Sunday, 31 May 2015

2015 - The year so far (as of the end of May)

So thats 5 months into the year - so whats been happening on the cycling front ?

Well I have passed the 1,000 mile mark so am on track to reach to 2,036 mile average target set for 2015.

January started with 11 rides (just the first one of the month (2nd January) on the road - the rest were all on the Turbo. January miles 205 miles.

February - 3 road rides in 12 and 221.48 miles. 

March and the open road was getting drier and warmer with 5 rides from 11 - total 219.06 miles. March also saw the first ride to Wirksworth and back down the A6. This includes the climb up through Wirksworth and then the steep decent down past Black Rocks into Cromford - that is one frightening descent with quarry lorries for company I can tell you - oh to be  pro and have the joy of closed roads for company. Having said that there is no such thing as traffic free roads even for the pro's - ask Johnny Hoogerland if you want proof of that fact.

April and another 199 mile month (199.28 - how do I keep doing it ???). The month started with a chest infection for the first two rides. It was also the first ride up Hillcliffe Lane (or The Full Cross 'O th' Hands Climb as it is known on Strava. 7:34 against my PB of 6:53 wash' too bad for a first attempt although I have at least 10 faster times between these two recordings.

The next ride was a repeat ride with a time of 7:52 up Hillcliffe. Down Burley Lane I clocked 43 mph for my fastest time on a bike since I returned to the saddle - it wouldn't last long as a record.

And so into May 2015. 11 rides - 220.97 miles. First ride of the month was another assault on Hillcliffe - 7:29 - better but nothing to crow about. May 23rd another ride up Hillcliffe but with Chris Thomas so a real slow one this time 8:22. The riding month ended on Saturday with a solo ride repeating what I did with Chris last Saturday. Last week was a 2:05:35 ride time (with about four stops for the boy to get his breath back). This time I got back in one ride in 1:50:25 and Hillcliffe climbed in 7:30. The main problem with Hillcliffe is that it not only comes after climbing Bridge Foot and then passed the Hanging Gate at Shottle but also only about 7 miles into a 30 mile ride. Therefore too much effort at that early stage on the ride leaves you in the red for the next 20+ miles to come Including the climb through Quarndon and Street Lane.

So there you have it - up to date I have cycled 1,065.82 miles leaving me just under 1,000 to go and still 7 months to do it. 

Next  I need to update on cameras and football

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