21st December 2014

As per usual the evacuated village of Imber in the heart of Salisbury Plain was opened for the Xmas/New Year period on the 17th Dec, and as per usual I am drawn to it like a moth to a light! on top of that today is also the Winter Solstice, and as per last year I felt the desire to see the sunrise on the shortest day, at least the day’s start getting longer again!

So I planned a route that would get me to Avebury for about 8 am (Sunrise was at 8:11), and then on to Imber ;-), it all sort of worked out well as the prevailing wind was a nightmarish headwind outbound and a sort of tail wind back ;-)

The biggest upset of the day was the realisation that the drag of the Day One Alfine is sufficient that I even loose out to Simon going down hill!

Ohh well…

We stopped at the Rising Sun for a we refreshment half way up the Bowden Hill climb, I bet Simon that he wouldn’t be able to keep behind me up the hill, and shock horror he did hang back all the way up!

The Garmin had today’s ride as…

101.03 mi Distance
13.6 mph Avg Speed
3,315 C Calories
7:24:25 Time
5,167 ft Elev Gain
43.8 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

I think that will probably be the last century ride of 2014.

The ride was so much easier than last Sundays hill fest, even with the strong headwind!

20th December 2014

I really struggled to get up this morning ;-(

When I eventually got up and out I headed out on an early solo chain gang route, I was quite preoccupied and time seamed to fly by.

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.56 mi Distance
15.9 mph Avg Speed
1,146 C Calories
2:33:23 Time
961 ft Elev Gain
42.0 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

When I got back home I washed the car, made some Bolognaise for tea, and then spent a few hours cleaning the Day One.

19th December 2014

Worked from home today, I had to drop the car of at the garage this morning I wore my running kit to drop the car off and ran the 2 miles back home, the car was ready to be picked back up mid afternoon, so I donned running kit and took Milo for a drag to pick the car back up ;-)

In both cases the run was quicker than the drive!

The Garmin had the two runs as…

2.18 mi Distance
8:48 min/mi Avg Pace
172 C Calories
19:11 Time
64 ft Elev Gain

Route here…


2.21 mi Distance
9:35 min/mi Avg Pace
252 C Calories
21:08 Time
119 ft Elev Gain

Route here…

18th December 2014

Worked from home today, I was going to go out for a ride late afternoon, but when I looked outside it was raining and howling a gale ;-(

I opted to stay inside!

This evening was indoors film watching with the family ;-)


17th December 2014

I had to work in Milton Keynes today, I also had to be there before 9am, so I left home at just after 5:30 am ;-(

I did manage to get away just after 1 pm and was home at 3pm, unfortunately I had some work to do ;-(

I did however venture out on the bike for a ride at 5pm, it was very unseasonably warm!

The Garmin had the ride as…

21.40 mi Distance
15.9 mph Avg Speed
656 C Calories
1:21:01 Time
338 ft Elev Gain
49.9 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

16th December 2014

I felt very tired when I got in from work, daughter had cooked the evening meal and had it prepared and ready when I walked in the door…

This was bad ;-( I had no unwind time and I couldn’t go out for a run with a full stomach ;-(

Oh well at least I will have plenty of cycling time over the next few weeks ;-)

15th December 2014

Night off, played computer games ;-)

14th December 2014

Today I thought I would re-attempt the Cheddar version 3 route, I did try it about two month’s ago, and the headwind on the day made me wimp out after the Wookey Hole climb and I didn’t bother descending down into Cheddar and back out.

The ride is hilly, the ride is VERY hilly, so what on earth possessed me to take the heaviest bike I own, and repeat the attempt on a bleeding cold day cycling into a headwind?

Simon cycled over and we set off at 8am, it was warmer than yesterday, but still darn cold! we set off on the planned route and as we headed towards Easton (about 2 miles from home), it was very apparent that some of the water on the road was solid, a quick crisis meeting was held and we decided to modify the route to head straight to Bath on the A4, and see how things went from there..

