The 2016 Half Century (50 KM or 50 Mile) A Month Challenge - Chatzone

Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by ColinJ, 21 Dec 2015.

  1. Saluki

    Saluki I've run away with my friends to..

    Location:
    ...New Tealandia
    The snails pace is on its winter break until March. Lots of lovely cafes in Wadebridge though ^_^ cafes in Bodmin and in St Tudy, after the Snails, if you want to ride a couple of miles up the hill.
     
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  2. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Location:
    Manchester
    Thanks @ColinJ
    Well done to everyone and good luck with your targets and challenges in 2017
     
  3. Sbudge

    Sbudge Cyclist

    Nice one Steve, 3k miles will be a great milestone.
     
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  4. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    Location:
    leicester
    Another rider over the line up too 26 finishers now
     
  5. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

    Location:
    West Wales
    @ColinJ Maths was always my weak point..
    Kinda pleased to have finished this year after all the injury and illness
    As of now I'm well , partners well and next years cycling plans are ambitious to say the least
    Congrats to all who completed the challenge and those who failed
     
  6. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    Location:
    leicester
    And another one over the line . Talk about leaving late @Nomadski :okay: you had me worried .
    27 finishers now
     
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  7. Lilliburlero

    Lilliburlero Wilier ftw

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    In 2015 as a noob just starting out - 49 rides got me 1285 km`s

    I joined the 2016 50km a month challenge and - 100 rides got me 4119 km`s

    Many, many thanks to everyone involved :notworthy:
     
  8. OP
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Well, I got stuck in and ... I DID IT! :okay:

    I decided to take advantage of the unseasonably mild conditions and brought my Cannondale out of hibernation to make it easier to hit my target. It was doing my head in riding up and down the A646/A6033 on the singlespeed bike. I wanted to get up on the hills while they were ice-free and most of those hills are too severe for my s/s's 52/19 gear.

    I did 14 rides over 50 km in December including one of 102 km, and I also did a 25-miler.

    That's probably the best December of riding I have ever done - 528 miles or 851 km. Bring on 2017!
     
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  9. Nomadski

    Nomadski I Like Bikes

    Location:
    LBS, Usually
    I know! I had a few opportunities to go riding early on in December, but when they passed things caught up with weather, or just too tired after early shifts. Did my 4am - 12pm shift today then just had to get out, I couldn't fail in December! :biggrin:

    Thanks very much @ColinJ for setting this up. Has certainly got me doing more miles than I would have done without it so.

    Congratulations to the other 26 who completed it (hopefully one more to come in) and good luck for next years, especially those who didn't quite make it this year.
     
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  10. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    Location:
    leicester
    No more last minute postings so scores on the doors
    42 starters 26 finishers
    Well done everyone :notworthy:
    And on to 2017 . Nice to see a few 50 kms stepping up to the 100 km . The thread is certainly getting people upping their milage
     
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  11. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    Location:
    leicester
    Last edited: 29 Jan 2017
  12. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Location:
    Manchester
    I did 29 miles yesterday, it was quite a battle in the wind and I ran out of time or else I would have added those last 2 important miles!
     
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  13. kapelmuur

    kapelmuur Über Member

    Location:
    Timperley
    You've posted in the 2016 thread, a mistake presumably?
     
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  14. Katherine

    Katherine Guru Moderator

    Location:
    Manchester
    Oops! I've found the correct one now. Thank you.
     
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    ColinJ

    ColinJ Hillfinder General

    Local rider Littgull had hurt his back and taken 2 weeks off his bike. I wanted to get a 50 km ride in today and he wanted to see how he got on with that distance, in order to see if he could do a local audax event with me on Sunday. We did the first part of our planned hilly route but had to make a detour halfway when we discovered that road repairs on Midgley Rd down into Mytholmroyd did not complete as planned at the end of March. Part of the retaining wall for that steep descent was washed away by flood waters on Boxing Day 2015, and the council are still sorting it out ...

    Before the flood:

    Midgley_Road_climb_to_Height_Road.jpg

    After the flood:

    Midgley Road Boxing Day 2015 flood damage.jpg

    Midgley Road Boxing Day 2015 flood damage closure.jpg

    We had to improvise an alternative so we descended through the village and took a narrow, steep road (Naylor Ln) down to the A646. It is a bit iffy as a descent because it is steep, narrow, gravel-strewn in places and abruptly terminates right on the main road below. It would be very easy to overshoot and end up out in the busy traffic flow. I think I might ride up it for the challenge in future but will generally avoid it as a descent.

    After that we headed back to Mytholmroyd and rejoined our planned route. Brian had already concluded that though his back was improving, it was not ready for the weekend audax's 115 km with 2,250 m of climbing, so we opted to take the easier option out of Mytholmroyd on that side of the valley. The hard way is up Scout Rd, and then Steep Ln, which is, er, steep! Bad for bad backs, so we headed off up England's longest hill instead, the Cragg Vale climb. Its length means that the average gradient is much lower - 3.3% with a maximum of about 8%. Halfway up, we turned left and rode round to Craggies cafe. We normally like to sit outside but there was a really chilly wind blowing today so we opted for the warmth of indoors instead. We chatted a while and ate our lunches before venturing back out to face that wind. Fortunately, we only had 3 km to go to the top of the hill, and after that a rapid descent to Littleborough, where Brian turned for home.

    I took the scenic route out of Littleborough via Caldermoor and Calderbrook rather than riding straight up the A6033. Calderbrook Rd is closed to motor traffic at the northern end due to a landslip a few years ago, but it is still passable by bike so ignored the road closure signs. What I hadn't noticed was that it is now closed even to pedestrians, and therefore to cyclists. I soon found out why ... A whacking big excavator had dug a huge hole in the road to lay a new water main. Fortunately, nobody was actually working there today so I was able to pick my bike up and clamber over the big pile of earth dumped at the side of the hole. If I had slipped I would have fallen about 8 ft into the hole with my bike. Luckily, conditions were dry today so I was clambering on soil rather than mud.

    I got through the works and then emerged onto the A6033 and headed home where I did a loop round the block to increase my tally for the day.

    Nice ride, and it was good to see Brian back on his bike.
     
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