Thursday, 30 December 2010


I think my year is done.  I’ve done down with the cold that seems to be doing the rounds here.  I’m in work tomorrow, but will probably drive.  So 5123 miles is my total.  Pretty good I think

The weather has improved.  It is 16 degrees warmer than Christmas Day!  Snow has almost gone.  They are predicting a return to sub zero temps again next week though.

I think my target for next year will simply be 6000 miles.  Unless I can come up with something cleverer.

Happy New Year



Sunday, 26 December 2010

Happy Christmas

Happy Christmas.

Its still cold and snow covered here. The roads are covered with snow and ice and pretty much unrideable. I don't think I'll improve my miles much. I have more than exceeded my target of 4500 miles and even my stretch target of 5000 miles, so I'm pretty pleased.

What should my target be for next year? I'm under some peer pressure to do the Harlech Triathlon in April but other than that I'm not sure. More miles? Different type of target? Any suggestions?


Monday, 20 December 2010

More Snow and Ice

I didn’t ride much this week, it was too icy.  I’ve been trying to get some studded tyres but no one seems to have them.  I had a bit of a scare on some frozen mud coming home on Monday and decided not to ride Tuesday.  Wednesday was our team night out so I drove and left the car.  Thursday I rode in through torrential rain and the odd bit of hail, got soaked.

Friday was cold and they predicted snow.  I drove in again, planning to come home and ride out to the pub to meet Karl later.  On the way home it started to snow quite a lot.  I put lights on the P7 and rode that rather than either of the road bikes.  It was a good choice.  By seven there was an inch or so of snow on the roads.  Karl came out on his Pompino and you could see his skin marks in the snow.

By Saturday morning there was a good 6-8 inches, which is almost unheard of round here.  We were supposed to go mountain biking, but cried off.  Dec-2010 002 Dec-2010 001

It has stayed very cold since then, –4C maximum daytime temperature.  It was –10C at 6 o’clock yesterday.  Jayne and I went for a walk over the fields.

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Total miles for the week – 24

Miles for the year – 5123

Not sure how many more miles I’ll get in this year.




Tuesday, 14 December 2010

Another dismal week

I was in Switzerland last week.  Monday it was –5 in Manchester.  All flights were delayed due to freezing fog.  I eventually got to Zurich 2 hours late, to be greeted by relatively warm and very wet weather.  Very un-Swiss winter weather.

I drove straight down to Bristol from the airport for two days of meetings and no cycling.  The drive home was long and there were numerous accidents to slow me down, so I didn’t make our usual Friday beer.

Saturday I did a short hour spin round the lanes on my own.  It was warmer than it has been for ages, no ice on the roads.  We were out at Simon’s Saturday night, I drove and we left the car there.  Sunday I just did a gentle ride out to pick the car up.  There was ice on the roads again.  Still can’t get ice tyres.  Not sure how much more riding I’ll do if the weather doesn’t improve.

Miles for the week – 24

Miles for the year to date – 5099


Sunday, 5 December 2010


Its been a very poor week riding wise.  I rode in on Monday.  It was quite icy out so I stuck to the main roads, but even so, there were a couple of hairy moments.  I was away Tuesday to Thursday, so no more riding.  Friday was very icy, worse than Monday, so I drove to work. 

Mileage for the week – a paltry 13 miles

I am off to Switzerland tomorrow for three days, then straight down to Bristol from the airport.  So next week will be a very low mileage week again.  Good job I’ve reached my total already, December is looking to be a light month.