The 2016 Imperial Century A Month Challenge

Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by ianrauk, 13 Dec 2015.

  1. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    This thread is only for the logging of your qualifying ride each month.
    PLEASE DO NOT POST ANYTHING ELSE BUT QUALIFYING RIDES IN THIS THREAD


    It should eventually look like this one:

    2014 Century Register

    There is a Century A Month Chat thread here, for posting comments, planned rides, bowing out excuses etc which will keep the main Register as neat and tidy as possible.

    The challenge is to ride 1 x 100+ mile ride per month during the calender year (January to December) to complete the challenge. Only log the first qualifying ride of each month.

    Please include the following info....Date of ride, distance of ride and a brief description of the route ridden. (please don't post just a link, Strava, RidewithGPs etc).

    This as an example

    04/04/15 (C143) Ashford and back.

    Ashford and back Via Otford, Pilgrim's Way, Kemsing, Plaxtol, Hadlow. Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden, Pluckley, Chart and Ashford.
    106.17miles. 7.04.50 Riding Time. 15.00Avg. 2431ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 33.4mph. Pinnacle Pyrolite 2014

    Successful participants of the Cycle Chat Century A Month challenge are entitled to display a gold star full?d=1443009817.jpg

    If for any reason you can't edit your post when adding a newly completed ride, Please PM Shaun and ask that he allow's you to edit your post.

    Good luck to all those that enter.
     
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  2. OP
    OP
    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    01/01/16 (C167) Kent (Smarden and Headcorn Loop)
    With @Trickedem . Via Shoreham, Otford, Pilgrim's Way, Borough Green, Offham, West Malling, Yalding, Marden, Colliers Green, Frittenden, Biddenden, Smarden, Headcorn, Staplehurst, back to Yalding, West Malling and Pilgrims Way. Otford, Orpington, Chiselhurst and home.
    104.09 miles. 7.06.56 Riding Time. 14.60Avg. 3484ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 33.5mph. Van Nicholas Ventus.

    07/02/16 (C170) To Rye and Camber Sands and back.
    With @rb58
    Home, Pollhill, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Horsmorden, Benenden, Rolvenden, Whittersham, Iden, Rye. Lunch at Camber. Lydd, Brenzett, Appledore, Tentenden, Biddenden, Frittenden, Staplehurst, Marden, Yalding, Plaxtol, Seal and Sevenoaks.
    113.10 miles. 7.30.46 Riding Time. 15.1mph avg. 3598 Elevation Gain. 38.3mph Max Speed. Van Nicholas Ventus.

    06/03/16 (C172) To Uckfield via The Ashdown Forest
    With @Trickedem & @martint235
    Home. Shoreham, Otford, Pilgrims Way, Borough Green, Plaxtol, Hildenborough, Penshurst, Cowden, Hoytle, Hartfield, Ashdown Forest, Duddledwell, Uckfield, Rotherfield, Mark Cross, Bells Yew Green, Brenchley, Laddingford, Yalding, Wateringberry, West Malling, Offham, Wrotham, Pilgrims Way, Otford, Pollhill and Home
    108.15miles. 8.07.05 Riding Time, 13.3mph avg, 6321 Elevation Gain, 45.70mph Max Speed. Van Nicholas Ventus.

    03/04/16 (C174) To Brighton and back.
    With @Trickedem , @Tim Hall & @martint235
    Home, Bromley, Croydon, Redhill, Gatwick, Crawley, Handcross, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Ditchling Beacon and Brighton, Reverse via the Devils Dyke, Wineham, Warninglid, back to Handcross and the same way back as the outward journey.
    112.13miles. 7:13:33riding time. 15.5MPH avg. 4258ft Elevation Gain. 42.6mph max speed. Van Nicholas ventus.

    01/05/16 (C176) To Brighton (following the Veteran Commercial Vehicle Rally) and back.
    With Andy, Simon, Susie, Tim, Dave and Bob
    Home, Bromley, Croydon, Redhill, Gatwick, Crawley, Handcross, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Clayton Hill and Brighton, Reverse via the Devils Dyke, Wineham, Warninglid, back to Handcross and the same way back as the outward journey.
    112.20miles. 7:21.02riding time. 15.4mph avg. 3957ft Elevation Gain. 41.60mph max speed. Van Nicholas ventus 2013

