300km in a day! Audaxious

Last week, while browsing the local paper, I saw an article about a long distance bike ride starting on Saturday at 07:00hrs from Wolverley. Who does these things called Audax? I decided that I would get up early, and do a pre-breakfast ride to find out more, and see for myself.I expected to see a few old duffers on ancient bikes, wearing breeches. Well, I was wrong, there were hundreds of riders, all ages and sizes, riding everything from expensive race bikes to recumbents. I got chatting to a couple of them, and they told me that the ride would take them out into Wales, over some tough mountain roads. The ‘fast’ men would be back early evening, while the cut-off time was 03:00hrs on Sunday! They went on to tell me that this event was a ‘classic’ in the Audax calendar, and that riders had travelled from all over the country to take part… Continue reading

A Last

Lately, one of my favourite things to do has been to join Carla in her commute to work when she goes by bike. It’s an early start, just after 7am, but it’s great to ride along the canal towpath as the day wakes up. Spring is in full swing, and I think nature is at it’s best this time of year.We part company after about 10 miles, Carla does the last couple of miles through Kingswinford on her own while I swing off toward Enville. I always come back through the lanes and bridleways via Kinver, arriving home with two hours riding under my belt, and feeling like I have earned a good breakfast. After a Kings breakfast of toast, poached eggs, and fresh coffee I feel energised, and set up for the day.

Sadly though today will be the last. Carla finishes at npower this week, and this particular early morning commute will be no more.

Hell Of the North Cotswolds

My first event this year, and the start of my build up to the Big Red Randonnee. Along with Carla, and my Bro’ I tackled the 20th edition of the HONC. Described as…The original and Classic British Endurance event. This popular cycling event genuinely deserves it’s “classic” status, having been inspired originally by the “Hell of the North” Paris-Roubaix bike race, which takes place on the same day in Northern France. The reliability trial starts and finishes in the picturesque town of Winchcombe and uses a combination of tarmac, “white” roads and bridleways. Last year the event attracted an entry in excess of 900 riders… Continue reading