At Bathford, thing felt noticeably warmer and any road dampness looked non frozen, so we reverted back to the planned route, and the climbing began!

I had warned Simon it was a hilly route, I don’t think he quite believed me, its not just lumpy but steep lumpy! I had also explained the flattest bit of the ride was the home stretch between Chew and Saltford, this is actually an irritating undulating route, but in relation to the rest of the ride it can be considered flat!

This ride can also be considered bloody depressing, I would normally like to achieve 40-50 miles by 11am when setting off at 8 am, but we only just reached Wells (40 miles) at around 11 am ;-( It was a damn hard slog, but at least all of the climbing kept me warm :-)

After Well we headed to Wookey Hole and then climbed ‘The’ Hill, far steeper and daunting than the famous Cheddar Gorge climb! at the top I had a severe case of can’t be arsed so didn’t descend down into Cheddar (again!)


We cut straight across to Chew, where we stopped for lunch…I had a Cheese and Onion Sandwich and a Cream Tea, Simon had some bird seed and a Coffee! at 1pm we set off on the 32 or so miles home, I must admit I could have done with calling it a day at that point, but I had to get home somehow!

The climbs were a little less relentless and the ride was a little more rolling, we descended into Saltford and joined the Bristol – Bath cycle path into Bath, it was much busier than usual and most of the people walking across the road didn’t bother looking first…its a good job I have a pretty loud and startling voice :-)

At Batheaston we continued following ‘the’ route, up Bannerdown through Colerne and descended into Ford, the biggest shock of the entire ride was the ascent of Slaughterford Hill, they have finally resurfaced it! it has completely changed the climb!

The Garmin had the ride as…

85.10 mi Distance
12.0 mph Avg Speed
3,246 C Calories
7:06:39 Time
6,243 ft Elev Gain
42.4 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

Next time I will take a lighter bike and WILL complete the ride as planned!

I definitely won’t be doing this version of the Cheddar ride on New Years day!

13th December 2014

Today was David’s (David Else) annual Birthday ride, and as per normal it was damn cold!

I set of from home at 8:30 and it was -1 deg C, I was in two minds whether to go or not, I didn’t fancy sliding down the road on my butt! I headed to David’s house via main roads, it was cold, but there was no ice.

We all set off later and on a different route than originally planned, it was a very wise idea, where the road was damp and in shade it had a slippery sheen.

I stopped just before Brinkworth to water the horses, and then played catchup, they where in my sights at Dauntsey, and I encountered the only icy road of the day, thankfully I stayed upright ;-)

I caught up with them, then got dropped at Scotland Hill, David loitered for me and we completed the ride back to Yatton Keynell.

The Garmin had the ride as…

58.46 mi Distance
16.1 mph Avg Speed
2,356 C Calories
3:38:33 Time
2,169 ft Elev Gain
38.0 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

12th December 2014

Worked from home today ;-)

I forced myself out in to the cold at lunch time for a wee cycle ride, it was freezing cold and some of the roads were flooded!

The Garmin had the ride as…

21.43 mi Distance
15.7 mph Avg Speed
683 C Calories
1:21:58 Time
348 ft Elev Gain
43.2 °F Avg Temp

Route here…

Ohhh and I have finally found out what the Archimedes Screw is at Dauntsy Park House…

To quote the Dauntsey Park House website it is “a 5 tonnes Archimedean screw was installed in the Autumn 2010 and is now producing 45Mwh of electricity”

Finding that out made today’s ride thoroughly worth while ;-)

Cycling Stats 15/11/14

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
9,787.60 Miles 2014

Rollers/Turbo 2014
83.7 miles 3 Hours 31 Minutes

Running 2014
262.7 miles 42 Hours 40 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 2,801.19
Chain 1: 1,044.87
Chain 2: 995.40
Chain 3: 826.70 *
Chain set: 7,799.19

Genesis Equilibrium
Chain 1: 1,121.20
Chain 2: 0*

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4
Chain/Cassette: 756.70

*Currently fitted chain