerSambaCycle Q&A

I thought it’d be useful to put a Q&A on this website, to clarify some questions I get asked regularly and also to inform anyone who’s new to my #SambaCycle challenge… Q1) What’s with the ‘Smudger Samba Soccer Stadium Cycle Safari’ name? A1) Well my nickname is Smudger (real name Andy Smith), Brazil is well … Continue reading »

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Language school Q&A

On Friday 10th Jan I was invited to visit St Giles College in Highgate by my friend Vicky who teaches language students there.  They were spending some time covering the topic of ‘adventurers’ and so I’m the closest thing to that who was available at short notice and I was delighted to go along for … Continue reading »

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WFC pitchside cycle & leaving do #1

Yesterday was great fun (apart from Watford losing 0-1 to Reading!) as I got to cycle pitchside at Vicarage Road and then enjoyed the Watford leaving do! Pre-match (at about 2.45pm) I rode my touring bike along the side of the pitch in front of the Rous and Rookery stands at Vicarage Road whilst being announced … Continue reading »

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