C2C Day One

By Geoff

Riders counted out : 17
Cumulative climb :  >37,400m
Cumulative distance covered : 2,470km
Cols Conquered : 4 ( Ignace, Otxondo, Ispeguy, Osquich)
Time out on the road : 9 hours
Average riding speed : 21.6km/h
Punctures : 0
Mechanical Failures : 3 (crank, gear failure, chain)
Weather : Torrential downpours, aquaplaning & occasional breaks of sunshine
Total calories burned : 105,000
Riders counted back in : 17 Continue reading “C2C Day One”

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‘Twas the night before…

By James S

PlaneAfter a long day’s travelling the C2C team are now tucked up in bed preparing for the challenge ahead. An early start from a very busy Gatwick entailed a long bus transfer to our ‘upgraded’ plane. Apparently they had a significant cargo load today that required a larger plane and scrambling an alternative crew – something to do with bike boxes! Continue reading “‘Twas the night before…”

At the Turning of the Year

By James T

Between Winchester and Stockbridge lies the well-known, if portentously-named, Farley Mount: a mini-mecca for local astronomers, walkers and, yes, cyclists.  For the Winchester-based members of our group, removed by the M3 from the delights of the hills and thrills of the Meon Valley, Farley Mount has been a regular feature of our training, our Strava PBs for its various segments gradually improving with the miles in the saddle. Continue reading “At the Turning of the Year”

Rain, Rain go away!

By George

‘there is nothing either good or bad, but thinking makes it so’
(from Shakespeare’s ‘Hamlet’)

This has never been more relevant than on a long ride. As one hedge morphs into another, villages flash by and various qualities of tarmac disappear under your wheel, you can become aware of a small game of tussle beginning between your adult self and your inner child. It is quite interesting to see how often the child, this internal brat, has to be ticked off so the Adult can enjoy the view. It’s this appreciation of surroundings and the simple fact of being outside in the elements that gives cycling much of its appeal; the bleached, warm colours of August fields, an unusual lodge house or particularly beautiful arrangement of topiary, may become your part of your personally curated exhibition, not to mention the plethora of bird life encountered swooping ahead of your wheels. Continue reading “Rain, Rain go away!”

Stanford and The Devil’s Slide Ride

By Barney

It has been an amazing six weeks. The genesis was a dinner conversation with a friend who’d been here to Stanford last year. He raved about the Stanford Executive Program. Intrigued, I investigated further and liked what I saw. With the support of both my family and my boss I went ahead and applied, thinking nothing further would come of it. Continue reading “Stanford and The Devil’s Slide Ride”

Dartmoor Classic Sportive

By Geoff

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When I entered postcode EX1 into the Satnav and saw that the 2.5hr drive there was the same distance as the planned ride the following day, I did start to wonder what Simon had signed us up to. The Dartmoor Classic was for us an experiment in what a 7 hour+ day on the bike does to the body in the baking sun. Chris and Barney had both checked out the route and had left the country in blatant ride avoidance! Continue reading “Dartmoor Classic Sportive”

Sneak Preview with The Col Collective

by James T and James S

IMG_1620In an attempt to still concerns about cycling over 16 cols in five days, the Shannons and Turners headed for Lourdes – not (on this occasion) to seek a miracle cure for gravity, but to spend a few days in the care of Mike Cotty, of The Col Collective fame. Mike and his partner, Deborah, have bought a beautiful house on the outskirts of Lourdes, which they use as a base for exploring the surrounding countryside. Continue reading “Sneak Preview with The Col Collective”