Week 19

Ride 1 - Watershed moment I set out with no real plan in mind, except to ride some local roads I hadn’t tackled in a while. So Hamsterley to Wolsingham, I rode Shull Bank, rather than my usual Howlea Lane route. I reached Frosterley and cycled Hill End up to…

Week 18

A big week with the Etape Caledonia on Sunday, the first proper test of the year. And right on cue I picked up a virus that left me feeling decisively under the weather and knocked my pre event plans.   Ride one - Riding round the storm Bank holiday Monday…

Week 16

Summer might be here. Or is that just wishful thinking? Ride 1 – Folly Top in the sunshine Bright sunshine hitting the Dales was the perfect opportunity to stop driving the desk for a couple of hours and get out riding the bike. It wasn’t all pleasure though, I had the…

Week 15

Two rides this week, but one hardly counts, because I cut it short in a hailstorm of mythic proportion not even a mile out of the village. So no report for that one. Ride 1 - No fun riding in a hailstorm. Maybe later Ride stats: 1.3 miles; 128 ft;…

Week eleven

It's getting to that time of year when I'm not sure what to wear out on a ride. The difference of a few degrees can mean the difference between freezing and sweltering. And its far to cold to be stopping to remove a layer if the latter is the case.…

Week ten

Five whole days without riding left me with a big weekend gig and luckily the weather was unseasonably fabulous. Ride 1 - Some new roads and a familiar route home Riding the same roads all the time is getting the better of me. I'm sure I wouldn't make a good…

Week eight

The end of February, week eight already! Two rides planned, then another squeezed in on Sunday, because it looked nice out. Furthest I've ridden in a week by a good way and the kind of distance I need to keep up every week through March and and on to September,…

Week seven

I was away working in the first part of the week, so it was Thursday before I could get out on the roads. The days are still short and weather unpredictable, so I've kept my weekly target at 40 miles, 2,000 ft, and 3 hours in the saddle. Ride 1…

Week six

The week started with the 8th of February. That was significant only because it's three months until the Etape Caledonia, which I challenged my sister to ride with me when she bought her new Specialized bike in January. Riding suddenly gained a purpose other than the weekly mileage and height…

Week four

Gale force winds left only one day that I could ride on this week, so I made the most of it Ride 1 – In search of lemon top I took the time to get the bike ready on Wednesday evening, so getting out on the road would be easy. I…