23rd April 2018

Winter was back today, so I took the New Carbon toy was put back to bed, the Equilibrium Disk came out to play πŸ™‚

It was a damn hard ride back home into a brutal headwind…

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
01:12:32 01:11:04 21.52 18.17 27.51 403.54
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

I spent the evening (yes the whole damn evening) sorting out the tubeless wheels/tyres, this is my last attempt with them, any issues this year and I will get the rims replaced for non-tubeless ready, so I can fit tyres of my choice!

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22nd April 2018

During the week a Facebook memory from 3 years ago popped up…An ascent of Gold Hill in Shaftesbury (Made famous by the Hovis Advert)

So a plan was hatched to revisit Gold Hill πŸ™‚

Simon met me at 8:15 and off we went..via an uppy, downy route passing through Corsham, Bradford on Avon, Longleat, and stopped for a cuppa at Stourbridge.



After a nice relaxing sit in the Sun, we pressed on to Gillingham, then Shaftesbury, for the main event πŸ™‚

We had planned to stop at “The Salt Cellar”, at the top of the Hill, but it was closed πŸ™ so we went to “King Alfreds Kitchen” on the high street, I stuffed myself with a cream tea πŸ™‚

The ride back was MUCH quicker than the ride down (I suspect a healthy tailwind may have helped!)

I stopped for a well earned Ice Cream on top of Westbury White Horse Hill.


And Half way up Bowden Hill I had a sudden yearning for a pint of Cider πŸ™‚

And it would have been rude not to snap a picture of bike with Blue Bells at the top πŸ™‚

So today’s ride was a healthy 103 miles with a few ups and downs πŸ™‚

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
08:21:48 06:47:38 103.17 15.19 40.26 5,918.64
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

Unfortunately my nice shiny new bike got dirty πŸ™ so before I got cleaned, I cleaned it….It’s now shiny and clean again πŸ™‚

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21st April 2018

Up early and met up with Jim for the first lap of the Chain Gang route….

Averaged a rather nice 21.1 mph for 40 miles πŸ™‚

I stopped at Jim’s for a rather pleasant cup of coffee and sat in the lovely warm sun, then set off for my second lap (solo this time), I got stuck behind some slow moving vehicles and a bit of a wind (breeze) had picked up so second lap was not quite as quick, but I mustn’t grumble 81 miles at 20 mph is not to be sniffed at πŸ™‚

Mind you I do think the bike helps!

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
04:47:13 04:02:39 81.07 20.05 31.76 1,971.78
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

I spent the afternoon chilaxing in the garden πŸ™‚

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20th April 2018

Worked from home today…

As I didn’t stop at lunchtime, I finished early and went for a longer ride in the late afternoon sun, It was actually the warmest part of the day πŸ™‚

I took the summer bike out and gave it a proper thrashing :-), slow town traffic for the first few miles held me up, but hay, ho…

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
02:00:32 01:59:26 40.47 20.33 32.44 1,059.71
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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19th April 2018

Worked in Warwick today, it was a perfect sunny day πŸ™‚

I decided to try a different route and extend the millage a little, it sort of worked out ok, one or two roads a little busier than I would like, but I was out in the countryside pretty quickly πŸ™‚

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
01:15:16 01:11:56 19.85 16.55 28.63 839.90
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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18th April 2018

Worked from home today…

It was sunny, warm, clear blue skies and generally awesome!

I took the summer bike out for a nice quick lunchtime spin πŸ™‚

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
01:20:34 01:20:34 27.85 20.74 34.22 606.96
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

We had lovely BBQ in the garden for evening meal, then I took the Croix de Fer out for a spin to charge up the Cache battery for the B&M USB-Werk.

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
00:37:34 00:36:11 8.63 14.31 27.29 262.47
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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17th April 2018

Worked from home today…

The weather was miserable, so I set the rollers up and had an hour indoors after work….

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
00:54:07 00:54:07 20.07 22.25 37.13 492.13
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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16th April 2018

Worked in Milton Keynes today…

I took the folding bike and went for a lunchtime spin with Mick..

It was damn windy!

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
01:06:49 00:52:14 14.27 16.39 24.83 351.05
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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15th April 2018

On call again today, so could not venture to far from home…

I decided to join the club leisure ride…..Only the pace was a little slow, so I didn’t hang around!

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
03:44:33 03:05:33 53.95 17.45 43.40 1,381.23
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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14th April 2018

On call this weekend, so could not venture too far πŸ™

I decided to do a repeat of last weeks ‘double’ chain gang, this week I did actually manage to meet up with the cycle club as they started…

The pace was pretty darn quick, they were all out on summer bikes, I was on the Equilibrium Disk.

At 75 miles I decided to drop off the back and continue at a slightly more sensible pace (I had been averaging over 18 mph for 75 miles)

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
04:39:59 04:31:10 82.92 18.35 32.21 2,188.32
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.

When I got back home I showered and changed, then went out for doggy walkies and lunch (out in the sun)

After a nice walk home I washed the car, gave the grass its first cut of the year, polished the car….

Then the nice warm sun was just too much for me….so I took the summer bike out for a spin πŸ™‚ It’s NOT all about the bike, but boy oh boy does it feel fast!

I was averaging over 20 mph, until I got into town traffic…

Strava session here…

Elapsed Time Moving Time Distance Average Speed Max Speed Elevation Gain
01:11:54 01:11:22 23.54 19.79 32.21 377.30
hours hours mi. mph mph ft.
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