    05/06/16 (C180) To Herne Bay and back.. with @martint235
    Home, Otford, Borough Green & Wrotham, Offham, Hollingbourne Hill, Doddington, Newington, Faversham, Graveny, Seasalter, Whitstable and Herne Bay. Return via the classic FNR route. Whitstable, Seasalter, Faversham, Sittingbourne, and along the Medway Towns to Dartford, Crayford, Bexley and home.
    120Miles. 7:39:51Riding Time. 15.7mph Avg. 3570Elevation Gain. 33mph max speed. Van Nicholas ventus 2013

    03/07/16 (C184) To Brighton and back.
    With Andy, Mark, Alex, Rob, Martin, Adrian and Joe
    Home, Bromley, Croydon, Redhill, Gatwick, Crawley, Handcross, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Clayton Hill and Brighton, Reverse via the Devils Dyke, Wineham, Warninglid, back to Handcross and the same way back as the outward journey.
    113.13miles. 6:52:41riding time. 16.4mph avg. 4163ft Elevation Gain. 44.3mph max speed. Van Nicholas Ventus 2013

    01/08/16 (C186) Ashford and back.
    Ashford and back Via Otford, Pilgrim's Way, Kemsing, Plaxtol, Hadlow. Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden, Pluckley, Chart and Ashford.
    103.22miles. 6.24.44 Riding Time. 16.10Avg. 2746ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 34.7mph. Van Nicholas Ventus 2013

    03/09/16 (C192) Romney, Camber Rye Loop.
    Via Otford, Pilgrim's Way, Kemsing, Plaxtol, Hadlow. Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden, Pluckley, Chart and Ashford. The on to Romney via the Marshes, Dungeness, Camber, Rye then loop back via Appledore, Woodchurch, Biddenden and Headcorn.
    107.79miles. 7.34.26 Riding Time. 14.20Avg. 1847ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 34.2mph. Van Nicholas Ventus 2013

    02/10/16 (C193) Whitstable and back.
    With Ross. Via Sidcup, Dartford, Gravesend, Northfleet, Rochester and the Medway Towns, Sittingbourne, Bapchild, Teynham, Faversham, Seasalter and Whitstable.
    119.71miles. 7.39.18 Riding Time. 15.60Avg. 3293ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 32.1mph. Van Nicholas Ventus 2013

    06/11/16 (C195) Brighton and back.
    Home, Bromley, Croydon, Redhill, Gatwick, Crawley, Handcross, Cuckfield, Burgess Hill, Hassocks, Ditchling Beacon and Brighton, Reverse via the Devils Dyke, Wineham, Warninglid, back to Handcross and the same way back as the outward journey.
    107.38miles. 7:03:40riding time. 15.2MPH avg. 3826ft Elevation Gain. 40.8mph max speed. Van Nicholas ventus.

    03/12/16 Tiptree and back (C#198)
    Home, Sidcup, Dartford, Ockenden, Bulpham, Billericay, Hanningfield, Maldon, Heybridge, Tiptree, Tolleshunt Major, Heybridge, Maldon, Hanningfield, Billericay, Stanford Le Hope, Tilbury Ferry, Gravesend, Northfleet, Dartford, Bexley, Orpington, Home.
    117.04miles. 8:03:07 Riding Time. 14.54mph avg. Pinnacle Pyrolite

    And that completes the challenge for 2016


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  3. fatjel

    fatjel Über Member

    Location:
    West Wales
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  4. Cold Snail

    Cold Snail Senior Member

    Location:
    Tunbridge Wells
    01/01/2016
    High Brooms railway station>Three Elm Ln, Tonbridge>Shadoxhurst Rd, Woodchurch>Fishmarket Rd, Rye>RH&DR Restaurant Dungeness>New Church Rd, Bilsington>Light Railway Restaurant Scanlons Bridge Rd, Hythe>Smarden Bell Rd, Smarden>Badsell Rd, Five Oak Green>Three Elm Ln, Tonbridge.
    137.69 miles 555m elevation
    Genesis Tour De Fer

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    https://www.strava.com/activities/460823292

    25/02/2016

    Mostly the same ride (started and finished in Tonbridge) done at night in sub freezing temperatures.
    129.05 miles 461m elevation

    https://www.strava.com/activities/502245043


    31/03/2016

    Same ride just to squeak in month 10 in the RRTY.
    Gave it a bit more Welly with a heart rate monitor strapped to my chest this time to see how unfit I am.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/531817160

    09/04/2016

    The Shark.
    Without doubt, the toughest ride I have done to date.
    Greenwich to Seaford and back again finding every steep hill in-between.
    On the last flat 200km ride, I pushed myself a bit more than usual, I think that if I hadn't, I wouldn't have made it around in time on this one.



