30th September 2014

Got in from work, faffed for a while with computers and ‘stuff’, I eventually got changed and took Milo for a run…

Distance: 3.45 mi
Time: 34:06
Avg Pace: 9:53 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 111 ft
Calories: 486 C

Route here…

It was damn hard work! I realised I haven’t been running for well over a week, it is amazing what a difference a week or more off running makes.

29th September 2014

Night off, played computer games 😄

28th September 2014

Travelled all day from Caen back to Chippenham, it was much harder work than cycling!

We set off from the hotel at Caen 10 am and arrived at Calais at 4pm and sailed back to Dover at 5:15pm.

We unloaded bikes and luggage from the coach and loaded bikes into a van , and some luggage into a Jag, and travelled back to Swindon, where wifey met me and swapped my kit/bike into our car and I drove home, arriving at about 10 pm.

27th September 2014

It was another gorgeous sunny day in Normandy 😄
After a typically unsatisfying continental breakfast, the day started with a coach trip to Pegasus Bridge and a tour of the museum, it was both thought provoking and heart wrenching. We then traveled to a nearby war cemetery…
Then another coach trip to see the Mulberry Harbours and a spot of lunch 😄

Then back on the coach and a tasting and buying session at a Cider farm 😄

We got back to the hotel at 5:30 and the sun was still shining, I decided to go for a quick evening ride to catch the last of the sun along the shoreline, everybody else went of for a meal and drinks, I have almost completely socialised myself out over the past three days,although I have clearly been cycling mainly by myself 😄

26th September 2014

Perfect conditions for a wee bike ride from Rouen to Caen (100 miles)

Cycling past the Normandy landing beaches and across Pegasus Bridge was quite awe inspiring.

I would like to fit in a bike ride tomorrow, but I am not sure that time will allow ;-(

Distance: 100.63 mi
Time: 6:27:47
Avg Speed: 15.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 2,861 ft
Calories: 6,944 C
Avg Temperature: 61.9 °F

Route here…

Thxs for a good route Rafe ;-)

It was damn nice just to get out and ride ;-)

25th September 2014

Nice little ride from Le Touquet to Rouen (102 miles), a wee bit chilly to start with, but it warmed up nicely..a shame about the swirling winds…nice when it was a tail wind, pain when it was a head wind!

24st September 2014

Short ride today (44 miles) from Calais to Le Touquet.

It turned out to be a long day for a short ride, up at 7, breakfast at 8. Dover docks at 9…wait…wait..wait, 12pm ferry. Set off at about 3:30 arrive  at 6.

23rd September 2014

Worked from home today, I didn’t make it out for a bike ride, and I wont be later on either!

I did manage to fettle the Giant in preparation for the next couple of day’s ;-)

I am heading to Dover tonight and Calais tomorrow morning then cycling with O2E to Caen over the next couple of day’s ;-)

It should be fun ;-)


22nd September 2014

Night off, played computer games ;-)

21st September 2014

I had planned a nice little ride to Cholderton and Stonehenge, but on my way to Simon’s gaffe I thought it would be nice to head to Avebury Stonecircle first, then on to Cholderton farm shop for a spot of tea, the Stonehenge to  absorb all of the culture we could get ;-)

I set off from home 7:30 and arrived at Calne for just before 8, Simon finished faffing and off we set to Avebury..

It did involve a little bit of rough track, much to Simon’s displeasure…


We stopped at the Avebury stones, and I grabbed a random passer by to take a photo of us ;-)


We rejoined my planned route, south of Woodborough and enjoyed a VERY helpful tailwind all the way to Bulford, followed by a VERY unhelpful cross/side wind to Tidworth.

I had very little choice about roads on today’s wee jaunt, I wanted to go to the farm shop/cafe at Colderton so had to traverse the A338 for a few miles, but the farm shop cafe was worth it :-)




From Cholderton we continued along the A338 to Porton, where we turned and headed to Amesbury (Unfortunately it meant more A roads), we had a short respite from cars along the Stonehenge road, then diced with death for a VERY short stretch of A303 (Fortunately its a very slow stretch for cars and they are normally stationary :-)

I was sort of hoping that the new path along the side of Stonehenge would have been made bike friendly, but alas it is a very rough grass track, and it is damn hard work on a road bike!

We stopped and took a few photies (No random passer by this time)…




We continued along (The now traffic free – except buses) old road to the Stonehenge visitors centre, It was Simon’s turn for refreshments, and this time I had posh cola ;-)


We set off again and headed to Warminster, it wasn’t as easy a ride as the outbound trip but it wasn’t as bad as I has expected!

From Warminster we headed to Westbury and then up the little hill to Bratton Camp (Westbury White Horse), I laid the challenge, Winner buys the Ice Cream, there was very little risk of me having to spend money ;-)


Simon couldn’t resist racing up the hill and so bought the Ice Cream ;-)


As we had done a few extra miles on the outbound leg, we decided to modify the home bound route, we headed straight to Melksham and along Forest Lane to Lacock, I stopped for a wee Apple juice at the rising sun on Bowden Hill ;-) Simon decided he needed to catch up with my mileage and didn’t grace me with his company.


After the Apple juice I headed straight home…

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 100.88 mi
Time: 6:22:24
Avg Speed: 15.8 mph
Elevation Gain: 5,177 ft
Calories: 3,815 C
Avg Temperature: 58.8 °F

Route here…

There was an occasional autumnal chill in the air, but in the main it was a gorgeously sunny day ;-) it is a shame that there is absolutely no way of reducing the amount of main roads from the route ;-(

When I got back home I got straight into washing the car, then I shower/changed and hoovered the car.



Cycling Stats 21/09/14

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
8,269.60 Miles 2014

Rollers/Turbo 2014
83.7 miles 3 Hours 31 Minutes

Running 2014
232.8 miles 37 Hours 57 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 2,657.69
Chain1: 1,044.87
Chain 2: 995.40
Chain 3: 683.20 *
Chain set: 7,655.69

Genesis Equilibrium

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 405.50

*Currently fitted chain