An amazing ride from everyone who joined us for our 200km, Bristol to Oswestry ride. You all did amazingly well and didn’t stop pushing over those relentless hills.
I think we can all say we live in a very beautiful country- some amazing views were seen by all.
Thank you to everyone for your hard work- it was a pleasure riding with you all and we’ll miss you. A special thanks to the logistics managers Baz and Rob who were on hand to offer some much needed hob knobs, digestives and the odd direction from the sat nav.
Tomorrow we have a very very long 130 miles to Kendal so I’m off to bed!!!
Total hills climbed- 3200 feet
Good morning everybody.
Well today we’re joined by a mix of friends and clients for a 2day 200km route so really looking forward to seeing them all (and a slighter shorted ride).
Legs feeling it today and so is the bum but I didn’t have a cold bath last night so this might be why.
On a rubbish note I only got about 5 hours sleep which is not great. A mix of worry/excitement about today and seagulls fighting!!
Still having difficulties with putting pics up but will try a bit later.
Well after thinking today was going to be a bit easier than yesterday, it turns out that 115 miles in 11 hours isn’t so easy going…
The climb up to Dartmoor, 1500 feet, was surprisingly easy, but the flat parts seemed to go on forever.
The rest of the day was also flat, but after hitting Bristol it got very hilly again towards the end, following the M5 on the roads which were there before the M5 was.
By the time we got to Bristol it was getting dark and the rain had set in. We’re looking forward to riding with everyone else who is joining us tomorrow for the 200k route to Oswestry!
Stats for the day-
Highest climb-1500 feet
Average speed- still a slow 14.3 miles
Total cycling time: 7 hours 58 minutes
Average Calories Burnt- A very moderate estimate of 5,500.
All the hills included we climbed- 5500 feet
Some towns we went through- Tavistock, Princetown, Moretonhampstead, Exeter, Broadclyst, Cullompton, Taunton, Bridgwater, Bristol.
Some pictures coming in the morning!
Our bikes were safely in the cellar overnight…
40MPH!!! We Wish…
A Dodgy attempt at a panoramic photo of Dartmoore, it basically looked like this for 20miles…
(I’m finding it hard to upload photos onto this so ill try again later)
Well we made it Tavistock…bloody exhausted!!
90.8 miles in 6 hours and 50 minutes actual cycling time.
It was an extremely tough first day and one of the toughest out if the whole 10 days I think. We were going up and down hills all day long. And after hot shower, a cold bath and the a hot bath my legs are still killing me.
On the other hand we also went through some of the most beautiful countryside.
We started nice and easy from lands end to Penzance on lovely quite roads and the day got tougher and tougher from there.
Stats for the day-
Highest climb-800 feet
Average speed- a slow 13.2 miles
Max speed- a quick 42.8mph (after a very steep hill)
Average Calories Burnt- A very moderate estimate of 4,500.
All the hills included we climbed- 6500 feet
Some towns we went through- Lands End, Penzance, Redruth, Truro, St Austell, Lostwiethiel, Liskeard and Tavistock.
Tomorrow we cycle through Dartmoore and have a 1550 foot climb to start with. It gets a bit easier from there….we hope!!
And so we haven’t even started the ride yet and troubles have already started.
I got an email today saying that the mini bus taking the 200km route people joining us in Bristol is now unavailable- despite having been booked for 8 weeks. So I spend my meant-to-be chilled out train journey trying to sort another one out whilst my phone signal was on and off.
Well here’s my first post on the blog. I’ll be using this blog mainly to inform you all how much pain I’m in- which I’m sure you’ll all love reading!
I did my last training ride in Sidmouth today whilst having 2 days holiday before the cycling onslaught. It was meant to be an easy ride but it turns out Devon is not a good place for a gentle cycle due to some serious hills. 25 miles in 1.5 hours so average speed not too bad however.
This time tomorrow I’ll be in Lands End waiting for Thursday morning when I cycle my 1000 miles.
In case your not sure I’m planning to pedal my way across the length of Britain, from Lands End to John O’Groats, an epic 1000 mile journey. (It’s usually around 900 miles but that wasn’t enough!) The reason for this mad rideathon is to raise money for a very special charity called Rosie’s Rainbow Fund, which was set up in the memory of 11 year old Rosie Mayling.
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the fund, which supports sick and disabled children in hospital, school and the community and also offers bereavement support for families after the loss of a child.
Take a look at this short video showing the amazing work of the charity presented by Joanne Froggatt from Downton Abbey- http://youtu.be/X9JM0bywbmE
I’m hoping to raise as much money as possible and you can go to https://www.justgiving.com/Rosiesrideathon to donate.
Fancy joining in? How about 200km over 2 days through the glorious countryside of Wales during the August bank holiday? We’ve got it set up with transport to and from Maidenhead and a hotel. Give me a call!