Sunday, 20 August 2017

dinner date

ride 56
29 miles
total 1218

Pivot 24-12

Pivot 24:12 report,
I have to say my laps were horrific, but at the same time it was the best riding experience I've had in all the endurance races I've done. I had gear issues like so many others and i lost count of how many riders & spectators how helped or offered help. There were no egos out on the course, everyone was in it together & supporting one another, i felt euphoric at the end of my stint & the sense of achievement at surviving was emmense. Martyn Salt and his team must be under so much pressure when conditions are like this but of course nothing they can do about the weather.
Great weekend despite everything.
Big thanks to Judy & Roy for the hospitality & it was great to make new friends in Martijn & Jolien.
Thanks to Bruce for the essential mudhuggers, Graham for the amazing Henderson frame & Kevin for my forks, that upside down design meant no clogging issues thst many others faced.
Now for coffee and the long drive home

ride 55
9 miles
total 1189

back home

ride 54
6 miles
total 1180

Scotland part 2

ride 53
30 miles
total 1174

little Scottish jaunt

ride 52
11 miles
total 1144


ride 51
14 miles
total 1133

Friday, 7 July 2017

50 on 50

My 50th non commuting ride of the year coincides with riding 50 miles. Russ and I had a middle aged 29er boys adventure to the capital of the NWAlps and back.
It started off scorchingly hot but cloud cover came in during our breakfast stop at Diglis and although the temperature didn't drop much it was a relief not to be in direct sunlight.
we saw many sights, a rescued mobility scooter being fished out of the basin, not sure if the owner was next to be raised, 3 pink ladies with triple push chairs looking harassed, innumerable Heron looking stately, lots of runners, a bird of prey/seagull, rabbits both flat and running an seemingly abandoned mobility scooter (a day for these seemingly) with a "thanks for your concern but I've gone fishing" sign in it's basket. a fallen old lady ( rescued but not by us) and the "i've got a cannondale" girl.
we had bacon, beer and cake. i've gained a sore hamstring and Russ got tingly stinger fingers. All in all a grand day out! 
ride 50
50 miles
total 1119

a little Warwickshire adventure

on the "gravel bike, with snacks, beer and ice cream :-)
ride 43
64 miles
total 958

Tuesday night is Bro night

the woods seemed packed with men, some in hammocks strung between two trees, some cuddling on picnic blankets. it all seemed very enlightened and 21st century. bit random that they had all decided the ridge was the best place for some privacy though. we soon shattered that by riding through their little pleasure spots and scaring the Bejeesus out of them!
ride 49
12 miles
total 1069

I'll just do a short ride after work...

25 fat bike  miles later (fat bike miles are worth 3 x road bike miles.FACT) and i was a bit broken afer riding to work and back too. fun though
ride 48
25 miles
total 1057