30th April 2016

I was thinking about going for a long bike ride today, but after a weather check, teh forecast looked a little poor for the afternoon, so I settled for a swift 40 in the sun 🙂

Strava session here…

29th April 2016

Worked from home today, the plan was to finish at lunchtime and head to Porlock for the weekend, wifey however isn’t feeling well and the weather does not look very spring like!

So we had a change of plan, I was going to go for an afternoon bike ride, but the wind picked up and it started raining, so I opted for an indoor session instead..

Strava session here…

Now I feel like I am coming down with a cold as well 🙁

28th April 2016

Worked from home today, I was quite busy again…

By the time I could go out for a bike ride it had changed from relatively warm sunshine, to dark, cold and raining! so I decided to set the rollers up and have a swift session on Zwift…

Strava session here…

27th April 2016

I worked in Milton Keynes today, I took the van for a change, so was able to take the Surly instead of the folding bike 😄

I went out for a little lunchtime spin with Mick, managing to avoid the April snow showers!

26th April 2016

Worked in Warwick today…felt absolutely exhausted when I got home…opted to have a rest!

25th April 2016

Worked from home today, I was pretty well maxed out again….

I did stop for a roller session after work, but after 30 minutes I had enough, just couldn’t get into the zone…

24th April 2016

I thought it would be nice to venture back over the Severn Bridge today, head through the Forest of Dean, carry on North of Gloucester and then turn back South and home…

Unfortunately 75% of the ride was into a headwind and although the start and finish was at the same elevation I am certain there was considerably more climbing than descending!

Simon cycled over on his electric plastic bike and we set off a little earlier than originally planned 😉

We made reasonably good time to Chepstow…stopping to take the obligatory photo’s of the Castle 🙂


The never-ending climb out of Chepstow to St Briavels wasnt to bad, the nightmarish headwind I was expecting didn’t really happen as we were sheltered by the hill, we arrived at Beechenhurst Lodge for a spot of lunch at around 11:30, the sun was out and it felt reasonably warm (when the sun shone, cold when it ventured behind clouds)


After lunch we descended the annoyingly steep access road to Beechenhurst Lodge and then doubled back to climb the annoyingly steep Speech House Road, after far to short a decent we then climbed through Cinderford, then thankfully we turned off of the B roads (That seemed overly busy) and onto the much quieter lanes 🙂

There were some stunning views of the Severn meandering through the countryside (and the hills we would be climbing once we crossed the Severn and headed south)


We followed the cycle paths through Gloucester (Thankfully no longer flooded) and enjoyed a nice quick ride along the flatter roads with a nice tailwind, we reached Saul Junction at around 14:15 and stopped for a spot of Coffee and Cake, we didn’t dally to long although we had done 85 miles we still had at least another 30 to go…

As we reached the bottom of Frocester hill the sun appeared to really warm up, I stopped to remove Hat, Gloves, unzip jacket and roll sleeves up, then we started plodding up the hill, it was quite pleasing that Simon never really got to far ahead (I guess he was feeling a little knackered to).

With Frocester hill complete it was more or less a high-speed downhill with tailwind ride home (save for the Fose Way and few more little lumps that I just managed to sneak in to avoid returning home on the same roads we used to depart).

The Garmin had the ride as

117.0 miles
7:46:18 Moving time
6,194ft Climb

Strava session here…

It’s quite interesting sometimes I get home from a long ride and feel absolutely ravenous, and sometimes I just don’t feel hungry, today is a don’t feel hungry day…

23rd April 2016

Got up early and went for a very chilly (but sunny) morning 40 miles…

The Garmin appeared to work properly after the hard reset (I am assuming the satellite Almanac had become corrupted)

Strava Session here…

22nd April 2016

Worked from home today, I was VERY busy again…

I didn’t have a chance to get out at lunchtime 🙁 I did set the rollers up at 15:30 and had a couple of hours before going back to work!

Strava had the session as…

21st April 2016

Worked from home today, another very busy day 🙁

I did manage to break away for a quick ride at lunchtime (late lunch), the Garmin did not know its place in the world again 🙁 I have subsequently done a hard reset on it, shame as this one has worked well up to now…I will see how it goes tomorrow!

Strava session here…

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