20th August 2014

The cycle club forum had the following post for today…

On the Wednesday 20 August starting at 1830 hrs (6.30 p.m.) the Steel Is Real 10 mile Time Trial will take place on UC865 (Malmesbury RAB course, not Lyneham Banks and not the combined 13 mile hilly alternative).  Riders may ride any bike they wish this evening but only bikes which are not aero [no tri-bars, no deep section wheels, no shaped seat posts], are not carbon and riders in leisure riding atire (e.g. no pointy helmets, no skin hugging lycra, no plastic over their shoes [unless it is neoprene in the event of heavy rain]) will count towards the event. Clip on shoes and handle bar shifters are allowed.

Panache and style will be appreciated but there will be no time adjustments made for this as the complex scoring system used in the past defeated even the Racing Secretary when it came to working out the handicap.

So come on, dig out that old faithful and revel in the nostaligia for days of yore when Rule 5 applies with every turn of the pedal.

So it seemed like a reasonable idea to drag the old Peugeot Optimum 14 out of its retirement and give it a quick going over ;-)


At 5:45 I set off to the start…

Distance: 7.87 mi
Time: 28:22
Avg Speed: 16.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 154 ft
Calories: 262 C
Avg Temperature: 60.2 °F

Route here…

It has got noticeably colder over the last couple of days and I felt the need to wear arm warmers ;-(

I signed in had a chat, picked up my number (5) then rode the short distance to the start of the course, then I waited, those around me burnt energy warming up, by cycling up and down the road, I preserved my energy by doing nothing ;-)

With the first four riders of up the road at 1 minute intervals, it was my turn to go, I had only ever done this course once before and I it’s unreasonably hilly ;-( ohh and its starts off on an incline ;-(

After a painfully slow start I got in to a bit of a rhythm, until the Col de Little Somerford, where try as I might to hold a decent cadence I ended up standing and grinding up the hill, I accelerated and got going again nicely on the flattish main road, a quick glance behind and I was getting caught :-( a few moments later and I was passed, thank god it was a light carbon fibre aero thing, being ridden by Spartacus :-)

After another irritating and slowing climb I descended to the Malmesbury roundabout, great the roundabout was empty, nightmare there were traffic lights off the roundabout, they were red and there was a long queue of traffic ;-( I had no choice but to slow to a crawl, I passed all the traffic and was at the front of the queue, after stopping for a second or two, I assessed the roadworks, the lane was conned off, but there was no holes in the road, I decided to carry on on the closed portion of road, I had lost precious time, but better to be safe than sorry!

I turned off the main road and accelerated down Grange Lane, at the bottom of the decent became the inevitable climb, Ahhhhhhhh I was overtaken! I blame the traffic lights! I carried on grinding up the hill, and used by density to its full on the descent ;-)

I gave it my all on the final hill, and then set about trying to catch up with my overtakee, but I had to slow down for horses….

The Garmin had the 10 miles as…

Distance: 10.13 mi
Time: 29:42
Avg Speed: 20.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 423 ft
Calories: 445 C
Avg Temperature: 54.4 °F

Route here…

As per every time I have done a TT, I always feel that I didn’t give it my all, and looking at my average speed I am absolutely certain of it!

I milled about for a while, then set off back home.

Distance: 6.75 mi
Time: 22:22
Avg Speed: 18.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 164 ft
Calories: 214 C
Avg Temperature: 52.7 °F

Route here…

19th August 2014

Got in from work a touch late ;-( got changed and took Milo out for a quick run ;-)

Distance: 3.62 mi
Time: 35:56
Avg Pace: 9:56 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 131 ft
Calories: 456 C

Route here…

I felt completely recovered from Sundays big ride today, I am still amazed at how quickly the body adapts and recovers, I think I would have been OK yesterday if I had eaten properly on Sunday’s ride, and more importantly if I hadn’t thrown up what little I did eat when I got back home Sunday!

I won’t attempt to rewrite what has already been written by far better wordy people than me about Tommy Godwin, have a read of Dave Barters article here…, and Raleigh’s article here…

Late last year I stumbled across a challenge published and sponsored by Raleigh, here… to celebrate Tommy’s achievement by completing just a single ride that matched Tommy’s daily average for over a year, a mere 205 miles!

I plotted a route that was reasonably well known to me and more importantly reasonably flat and hence quick! It was just unfortunate that the planned day of the ride was also a windy day! great for the first 100 miles unfortunately the second 100 was damn hard work!

What did I learn from this, well I can cycle over 200 miles and still enjoy cycling, I could set my sights higher and do 400K, 500K ,600K Audaxes, but I still think 12 hours in the saddle is enough for one day! so although I am more than capable of longer distances I wouldn’t enjoy it! could I do 205 miles every day for a year…definitely NOT, Tommy Godwin was a legend and deserves to be remembered.

His record of 75,065 miles in 365 days is phenomenal,  having ridden just one of his days millage is a target so high that its almost unfathomable, it pales my 53,000 miles in 7  years into insignificance! and I thought I cycled a lot!

18th August 2014

Night off,played computer games.

