Some evenings are just too good to spend on the trainer!

Some moments are just too good to waste on the trainer. My plan for the evening was to get home from work and jump on Zwift for an hour’s sweetspot session, but perfect weather (combined with an internet outage, hehehe) convinced me to unshackle myself from the trainer and head outdoors for some magically mellow miles.

A quick photo stop on the jetty to capture a perfect late summer evening…

I took my trusty time trial bike out for a spin as I need to clock up some more time in that position. Well, what a fantastic evening for it! I wasn’t pushing super hard or staring at my Garmin stats, just enjoying the fresh sea air, but I still managed to pick up some Strava PRs (including a couple of Top 5 times). Some days, there’s just no better way to spend and evening than outside on two wheels. #moremilesmoresmiles

* Photo critique: Yeah I know, I didn’t remove my light, saddle bag or water bottle and also forgot to line up valve stems properly. At least it’s in the big ring! ;-)

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…

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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!

Daylight Saving!

How is it October already?!?! It’s been a big 2016 of changes for me and this year seems to have flown by at rocket ship pace. It feels like only last week I was cycle commuting through Surrey in minus 5 degree C winter darkness. It’s about time I got some summer.

Daylight savings kicked in here in the south today. The clocks went forward an hour overnight so that means those long summer evenings are on their way. Hopefully there’ll be plenty of opportunities for an after-work cycle or two. It’s definitely time to build up those miles again!

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Oh and a big shout out to my girl Elz (The Lonely Cyclist) who had a big off on the road last week. Rest up, heal quick and see you back on two wheels soon!

Checking off another of Hobart’s Top 10 Climbs

Before moving to Tassie I did a bit of research on the road cycling scene out here and came across a list of Hobart’s Top 10 Road Climbs on Marc Durdin’s website. It details ten of the best road cycling climbs in the Hobart surrounds, starting with a couple of Cat 4 lumps and moving right through to the numero uno, the big daddy 11-mile Hors Catégorie rated climb of Mount Wellington.

IMG_2392My post-ride face of exhaustion!

Today I rode over the bridge into Hobart to check another one off the list. I first spotted Nelson Road’s unmistakable hairpin bends on Google Earth, the snaking switchbacks marking it out as a must-ride road before I’d even hit Tasmanian soil.

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nelsonThe multiple hairpin corners of Nelson Road were worth the ride over.

It’s a fairly lumpy ride out to Hobart from my place so it’s important to take it  little easy, then once you’re through Hobart city it’s straight up the hill, turn around and roll back down for a quick cafe stop by the harbour, then hopefully have enough in the legs to get home. Today’s ride was a shade over 72 miles with 5120ft of climbing. A great way to kick off the new season and beat my lazy legs into submission!

Keep the wheels turning

The wind has been crazy here of late. It’s been whipping across the Island like a crazed animal, throwing down some hairy crosswinds, the kind where I’ve had difficulty not getting blown around on a 200kg motorbike let alone an 8kg bicycle! But when the wind drops to sane levels, it’s been stunning.

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As far as winter goes it’s been bright and blue most days so I’ve still gotten out for the odd ride between work and other chores. Not as much as I’d like and the fitness has suffered slightly, but sometimes that can’t be helped.

Most of my rides have just been for the fun of it (plus clocking my Woking CC 100km ride each month). I’ve passed the 6000km mark for the year out on the road so that’s one marker ticked off my list. Also I’ve got a set of rollers on order so very soon I’ll be able to sneak in an hour before/after work when I can’t get out on the road. That should at least keep the legs turning a little easier!

Oh and good luck to all my UK peeps hammering around the closed streets of London and the Surrey Hills this weekend at Ride London 100! #dropthehammer