15th April 2014

Worked in Milton Keynes today, as per usual I took a bike to go for a lunchtime ride, unusually Ray decided to go for a ride to!

It didn’t seem too unreasonable to me to try and catch Ray up on his shorter route ;-) Jim and myself were on a 14 mile loop and Ray was on a 10 (well I thought 10, but he cheated and did 9).

We all set off together, Jim hanging on to my back wheel and Ray disappearing off behind us, at the top of Cranfield (5 miles in) we were 50 seconds of the 20 mph pace I was driving for so I put a bit more effort in ;-)

At the 10 mile point we had 15 seconds spare :-)

Jim started to drop off the back, I pulled over and stopped to wait for him to catch up at Salford, I was expecting to catch Ray up at the Golf Course…but there was no sign of him.

We arrived back at the start with a comfortable 20mph average, not too shabby considering we were held up at a couple of junctions ;-)

It turns out Ray put a bit of effort in to avoid being caught so it was a win win situation, we drove hard to catch him and he drove hard to avoid ;-) I WILL get him next time!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 13.54 mi
Time: 40:22
Avg Speed: 20.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 282 ft
Calories: 585 C
Avg Temperature: 59.3 °F

Route here…

I am rendering a video now, I will upload it in the morning ;-)

When I got back home, it was still sunny and warm (Shocking as it was already 6:30 pm!)so I got changed into running gear and took Milo out for a swift 5k :-)

The Garmin had the run as…

Distance: 3.48 mi
Time: 32:55
Avg Pace: 9:27 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 118 ft
Calories: 452 C

Route here…

14th April 2014

Night off, played computer games ;-)

I did render another video from Sunday, this time a descent of the Bwlch ;-)

13th April 2014

Loaded my Surly, Gary’s Cannondale Bad Boy and Simon’s Plastic Specialised S works thing on to the bike carrier and set off to Pencoed at 7:15 am ish.

We arrived at the free car park at about 8:30 and set off on a wee 120 mile ride around the mountains :-)

The sun was out and it was relatively warm (Providing you weren’t in the wind or descending a mountain)


We made quite good time to the first climb – The Black Mountain, Simon and Gary raced on ahead whilst I enjoyed the scenery at more of a touring pace;-)





Once over the top the descent was stunning :-)

We turned right at the bottom of the hill, with the expectation of stopping at the Red Kite centre for a spot of lunch, perfect timing 12 o’clock and 52 miles done, as we got to the centre it was all boarded up, another victim of the recession it would appear ;-( We had no choice but to carry on for an unknown length of time and more tough climbs.


Finally at 72 miles we passed a pub at Defynnog, we held it in reserve as just around the corner there was a nice little tea room – the operative word was, it is now closed and boarded up, so we returned to the pub (The Tanners Arms).

Unfortunately they were only doing Sunday Roasts, but we could order starters! so I ordered Leak and Potato soup all round and a pint of coke  and a pint of Cider ;-) we sat outside and ate, enjoying the sun (It was a bit cool!)

After playing a little joke on Simon (we hid around the corner when he went in to the toilet, giving him the idea we had left), we set off up the hill on our way to the Devils Elbow.


It was as usual a stiff climb to the top, bit the views at the top are worth while ;-)



We rejoined civilisation (well major roads with lots of speeding boy racers and motorbikes) and climbed the Rhigos, Simon and Gary once more decided to race up it! I took it at my pace!

Gary bought me an ice cream at the top and we froze in the chilly wind at the top of the mountain.

After a nice quick descent we set in to the days penultimate BIG climb, the Bwlch, this time Gary stayed with me and Simon didn’t get that far ahead (either they were both tiring or I was getting faster).

The Bwlch descent was almost as thrilling as the Black Mountain, but it was starting to get far to cold!

At Blackmill we did my sadistic left turn and returned back to Pencoed via the High Moor road, a tough enough climb on fresh legs but after 115 miles – a real test of stupidity!

The Garmin had today’s ride as…

Distance: 118.80 mi
Time: 8:44:59
Avg Speed: 13.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 11,299 ft
Calories: 4,880 C
Avg Temperature: 56.6 °F

Route here…

12th April 2014

Got up earlyish, but later than normal – due to yet another late night ;-( I got changed into cycle kit and took the newly ‘fettled’ Surly out for a solo chain gang route ride. I got about two feet and adjusted the new Brooks seat angle, I had it a bit to much pointy down and was sliding of the front.

With the seat adjusted I set off with purpose, and wow the Surly does go well ;-)

I stopped for a pit stop at 20 miles, and took a few more pictures, I am sure Paul will be happier with the seat angle now ;-)



I found the saddle a wee bit hard to start off with but after 20 miles or so I simply started to ignore it! it will be interesting to see if it gives me any gyp on tomorrows longer ride.

I followed the complete chain gang route again today, this time it was recorded at the correct length :-)

Distance: 43.36 mi
Time: 2:19:59
Avg Speed: 18.6 mph
Elevation Gain: 1,066 ft
Calories: 1,403 C
Avg Temperature: 48.1 °F

Route here…

After a quick shower/change I cooked Spag Bol for tea, wandered in to town with wifey n dogs to buy stuff and get a much needed haircut, then spent a quality afternoon cleaning/polishing the van, the chrome is nice but by god does it take some polishing!