I dont think I could have got up at 5am and done another 207 miles today, perhaps 100 would have been manageable,how Tommy averaged 206 miles everyday for over a year is beyond me!

17th August 2014

A wee bit tired now, so only a short blog…

I was up at 5 am and cycled to the Chippenham Cemetery gates to meet up with Simon and Rich for a wee jauntet!

Se set off into a headwind to Bath, at the Batheaston roundabout we turned and headed back the way we came, with a stonking tailwind.


At Hyde Park corner we stopped for a quick photo.


Then we headed back along the A4 the way we had come, this time with a killing headwind ;-(

The Garmin had the ride as….

Distance: 207.53 mi
Time: 12:22:13
Avg Speed: 16.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 5,381 ft
Calories: 6,515 C
Avg Temperature: 61.0 °F

Route here…

16th August 2014

As I am planning a big ride for tomorrow, I thought I would get up later today and do things at a slightly more leisurely pace!

I ended up waking up early as the morning sun shone through the window, so I decided to get up and wash the car ;-)

The car was cleaned and shining by 9 am, so I decided to head out with the Chain Gang ;-) It ended up being a nice quick little ride :-)

When we reached Corsham I decided to up my pace a little, and passed everybody at about 28 mph, unfortunately I couldn’t sustain it, and I got passed…I then caught up and passed them again, only to be re-passed ;-(

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.74 mi
Time: 2:02:30
Avg Speed: 20.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,007 ft
Calories: 1,312 C
Avg Temperature: 63.7 °F

Route here…

Along the way I got talked into being a member of a 3 up time trial in October!

When I got back home the posty had delivered the set back seat post, so I fitted it to the Equilibrium and set up the saddle height/position and took it for a test ride…



It gave me the extra space I wanted and the bike felt considerably less cramped :-)

Distance: 8.67 mi
Time: 36:53
Avg Speed: 14.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 256 ft
Calories: 323 C
Avg Temperature: 64.4 °F

Route here…

When I got back, I ate lunch, made some caramelised red onion chutney, hoovered the car went shopping, cut the grass and took the dogs for a walk…so much for a nice slow quiet day!

15th August 2014

Worked from home today ;-)

As per usual I got up early (5:40 am) and did a pre work 40 miles, it was damn slow and hard work today!

It was also noticeably cooler, that probably explains the slower speed!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.11 mi
Time: 2:25:55
Avg Speed: 16.5 mph
Elevation Gain: 919 ft
Calories: 1,008 C
Avg Temperature: 47.8 °F

Route here…

I think I will try and sort out the years stats so far, its all getting a bit out of hand!

14th August 2014

I had planned to go for a cycle ride this evening, but when I got in from work it was piddling with rain and the skies were as black as a witches hat, so I decided to not do anything :-)

13th August 2014

Worked from home today ;-)

The alarm went of at 5:40 am, ready for me to go for a pre work bike ride, but I woke up exhausted, so I rolled over and went back to sleep :-)

I eventually got up and ready for work at 8am, it was nice and sunny out and I sort of felt guilty about not making the most of it, but I had plenty of work to do…so I got on with it!

I promised myself that I would go for a ride at lunchtime, but my new bike arrived so I assembled it instead :-)

It is a 58cm Genesis Equilibrium Disk, I brought forwards my purchase plan as the 2014 model was vanishing fast and I only found one supplier with the 58cm frame, the 2015 model is destined to have carbon forks, and I don’t want or like carbon fibre anywhere near my bikes!


After lunch I settled back in to work…

I sort of promised myself I would go for a ride after work, but lethargy stepped in, and the weather looked a little doubtful! so I took the dogs for a walk :-)


During tea wifey and daughter were talking about TV things they were planning on watching this evening, so I decided to go out for a ride instead! and as it appeared to be dry I took the new bike out :-)


It felt nice and quick, but it also felt a little short :-( I have been riding the oversize Giant and the Surly is 60 cm, this bike is a 58cm frame, so not overly small if I find the cramped feeling pesists, I may see if I can get an angled seat post and a longer stem to spread it apart a bit :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 21.12 mi
Time: 1:08:06
Avg Speed: 18.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 377 ft
Calories: 682 C
Avg Temperature: 57.1 °F

Route here…

12th August 2014

Got in from work, got changed and took Milo out for a run :-)

I pushed myself quite hard and it felt quicker than normal, bit of a shame that Strava says its my 3rd quickest estimated 5k ;-(

Garmin had the run as…

Distance: 3.46 mi
Time: 32:04
Avg Pace: 9:16 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 161 ft
Calories: 378 C

Route here…

11th August 2014

Night off, played computer games 😄

Cycling Stats 15/08/14

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
6,994 Miles 2014

Rollers/Turbo 2014
83.7 miles 3 Hours 31 Minutes

Running 2014
196.8 miles 32 Hours 19 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 2,129.09
Chain1: 1,044.87
Chain 2: 995.40
Chain 3: 154.60 *
Chain set: 7,127.09

Genesis Equilibrium

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 0

*Currently fitted chain