19th September 2014

Last nights thunderstorms rumbled on into the early hours of the morning, Poppy was whining and trembling nearly all night, so wifey n me had very little sleep ;-(

Thank god I was working at home today!

It was still raining this morning so I didn’t go out for a bike ride, I did intend to go out at lunchtime, but work got in the way ;-(

I eventually downed tools and got out just before 5, It was damn hard work motivating myself after being sat on my arse all day!

Distance: 23.50 mi
Time: 1:20:19
Avg Speed: 17.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 394 ft
Calories: 646 C
Avg Temperature: 62.1 °F

Route here…

18th September 2014

A plan was made on my way home, I would take Milo for a nice run to the pub, I would meet up with Wifey, Daughter and Poppy and we would have a nice meal and then drive home :-)

So I got changed and set off, I was a bit dubious as I saw a flash of Lightning and a rumble of Thunder, but there was no sign of rain so I pressed on, about half way down the cycle track to Stanley bridge it started to rain, I decided to turn back, then the floodgates of heaven opened and Milo n me got a proper drenching ;-(

We got back home and I dried Milo off with a towel and showered n changed, Wifey came back home, picked me up and we drove for a meal :-)

Distance: 3.58 mi
Time: 34:39
Avg Pace: 9:40 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 80 ft
Calories: 454 C

Route here…

17th September 2014

Worked at home today, as I hate getting up in the dark, and the weather forecast was for a warm and sunny late afternoon, I decided to forego an early morning ride and go for a late afternoon one instead ;-)

So I started work early, and finished work later than I intended :-(

It was damn hard work getting going after having an unreasonably dormant day.

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.49 mi
Time: 2:15:50
Avg Speed: 17.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,014 ft
Calories: 3,002 C
Avg Temperature: 65.1 °F

Route here…

16th September 2014

Got in from work, got changed and took Milo out for a drag run.

Distance: 3.24 mi
Time: 30:44
Avg Pace: 9:29 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 117 ft
Calories: 361 C

Route here…

It’s starting to get dark in the early evening’s now ;-(


15th September 2014

Night off, played computer games ;-)

14th September 2014

I thought I would cycle out to the Seagry Spitfire Memorial grand unveiling, so I dressed up in my most patriotic cycling gear (Union Jack top) and set of from home in the opposite direction (to get a few miles in)


I started to get a wee bit worried at Brinkworth, it looked like I was not going to make it in time, but I need not have worried, a rather healthy tailwind pushed me along and I arrived at just before 11.

It was nice to see a fair turnout.


I personally wasn’t so keen on the religious mumbo jumbo that seems to be inextricably linked to this sort of memorial, I was there to pay my respects for the two pilots that died well before there time…

There were two fly pasts, one mid ceremony…


And one at the conclusion, the Spitfire sounded stunning, and the pilot did multiple passes with some minor aerobatics ;-)


When the Spitfire flying off into the distance I, set off to Sutton Benger for lunch (My third cycle ride in three days that has visited a pub )


After lunch I headed straight home and did some long outstanding chores (Cut hedges/chop down dead tree/cut grass/weeding)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.25 mi
Time: 2:29:21
Avg Speed: 16.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,660 ft
Calories: 1,004 C
Avg Temperature: 59.0 °F

Route here…

13th September 2014

Woke up to the sound of Milo whining to be let out of his crate at 4:30 am ;-( wifey ambled downstairs and let him out at about 5 am and I got up at about 6am.

After chilling out for a while Neil ventured down at about 7:30 ish, he didn’t look like he was up for a bike ride and looked a little shell shocked as I was already dressed in cycle gear and was ready to go :-)

I made porridge for breakfast and 9am we set off for a nice little ride to the Cotswold Water Park and back.

We arrived at the Water Park  having to detour around Crossings Lane as NetworkRail have decided to re-work the level crossing again…again…again.


After a rather pleasant Bacon Sandwich and Tea we headed on a more direct route back to Chippenham (Neil was having point of contact issues), we decided to stop at the Rising Sun at Christian Malford for a spot of lunch then headed back home.

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 51.60 mi
Time: 3:17:22
Avg Speed: 15.7 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,575 ft
Calories: 1,325 C
Avg Temperature: 59.2 °F

Route here…

It was rather fun catching up with an old friend AND going for bike rides :-)

12 September 2014

I took the day off work today to see the Tour of Britain cycle through Wiltshire ;-) my OLD friend Neil stayed over night and my other friend Russell (yes I have at least two friends) drove over to met us at 8 am.

We cycled over to the Rugby club to meet up with some  of  the cycle club (Chippenham Wheelers) and cycled a circuitous route to Devizes, we found a PERFECT spot on Caen Hill and then waited for over an hour!

A photo was taken of us by the Gazzette and Herald and published on the live blog :-)


Neil and Russ decided to photo bomb in boredom ;-)

After what seemed like hours of waiting in the cold shaded side of the road (Why didn’t we stand in the warm sun) the breakaway passed us.


Then a couple of minutes later the main peleton passed.


So after over an hour waiting the race passed us within 5 minutes, then Neil, Russ and me went for a bike ride and warmed back up again ;-)


We headed out to Woodborough and stopped for a wee cup of tea and bacon rolls :-)


From Woodborough we climbed over Milk Hill and descended into Marlborough, then we tracked down Bertie Maffoons bicycle shop and had another round of tea, this time with cake :-)

We climbed out of Marlborough over Hackpen and descended through Clyffe Pypard and Tockenham.

I managed to squeeze one more little climb in for Neil (that he thoroughly enjoyed)


We stopped at the Langley Tap for one final refreshment stop (Soft drinks for the peleton, apple juice for me) ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as….

Distance: 68.38 mi
Time: 4:26:16
Avg Speed: 15.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,130 ft
Calories: 2,269 C
Avg Temperature: 65.8 °F

Route here…


11th September 2014

My friend Neil is visiting, we had intended going for an evening ride, but quote “I can’t be arsed”

As he is visiting and the guest is always right, we didn’t bother! so an impromptu night off, he will pay for it tomorrow and Saturday :-)

10th September 2014

Up early and out for a pre-work bike ride, as I had a hospital appointment mid morning I settled for a shorter ride than normal.

It was damn old, damn foggy and damn hard work!

Distance: 28.62 mi
Time: 1:47:51
Avg Speed: 15.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 702 ft
Calories: 714 C
Avg Temperature: 43.9 °F

Route here…

I got back home, showered and changed and settled in for some work, at 10 am I ran to Chippenham Hospital and back.

Distance: 2.47 mi
Time: 23:28
Avg Pace: 9:29 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 127 ft
Calories: 367 C

Route here…

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