Flash of the badge

Alongside the very real gift of fitness, all of the Woking CC club members who get out and complete the Metric Century Challenge each year receive a very nice cloth badge to celebrate the achievement. Thanks Steve for posting mine out to Australia! It’ll take pride of place next to last year’s badge! #keepcycling

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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!

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

Roll on warmer weather

IMG_1302So it’s been a little quiet on my blog for a few weeks now. I’ve had good reasons though as I’ve been very busy organising something massive that I will let you know about in my next post. In the meantime I have still been clocking up the miles, I’m knocking on the door of 3000 so far this year. There have even been a few “short sleeve” rides too as we head steadily towards summer!

Hopefully you are all out there building up your mileage. I’ve been hitting a few PB’s lately so my year of not “training” and just riding my bike (lots) seems to be working out well. I’m heading down to the south coast to visit my parents soon so it will be good to cover some miles over new ground for a change.

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In non-cycling news, today I ventured into London, my last trip into the great city for quite some time. I took a long walk along the Thames, soaking up the sights and eating at the multi-cultural street markets along the South Bank. It really is a city with something for everyone.

Live life, cycle hard, be happy.

Oh and a big shout to Elz who is riding Dunkerque-Roubaix this weekend!

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!

The 5000 mile mark

I was looking at my Garmin Connect stats this evening and realised I’d just recently rolled over the 5000 mile mark for the year! I know it’s not much compared to some but it’s a good milestone for me. Last year I finished on a shade over 4460 miles.

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I don’t really set mileage targets, but with any luck I should hit 6000 miles by the end of the year. Next year I may aim for 6215 miles (which is 10,000km).

Surrey Sportive 2015 by SussexSportPhotography.comMy favourite ride of the year (and I’ve had MANY great ones) was probably the AAT Surrey Sportive that I blasted around with a tight bunch of my Woking CC mates. A well organised event and a thoroughly enjoyable 95 miles breaking in my newly built Kinesis.

Monday morning is looking like the first truly freezing ride of the year. It’s forecast to drop to zero degrees so I’ll  be dusting off the full winter jacket for the first time this season!

#keepcycling