2016 Woking CC Metric Century Challenge

The Woking CC Metric Century Challenge is a monthly challenge that encourages club members to get out and ride their bikes further and more often! The rules are simple enough. Clock up one 100km (or longer) ride each month for 12 months. Virtual rides do not count. The ride can be as fast or as slow or as flat or as hilly or take as long as you like, as long as it’s one single ride completed in one day.

IMG_2005For some this may be a breeze, for others it will be a really tough slog. The idea behind the challenge was that it be accessible to as many club members as possible, getting more people out on their bikes for longer. It’s more about just getting out there every month!

The challenge runs for 12 consecutive months from December the previous year to November in the current year. Why not January to December you ask? It’s so the award badges can be given out at the Club Christmas Party, the number one social event of the year! I’m sad to be missing that for the first time this year…

IMG_2365Where will your 100km journey take you?

Steve H, the club’s Competition Secretary has done a sterling job of keeping the challenge going and promoting it to many more members this year. I’ve recently ticked off my November 100km to complete the dozen, so I’m looking forward to receiving my badge of honour to take pride of place alongside last year’s finishers badge!

Exploring the Tassie tarmac

IMG_1627I’ve been cycling around my little area of Tasmania for a couple of weeks now and really enjoying it. It makes a change from the well trodden UK commute or my usual weekend loops.

The roads are much quieter here than in Surrey or Berkshire. I guess when the entire island has around half the population of Surrey it’s going to be quieter. The blacktop is in much better condition that I was expecting too. The lower traffic count helps as well as the lack of freezing winter damage that many pothole-strewn UK roads suffer from. In fact pothole avoidance has now been replaced by roadkill avoidance!

image1The KOMs come easier with a bit of motorised doping..

There’s some great climbs around here too. I’ve got a couple of good training ascents close by that I’m using to improve my climbing, something I need after being an average speed junkie for so long. I’ve taken average speed off my Garmin screen to get it out of my head and focus on enjoying the hills for a change.

There is of course the 10 mile long HC climb of Mount Wellington on the Hobart side of the bridge, but as there was snow on the top last week I may have to wait until after winter to attack that one.

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I’m yet to find a weekend group ride in the local area, but I have a couple of leads on one that leaves from a point not far from here. I am also missing all those wonderful little cycling cafes dotted around the Surrey Hills back in England.

For all my Northern Hemisphere people out there, I hope you’re enjoying the start of your summer! #keepcycling

image2 (2)Quality post-ride recovery overlooking the bay!

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So I finished 2015 on a respectable 5982 miles. That’s more than last year, which is always a good thing. I wasn’t really keeping an eye on my stats, if I’d known I was so close to hitting 6000 I would have gone for a cheeky spin around the block, haha!

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Happy New Year!

#keepcycling

2015 Metric Century Challenge

Last weekend we had our club Christmas Party and Awards Evening to celebrate the year’s achievements. A fantastic evening and gets better every year. It’s been incredible watching the club grow from a half dozen guys meeting up on a Sunday morning to around 200 members!

12304432_10153677012055609_8344311491950538656_oA dozen elite level Woking CC athletes! (I am second from the left)

One of the club competitions for this year was the Metric Century Challenge, a little incentive I set up to get people out on their bike more often and pushing their limits.

CVfzh8FXIAE8R_WThere were 12 finishers present on the night. Steve (pictured centre with the microphone) took over from me as the club’s Competition Secretary a few months ago and he finished off the collection of ride data and organised the very smart looking finisher’s badges. I think I’m going to have to sew mine onto the back of my club jersey. Bring on 2016!