Monday, 9 August 2010

Back to Big Miles

For me anyway.

I’ve been on holiday this week.  The weather hasn’t been great but we’ve got out for a few rides.  Monday Jayne and I rode out to Beacon Fell.  Beacon Fell is a small fell about 18 miles from home.  At nearly 900 feet, it isn’t a huge climb, but that is from sea level and most of the height gain is in the last few steep miles.  A 35 mile round trip

Tuesday we went walking.  Wednesday we went to the Weird Fish on the solo’s and Thursday out to Bonds on the tandem.  Thursday evening was our regular Thirsty Thursday ride, but we extended again out to Beacon Fell.  This time I was on the Hewitt and fared much better on the 40+mph descent.

Friday I went mountain biking with Ian, only my 6th or 7th mtb ride this year.  We had planned on doing Garburn, but the rain was heavy and the cloud layer very low.  We did the normal Stavely/Kentmere route.  Fortunately Wheelbase has free showers so we got warm and clean before coffee and cake in Wilf’s.

Saturday was supposed to be the Rapha nocturne in Blackpool, but it had been cancelled.  However people had arranged to come up for the weekend and we planned a longer ride.  In the end 11 of us set out for Beacon Fell and onward to Oakenclough an the Trough.  Unfortunately Steve broke a spoke coming over Oakenclough.  Pete was on his longest ride ever, predicting 50+ miles before he got home and he agreed to guide Steve back to Lytham.  The rest of us set off over Boundary Hill and bacon butties in Dunsop Bridge.  Then home via Little Bowland and Chipping.  We were pretty tired when we got home. 65 miles for me, up to 80 for the Lytham contingent.

Nic and Elizabeth put on a fantastic barbeque on Saturday evening.  We rode down on the old tandem, leaving it there for Nic and Elizabeth to try.

Sunday was another mountain bike trip, up to Grizedale with Simon, Catherine, Karl and Alison.  Some of the Saturday gang said they might come, but never materialised.  It was a good hard ride, with some of the nicest weather for ages.  I was pretty pleased with how I rode, but could feel my thighs burning, particularly on the rocky down hill sections.  20 miles

So my mileage for this week was:

Tandem – 35 miles

Mountain Bike – 34 miles

Road bike – 159 miles

Total for the week -  228 miles

Year to date – 3423 miles

Given a bit of decent weather, I should top 3500 by the end of this week.




  1. Nice week. We have the heat and humidity to contend with these days, so it's been indoor workouts for me, as I work early in the morning. No time for rides when the temp is under 90f. But, we're looking for a house closer to my job, so then I can commute once again. Once again, nice work.

  2. Cheers. Hope things improve for you. I've exceeded my 2009 total already.