6th October 2015

Worked in Warwick today, for the first time ever I car shared…it was awesome!!! I enjoyed not driving :-) I took  a bike with me (I car shared in a van)…

At lunchtime I went for a bike ride with my driver :-) The forecast was for rain….it didn’t disappoint, it was more of a monsoon than a rain storm, from dry to damp to floods in 15 minutes!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 14.93 mi
Time: 1:06:47
Avg Speed: 13.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 692 ft
Calories: 425 C
Avg Temperature: 54.6 °F

Route here…

Not the fastest ride ever, but I was with somebody else AND its better than sitting on my arse in the office all day!

5th October 2015

Night off, Played computer games :-)

4th October 2015

I had intended getting up early had cycling down to Fovant (Famous for the Fovant badges)…

Unfortunately I got up later than intended and it was cold AND foggy out, so I decided to go for my first cycle club ride of the year!!!

I downloaded the route to my Garmin and loitered for 45 minutes then set off to the starting point…

The route headed up Bowden Hill, Cherhill and Milk Hill stopping at Woodborough Garden Centre for a spot of tea…

After the stop I pressed on, obviously I was a dangling carrot in fron of everybody else as they sped up, and eventually caught me…

I dropped them all again at Steeple Ashton :-) only to be caught again at Atworth :-(

(Not that its a race!!!)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 64.50 mi
Time: 3:43:09
Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,776 ft
Calories: 2,495 C
Avg Temperature: 51.8 °F

Route here…

It’s been so long since I did a club ride, I now know very few of the regulars….


3rd October 2015

Didn’t get up quite as early as I wanted to, it was also a wee bit foggy out :-(

I dragged myself out for a 40 mile ride, it seemed like damned hard work :-(

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 41.12 mi
Time: 2:28:53
Avg Speed: 16.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,096 ft
Calories: 1,150 C
Avg Temperature: 44.3 °F

Route here…

When I got back home, I had a spot of lunch, then washed cars, took dogs for walkies and helped my neigbour with his hedge and trees (I got to play with my chainsaw :-))

2nd October 2015

Worked from home today, I had shed loads to do again…

I managed to break away for a ride at 15:30, the sun was out and it was lovely and warm, so I ended up doing 40 miles :-)

I carried on with work when I got back home, more or less finishing everything I needed to do…

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.86 mi
Time: 2:22:07
Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,070 ft
Calories: 1,006 C
Avg Temperature: 57.8 °F

Route here…

1st October 2015

Worked in Milton Keynes today, I took the folding bike with me and went out for an early lunch spin with Mick and Dave, it was a little less sendentry than it has been for the past few rides :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 14.33 mi
Time: 46:12
Avg Speed: 18.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 413 ft
Calories: 584 C
Avg Temperature: 57.9 °F

Route here…

A reasonable average speed considering the strong headwind.


30th September 2015

Worked from home today, I managed to get out for a quick spin in the sunshine, the wind was VERY punishing!

Distance: 31.51 mi
Time: 1:51:54
Avg Speed: 16.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 961 ft
Calories: 805 C
Avg Temperature: 58.9 °F

Route here…

It is getting to that sad time of year when 40 miles is to far for a weekday :-(

29th September 2015

Worked in Warwick today, I took the folding bike with me and went out for a lunchtime spin, it was damn hard work!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 14.81 mi
Time: 57:15
Avg Speed: 15.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 709 ft
Calories: 468 C
Avg Temperature: 58.8 °F

Route here…

28th September 2015

Night off, played computer games :-)

27th September 2015

Woke up to a sunny and calm Porlock, I set off straight up Porlock toll road, dutifully paying my £1 into the honesty box :-)

The views were stunning :-)



There are a few Alpine style switch backs :-)


I enjoyed a fantastic tailwind across the top of the moor, and descended the 25% Countesbury Hill, followed by the  25% climb to Lynton, it was at this point the Garmin started playing up :-(

Clear blue sky, on top of a hill, and the Garmin decided it couldnt find where I was!!!



Contrary to what Garmin shows I did not perform random loops around steep hills around woody bay!

I carried on getting more and more irritated by the contant bleep off course, bleep lost satelite, bleeb course found, bleep lost course….aaaagggggh

My route was intended to be a nice loop heading back through Simonsbath, and descending into Porlock from the south, I gave up and as I passed south of Lynton, I decided to head back the way I had come, up Countesbury, and down Porlock toll road.

The bleeping Garmin was quite happy to know where I was the moment I turned off my planned route!!!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 38.34 mi
Time: 3:36:23
Avg Speed: 10.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 4,993 ft
Calories: 1,475 C
Avg Temperature: 50.0 °F

Route here…

After a quick shower/change we stopped for a spot of lunch at Porlock Weir…

Cycling Stats 17/08/15

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

6,608.71 Miles 2015

Rollers/Turbo 2015
156.72 miles

Running 2015
42.54 miles 7 Hours 0 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 1,144.70
Chain 1: 1,144.70
Chain 2: 0
Chain 3: 0
Chain set: 9,001.09

Genesis Equilibrium
Chain 1: 120.9
Chain 2: 0

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 610.27
Chain: 610.27*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 2,944.80

Montague Urban (Folder)

*Currently fitted chain