11th April 2014

Worked from home today, I had a pretty late night last night, so when the alarm went off at 6am I just couldn’t face getting up for a cycle ride, so I rolled over and went back to sleep ;-)

The sun was out all morning and by lunchtime it was nice and warm out, so I took the opportunity of going for a quick lunchtime ride :-)


It was nice to ride in summer kit and not feel any chills :-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 24.57 mi
Time: 1:25:29
Avg Speed: 17.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 598 ft
Calories: 697 C
Avg Temperature: 59.9 °F

Route here…

I had some new bike bits and bob’s arrive today ;-)

So after work I settled in to a bit of tinkering..

I replaced the standard Shimano Hollotech II Bottom Bracket with a nice new Hope Stainless Steel maintainable version.


I also took the plunge and ordered a Brooks B17 (Narrow)…


And fitted it in place of the Charge Spoon.


All I need now is a beard and a pipe ;-)


I do hope the saddle is worth it!


10th April 2014

Got in from work, got changed and took Milo for a run, we decided on a slightly different route ;-)

The Garmin had the run as….

Distance: 4.77 mi
Time: 48:37
Avg Pace: 10:11 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 109 ft
Calories: 635 C

Route here…

It felt a lot quicker and easier tonight ;-)

9th April 2014

Worked from home today ;-)

I woke up early and got out on the bike for 6:30am, the sun was making a very pleasant appearance ;-)

It was quite hard going on the outbound leg, so I was quite pleased to get back home before 9am ;-)

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 40.53 mi
Time: 2:23:03
Avg Speed: 17.0 mph
Elevation Gain: 745 ft
Calories: 2,802 C
Avg Temperature: 41.5 °F

Route here…

I spent a few moments this evening re-rendering the MK video from Tuesday, it worked properly this time!

8th April 2014

Got in from work, got changed into running gear and set off with Milo, the sun was out, it was relatively warm and I got a bit carried away!

The Garmin had the run as…

Distance: 7.08 mi
Time: 1:08:13
Avg Pace: 9:38 min/mi
Elevation Gain: 165 ft
Calories: 926 C

Route here…

7th April 2014

Worked in Milton Keynes today, as per usual I took a bike with me and went for a lunchtime ride.

I felt like an elite pro racer on the outbound leg, probably more to do with the healthy tailwind rather than my ability, I certainly paid for it on the home bound stretch where I was fighting into a headwind the whole way!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 14.01 mi
Time: 48:22
Avg Speed: 17.4 mph
Elevation Gain: 323 ft
Calories: 482 C
Avg Temperature: 55.1 °F

Route here…

6th April 2014

Rafe invited me to ride with him and some of his friends (Andy, Mike and Gary + loads more who wimped out because the weather forecast said rain) to Chepstow and back, I in turn invited Simon ;-)

Simon arrived at my house for 8:30 and we ambled over to the other side of Chippenham, where I experienced the Mountain Bike faffe ritual first hand, we all appeared to be ready to go, but nobody actually got going!

When we did get going I set off with purpose, and found I had to regulate my pace down a bit,  Simon ended up hanging back with Rafe and Gary, I held a higher pace with Andy and Mike, and we regrouped every few miles ;-)

We all arrived at Chepstow in one piece and enjoyed some refreshments at the Coffee#1, Rafe insisted we sat out in the freezing cold! (These MTB people are hardy!)



Mind you it did mean we could keep an eye on the bikes ;-)


After what seemed like hours (and probably was) we were ready to go, Gary, Rafe , Simon and Andy all decided to have another drink….I learnt about the MTB circle of faffe.

Eventually we set off back over the Severn Bridge.

Climbed through Thornbury and over the Somerset Monument for the second time in a week! (interestingly I found it no harder on the Giant double chain-set with 28 cassette than I did on the Surly Compact with 32 cassette).

From Monument Hill we headed to Luckington and Yatton Keynell, where the promised rain finally started to fall, I also developed a splitting headache so decided to high tail it straight home and sit in a quiet dark room for an hour or two!

The Garmin had the ride as…

Distance: 74.62 mi
Time: 4:41:55
Avg Speed: 15.9 mph
Elevation Gain: 3,117 ft
Calories: 2,749 C
Avg Temperature: 54.4 °F

Route here…

It was a jolly nice ride with some nice friendly people ;-)

Cycling Stats

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
2,960.24 Miles 2014

Rollers/Turbo 2014
83.7 miles 3 Hours 31 Minutes

Running 2014
79 miles 13 Hours 33 Minutes

Miles on
Surly Pacer
Cassette: 587.61
Chain1: 587.61*
Chain 2: 0
Chain 3: 0
Chain set: 5,585.83

Genesis Croix De Fer
Cassette: 271.57
Chain: 271.57*

Genesis Day One

Giant SCR4

*Currently fitted chain