28th July 2015

I had a particularly shite nights sleep :-(

So an early morning drive to Warwick just wasn’t going to happen!

I was still feeling a wee bit groggy at lunchtime, so I forced myself to go out for a wee bike ride, it made wonders, I woke up and felt energetic this afternoon.

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 21.49 mi
Time: 1:14:38
Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 358 ft
Calories: 1,442 C
Avg Temperature: 60.9 °F

Route here…

The only down side was the cockwomble he thought he would try and overtake me whilst I was doing 30 mph in a 30 mph limit! I was forced to brake, otherwise I would have been in the back of some parked cars…

Just because sombody is on a bicycle does not mean they HAVE to be overtaken!

27th July 2015

Night off, played computer games :-)

26th July 2015

I was talked into doing the London to Cambridge bike ride, on the grand scheme of challenge for me it rated about 0, I did intend to ride with my work colleagues for the whole 57 miles.

It all started so well…


I was quite happy to stay with everybody, if I got to the top of an incline first, I would duly sit and wait, then the rain started, and I started to get cold ;-(

We all decided to stop at a pub at 35 miles, and the stop was a little to long and I started to get cold, the rain was also getting heavier, I said ‘I am getting cold, I am going to put a bit of effort in to warm up..’ so I did, it had taken about 3 hours to do the first  35 miles, I completed the final 24 miles in about 1 hour 15 minutes! (That included lots of slow moving traffic in Cambridge)

I arrived in Cambridge in the soaking rain feeling quite warm :-)

I did again realise that mass participation cycle rides irritate me, I hate red light jumpers! I hate people taking up the whole road, with NO consideration for other road users, I think these sort of events do NOTHING for cycling, they do line the pockets of the organisers, who then feed nothing back into cycling!

After a quick bite to eat, I met up with wifey, walked to the van, got changed into dry clothes then drove home.

The sat nav took me home via Stevenage, then it was like an old nightmare coming home to haunt me, I always hated the drive home from Stevenage :-(

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 55.90 mi
Time: 3:27:36
Avg Speed: 16.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,762 ft
Calories: 1,698 C
Avg Temperature: 53.7 °F

Route here…

Although the ride wasn’t the most enjoyable, it was good to meet up with some old friends :-)



I think I will just stick to riding with a few select friends, so if I ever enter an ‘event’ again, I will give myself a good kicking!

25th July 2015

Up at 6am and out at 7:15, I had a stonking tailwind down the A4, it was looking like I would arrive at Lee Valley far too early!

My plan was to cycle down the A4 as far as Thatcham, before the traffic got to busy, then change tact and use NCR4..The A4 was awesome and empty…



Unfortunately I had forgotten quite how uncyclable some of NCR4 is :-(





On top of that I had a splitting headache…

I also started to get hungry….I asked a random cyclist heading in the opposite direction if he could recommend somewhere good for lunch, fortunately for me…he could :-)

Although it was slightly off route, the Fifield Inn (at Fifield) proved to be a good lunch stop :-) After a spot of food and drink, the headache started to diminish…

If the terrain wasn’t bad enough, the traffic, junctions and traffic lights started to become a nightmare ;-( I really couldn’t cycle in the smog and enjoy it!

I ended up arriving at Lee Valley at around 5 pm (About 2 hours later than I expected)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 122.41 mi
Time: 8:26:48
Avg Speed: 14.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,688 ft
Calories: 3,640 C
Avg Temperature: 62.8 °F

Route here…

24th July 2015

No cycling today…it’s pissed down with rain ALL day!


23rd July 2015

Arrived home with a splitting headache and an earache…decided not to go for a run!

I suspect with tomorrows heavy rain forecast I wont be going out then either.

22nd July 2015

Worked from home today, I got up uber early and headed out for a not so swift pre-work 40 miles…

I didn’t have the benefit f a tail wind for the outbound leg, and suffered from a headwind on the home bound stretch…

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.88 mi
Time: 2:24:51
Avg Speed: 16.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 971 ft
Calories: 1,031 C
Avg Temperature: 57.2 °F

Route here…


21st July 2015

I took the folding bike to Warwick today and went out for a quick ride at lunchtime…

It was a tadge windy!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 14.83 mi
Time: 56:13
Avg Speed: 15.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 751 ft
Calories: 1,093 C
Avg Temperature: 69.6 °F

Route here…

20th July 2015

Night off, played computer games :-)

19th July 2015

No cycling today…family event in Chichester instead :-)

Cycling Stats 01/04/15

Road (+ Roller) miles...
4,198.78 Miles in 2008
9,504.17 Miles in 2009
10,808.93 (763.77) Miles in 2010
11,790.49 (287) Miles in 2011
10,906.37 (682.2) Miles in 2012
9,242.14 (842.63) Miles 2013
10,833.49 (83.7) Miles Cycling 2014
293.12 Miles Running 2014

1,879.91 Miles 2015

Rollers/Turbo 2015
156.72 miles

Running 2015
26.25 miles 4 Hours 18 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 70
Chain 1: 70
Chain 2: 0
Chain 3: 0
Chain set: 7,926.39

Genesis Equilibrium
Chain 1: 0
Chain 2: 0

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 0

Montague Urban (Folder)

*Currently fitted chain