25th July 2014

Worked from home today :-)

I got up early, got changed and set straight off on a reverse chain gang, there was no wind and it was relatively cool, but it was damn hard work, I felt like I was fighting a headwind on the entire ride! I guess the air must have been quite dense or high pressure and I was fighting against the drag, either that or the run last night wore me out!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.15 mi
Time: 2:13:37
Avg Speed: 18.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 919 ft
Calories: 1,038 C
Avg Temperature: 56.9 °F

Route here…


24th July 2014

Got in from work and it was far to hot and sunny to run with Milo, he was panting sat still!

I decided to have an early evening meal and go for a later run when hopefully it would be a little cooler :-)

So we ate at 6:30 and I went for a run at 7:30…still not cool but not quite as blistering hot.

The Garmin had the run as…

Distance: 3.14 mi
Time: 30:47
Avg Pace: 9:48 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 96 ft
Calories: 402 C

Route here…

We stopped and met wifey at the pub just down the road (The Three Crowns) and had a spot of cider then took a short walk home :-)


23rd July 2014

Worked from home today ;-

I got up early and set off on the reverse chain gang route at 6 am, I had an absolutely stonking ride :-)

Distance: 40.60 mi
Time: 2:04:27
Avg Speed: 19.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 994 ft
Calories: 1,346 C
Avg Temperature: 56.8 °F

Route here…

It felt damn good to be back in the groove again :-)

22nd July 2014

Got in from work, had a cup of tea in the garden, then got changed into running gear and went for a quick run with Milo.

I was concious of how hot and sunny it was and made a point of stopping at a few places along the river to give Milo a chance to have a drink.

The Garmin had the run as….

Distance: 3.34 mi
Time: 33:53
Avg Pace: 10:08 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 110 ft
Calories: 359 C

Route here…

21st July 2014

Night off, played computer games….playing Borderlands 2 again :-)

20th July 2014

On last weeks ride with Russ I cycled past Snowshill Lavender, I didn’t have a chance to take any photo’s or take in the aroma, so I planned a return visit :-)

I plotted a route that took on part of the Poor Student 200k Audax, Windrush Winter Warmup 100k Audax and part of my  Bourton on the Water route, I ended up with a 200K ride from home to Chipping Campden passing the perfectly perfumed Lavender fields at Snowshill :-)



I arrived at Chipping Campden at 10 am and trundled to the Bantam Tea room, only to find the door firmly locked :-( so I turned around and started heading back on to my route feeling a little disappointed, I could have done with a tea and Bacon sarnie.

As I started to get going I spied a sign on the road leading me to Huxleys, rather expensive but the tea and bacon/sausage sarnie was perfect,  and even better there was a garden and I could sit with bike :-)

After a short stop I set off Moreton in Marsh, where I was unfortunately caught up by a guy on a carbon/di2 bike,  he caught me but did not quite pass :-) The road had taken a very level profile and I had a tail wind to boot, it gave me a sudden turn of speed :-) He stayed with me and we chatted to Kingham, where he went on to Chipping Norton and I carried on through the Wychwood’s.

At Asthall I joined the Wyndrush route through the Windrush valley, it is so much nicer during the summer (Why do I only ever cycle through the valley in January?)

I left the Windrush route at Great Barrington and turned south, I stopped at the Crown Inn at Cerney Wick to fill up a water bottle, I took the opportunity to buy a pint of coke and a packet of crisps. It was then a relatively flat ride to teh Foxham Inn, where I bought a celebratory pint of Cider :-)


It was then a nice easy ride home :-)

The Garmin had today’s ride as…

Distance: 124.27 mi
Time: 7:53:28
Avg Speed: 15.7 mph
Elevation Gain: 5,390 ft
Calories: 4,705 C
Avg Temperature: 68.9 °F

Route here…

Today’s ride has to be one of my top routes, the outbound route is a little lumpy, but the Lavender fields and excellent tea stops at Chipping Campden more than make up for it, the ride to Asthall is relatively flat and quick, plus what can be bad about riding through places called Wychwood :-) then to top it all the Windrush Valley in the summer is perfect!

19th July 2014

The weather forecast had rain all day, with a small window of dryness between 9 am and 11 am, so I got ready and set off at just gone 9 :-)

Within a mile I had to stop as my front tyre decided to deflate, I founded an offending sharp stone embedded in the tyre, I swapped the tube, inflated the tyre and set off again, during this minor delay, the weather god’s decided to prove the forecasters wrong and it started raining :-(

The rain continued for 35 of the 40 mile ride, and some of it was darn heavy!

The overnight thunderstorms and heavy rain appeared to be a little to much for the local storm drains as there were multiple floods, some of them darn deep!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.03 mi
Time: 2:25:01
Avg Speed: 16.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 942 ft
Calories: 932 C
Avg Temperature: 60.4 °F

Route here..

I risked waking in to town with wifey and got caught in another downpour :-(

18th July 2014

Worked from home today ;-)

I got up early and did a swift 40 miles before work ;-)

It was really nice, people were actually friendly!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.53 mi
Time: 2:20:57
Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 915 ft
Calories: 963 C
Avg Temperature: 63.2 °F

Route here…

17th July 2014

Woke up reasonably early and had continental breakfast with wifey…

The sun was shining, it was warm and I was full of the joys of spring, so when wifey suggested going on the Emirates Air Line (Cable car across the Thames), I stupidly agreed!


I am terrified of heights, so possibly not the wisest thing I have ever agreed to.


I survived without plunging to my death, or having a major heart malfunction!

We spent the day ambling around, with the occasional, stopping to watch the world go by moment, I started contemplating what a good idea me owning a folding bike would be…

We had lunch in China Town, then spent 1 1/2 struggling across the metropolis to get back to Paddington, we eventually got back home at about 16:00, when I contemplated going out for a bike ride.

Common sense kicked in as it was a) Nearly 30 degrees c, b) I was feeling worn out from walking around the smog.

I ended up taking the dog’s for a nice long walk as the heat of the sun started cooling.


16th July 2014

Took today off work to travel to the smog (London) to see Monty Python Live at the O2, but it wouldn’t have been a day off without a bike ride! So I got up early and did a swift 40 :-)

When I got back home I showered, changed and tidied the kitchen before catching the 10:30 train with wifey to Paddington.

We spent the afternoon exploring and eating/drinking :-)

The Python’s show this evening was excellent, the famous sketches live were fab :-)

Cycling Stats 05/07/14

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
5,680.10 Miles 2014

Rollers/Turbo 2014
83.7 miles 3 Hours 31 Minutes

Running 2014
165.7 miles 27 Hours 24 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 1,974.49
Chain1: 1,044.87
Chain 2: 995.40
Chain 3: 0 *
Chain set: 6,972.49

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4

*Currently fitted chain