28th July 2014

Night off, Played computer games…Borderlands 2 again ;-)

27th July 2014

Simon had said he still wasn’t feeling very well (he has had a Kidney infection for a couple of weeks), so we decided we would do a shorter ride today, we settled on the Windrush Winter Warmup 100K Audax route (67 Miles), a lovely ride through the Windrush valley starting and stopping at Ashton Keynes, neither of us fancied driving to Ashton Keynes so we thought we would cycle over and back (20 miles each way) ;-)

Simon cycled over to my house for  8am and we set off to Ashton Keynes at a nice leisurely pace :-) we made it to the start point in quite a respectable time, then we set off on the ride…I couldn’t resist putting a little bit of effort in :-)

We passed a stranger who had the audacity of hopping on the back, I upped the pace in increments, ensuring Simon was ok, at 27 mph our interloper made a feeble excuse and dropped off :-)

We carried on at a reasonable pace, I spied an open coffee/tea room at Bampton and we stopped for an early refreshment stop, 10:30 and 42 miles done :-) it was a VERY friendly village and we were made very welcome, the locals were actually happy!


We set off towards Stanton Harcourt, still flying along…

We turned back towards Witney and followed the lanes to Burford, all of the normal winter killer climbs had been tamed by the summer sun, we were still cracking along.

We stopped at ‘The Lamb’ in Burford and sat in the enclosed garden for lunch, it was a tadge more exclusive than our normal standard of watering hole, a pint of Coke, bottle of water, Filter Coffee and a Cheese and Onion Sandwich was £19:50! (Thank god Simon picked the tab up!)


Feeling fully replete we carried on along the Windrush valley to…well Windrush, the pace had dropped slightly through the roller-coaster lanes, we climbed back up to the A40, then I got back into ‘the’ groove for a nice quick ride back to Ashton Keynes. We paused for a few moments at the end point, it was about 2pm. There was a VERY good possibility that we could make it back to the Foxham Inn for an Apple Juice or two :-) Simon suggested that he was going to take it easy home…so I set off slowly and gradually increased the pace :-)

We made it to the pub at 14:59 with 100 miles done :-) I had to put a whole load of effort in, as I was taking in my second pint, the muscles on the tops of my legs were burning!

All that was required then was an easy bimble home, and boy did I take it easy!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 106.95 mi
Time: 6:11:40
Avg Speed: 17.3 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,018 ft
Calories: 3,293 C
Avg Temperature: 72.3 °F

Route here…

Although I drove quite a hard pace I was always ensuring Simon was ok…

106 miles not bad for a 67 mile ride :-)

26th July 2014

A couple of weeks ago the club resident car salesman (Simon Kay) sent out invites to a “SKY Ride Like a Pro” event that he was organising at his dealership (H A Fox Jaguar of Cheltenham).

I thought it would be good fun so I registered :-) I am of course the most un-cycling pro person there is :-) I turned up with my Surly Pacer with mudguards, and I wore my “Team Pie” top with sandals :-)


Simon’s route was a tadge lumpy, and as we know hills aren’t my favourite thing!

We all set off en-masse at just gone 10 and I was happily drafting the ‘Team’ car out of Cheltenham, I looked behind and there was nobody there! but alas my ride like a pro at the front of the peleton came to an end at the first hill, I was caught and overtaken, but at least I had the heavy steel bike and mudguards as an excuse :-)

I had a bit of a grumble at a set of temporary traffic lights half way up the hill as half a dozen people decided they didn’t need to stop at the red (That’s another reason why I don’t normally do group rides). We re-grouped at the top and I used my greater mass to full benefit on the descent ;-) then we were straight into the next climb, and it was a corker!

We hadn’t even done 10 miles and we had already climbed over 1000 ft, it looked like it was going to be a long day, especially if we were going to stop and regroup at the top of every hill!

After waiting for a few minutes I decided that I would press on slowly, a few others joined me…then just before Snowshill (Yes I passed the Lavender fields for the 3rd time in 3 weeks), a group fronted by John Carter and Penti K flew past me and climbed up the incline as if it wasn’t there…I just carried on at my own pace :-)

I put a bit of effort in as I past Broadway Tower and descended to Chipping Campden, and it looked like I was going to catch them, but another bleedin’ climb got in the way and I lost sight of them.

I caught up with the team car at 30 miles, just as the lead group were leaving, I stopped and filled my water bottle and had more than a few handfuls of Jelly Babies (It was nearly 1 pm and I was ready for a spot of lunch!)

There were a few more little climbs before I descended back into Cheltenham, then it was a nice fast flat run back to the dealership :-)

It was a fun afternoon out on the bike…Thank you Simon :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 47.66 mi
Time: 3:11:37
Avg Speed: 14.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 4,006 ft
Calories: 2,022 C
Avg Temperature: 75.9 °F

Route here…

I will edit the video tomorrow and hopefully there will be some good stuff and I will upload it :-)

Now I am off to Bristol for a classical concert, no rest for the wicked!


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 :-(

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