29th October 2014

Got in from work, got changed and took Milo out for a run.

It was very damp and very dark!

3.10 mi              Distance
9:53 min/mi    Avg Pace
384 C                Calories
30:36                Time
131 ft                 Elev Gain
Route here…

28th October 2014

I worked from home today, the weather forecast was for a fine and dry lunchtime, so I decided to go out for a lunch ride ;-)

The weather was stunning! I went out in shorts and short sleeve top with a gilet and I was overheating!


If only the weather would stay like this, I wouldn’t complain :-)

As I was cycling mid day I couldn’t do big distance, so I decided to do a shorter but hillier ride ;-)

I headed straight up Bencroft Hill, down Wick Hill, up Charlcutt, down Lyneham Banks then battled a headwind home ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as….

22.74 mi    Distance
14.8 mph   Avg Speed
673 C          Calories
1:32:01       Time
968 ft         Elev Gain
64.7 °F       Avg Temp

Route here…

27th October 2014

Night off, played computer games ;-)

26th October 2014

Today was my annual pilgrimage to Bovey Tracey for the Dartmoor Devil  Audax (Well actually we travelled there yesterday and stopped over night).

I dressed in a fashion becoming the Dartmoor Devil ;-)


This year I also added some dressing to the bike as well ;-)


With the first wave of 100 cyclist off at 8am I was in the second wave at 9am (It gave me chance to eat some breakfast and faff)


It was soooo much warmer and drier than previous years, I didn’t fear for my life on any of the little lanes ;-) (except that is for the cars, they all appeared to be going faster than previous years, I expect it was also due to the better conditions)


The Dartmoor Devil is only 100k (65 miles) but there is absolutely no flat anywhere in it, and ALL the climbs are steep and some are long, the 65 miles climbs 8,500 ft (If we can trust Garmin).

But the scenery is stunning ;-)


And even the sun came out to play



This years route was one that I have done before, it sets of from Bovey and as per usual climbs straight up Hind Street (About 16% gradient), it was then a roller coaster ride to Islington (Information Control), then up and down to Cross Furzes for the second control.

The next section was yet another roller coaster ride to Chagford and lunch at the Globe Inn (Free vegetable soup and crusty roll) 35 miles done and over half way, however the elevation profile meant it had taken 3 hours to get here!

The next section was to Princetown, not only was there plenty of climb, but it was 10 miles of headwind across open moorland!

I stopped at Princetown for a bottle of coke, chocolate slice and a banana, then I set off with a full on tailwind ;-)


Things flew along until the grinding slog of Dartmeet! with that little lump cleared I had it in my little head that there was only one more climb (Widecombe in the Moor), unfortunately I had forgotten the incredibly sleep and sapping Ponsworthy!

With Ponsworthy slowly traversed I started on Widecombe, ohh how I forget how bloody sapping it is! It just keeps on going at a slightly steeper gradient than is comfortable, but there was NO way I was going to stop on ANY of the hills so I just carried on, grinding away slowly!

I took a rear facing photo (whilst still moving) at the top, it really does not do it justice!


With Widecombe conquered, all that was left was the 5 miles to the finish at The Kestor Inn at Manaton, thankfully there was more down than up!

The Garmin had the ride as…

65.92 mi       Distance
12.1 mph      Avg Speed
4,672 C         Calories
5:28:02        Time
8,488 ft        Elev Gain
53.6 °F          Avg Temp

Route here…


25th October 2014

Today was my Birthday 😄

I got up early and headed out on the chain gang route and added a few to match my age.

When I got back home I had a smashing cooked breakfast, we packed the car and set off to Dartmoor for tomorrows wee bike ride.

24th October 2014

Worked from home today ;-) I got up early and headed out on the bike at 6am for my normal 40.

It was dark until 7:30, but it was warm and the forecast rain did not make an appearance :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

40.12 mi       Distance
15.4 mph      Avg Speed
1,108 C          Calories
2:35:56         Time
945 ft            Elev Gain
50.6 °F         Avg Temp

Route here…

It was damn hard work again!


23rd October 2014

Night off, went out for a family meal ;-)

22nd October 2014

Got in from work, got changed and went out for a wee bike ride ;-)

It was really quite fun, I was rather lit up like a Christmas tree, Monkey light on the back wheel, uber bright Magicshine on the front and a bright Lezine back light ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

20.74 mi     Distance
17.2 mph    Avg Speed
746 C          Calories
1:12:20       Time
348 ft          Elev Gain
49.4 °F       Avg Temp

Route here…

21st October 2014

Worked from home today, I was avoiding commuting in the gale force winds!

I opted to not risk life and limb cycling, I had contemplated using the rollers this evening, but as I have had a back ache for the last couple of day’s I have decided to rest up a little!


20th October 2014

Night off, played computer games… Tonight it was Borderlands: The pre-sequel ;-)

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