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    https://www.strava.com/activities/540571519

    16/05/2016

    Back to the usual DIY 200k to complete my first RRTY.
    I am now looking forward to riding somewhere else.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/578025075

    09/06/2016

    A failed attempt at the Man of Kent 400 perm, but still got 105.5 miles in with bad knee pain that kicked in around the 50km mark and got worse in Sandwich at 2.30am.
    Many thanks to @fatjel for the lift back from Headcorn
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    02/07/2016

    With the knee holding out over the last few weeks, it was time to get that 400k itch scratched with the Kingdom of the East Saxons 400km Audax from Great Dunmow, taking in a very nice scenic tour of the Essex countryside.

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    https://www.strava.com/activities/628689249
    256 miles with 2286m of climb

    06/08/2016
    Essex R&R 200k with a broken saddle from 80km

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    134.5 miles, 10:06:39 moving 1,175m
    https://www.strava.com/activities/667041427
     
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  5. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    01/01/16 Kent (Smarden and Headcorn Loop)
    With @ianrauk . Via Meopham, Borough Green, Offham, West Malling, Yalding, Marden, Colliers Green, Frittenden, Biddenden, Smarden, Headcorn, Staplehurst, back to Yalding, West Malling, Kemsing, Exedown Hill, Istead Rise and home.
    100.6 miles. 7.21.05 Riding Time. 13.7 mph Avg. 4,584 ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 32.4 mph. Van Nicholas Yukon.
    06/02/16 Kent (Down to Ashford)
    Aylesford, Yalding, Staplehurst, Bethersden, Ashford, Boughton Lees, Charing, Harrietsham. Detling, Aylesford, Cobham, home.
    102.7 miles. 7.46.28 Riding Time. 13.2 mph Avg. 5,157 ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 31.5 mph. Van Nicholas Yukon.
    06/03/2016 Kent (Ashdown loop)
    Strood, Cobham, Borough Green, Leigh, Penshurst, Cowden, Hartfield, Ashdown Forest, Uckfield, Mark Cross, Brenchley, Yalding, Ditton, Aylesford, Rochester, Strood. 100.5 miles, 7,260 feet of climb, 12.1mph avg. 38.9mph max speed.
    03/04/2016 (Brighton and Back)
    Bromley, Croydon, Purley, Redhill, Crawley, Pease Pottage, Burgess Hill, Ditchling Beacon, Brighton, Devil's Dyke, Handcross, Crawley, Redhill, Croydon, Bromley. 105.6 miles, 4,142 feet of climb, 14.6mph avg. 47mph max speed.
    14/05/2016 The Bryan Chapman Memorial (less about 250k)
    Chepstow, Abergavenny, Builth Wells, Rhayader, Llanidloes, Macynthleth, Dolgellau, Harlech, Trawsfynedd, Dolgellau, Newtown. 12.6mph avg, 13, 849 feet of climbing, 220.9 miles.
    4/06/2016 Tour de Iceland on a Brompton
    Reykjavik, Selfoss, Thingvellir, Nesjavellir, Reykjavik
    106.5 miles, 7,976 feet of climbing, 11.0mph moving average.
    10/07/2016 The CTC Triennial Veteran's Ride
    3 different loops from Golden Green, Tonbridge, with @ianrauk & @rb58
    101.6 miles, 12.4 mph moving average, 1,806 feet of climbing.
    06/08/2016 DIY 400 km Audax York to London
    York, Louth, Spalding, St Ives, Cambridge, Great Easton, Leytonstone
    257.5 miles, 19:31:07 moving time, 5,597ft climb Avg Speed 13.2 mph
    04/09/2016
    Strood, Lockyers Hill, Vigo Hill, Bates Hill, Carters Hill, Hubbards Hill, Ide Hill, Toy's Hill, Puddledock Hill, Chalkpit Lane, White Lane (Catford Hill Climb), Brasted Hill, Star Hill, Row Dow Hill, Tinkerpot Lane, Michael's Lane, Higham, Strood.
    100.4 miles, Avg Speed 12 mph, 8,885 feet of climb.
    16/10/2016
    Strood, Meopham, Borough Green, Yalding, Bletchingley, Sissinghurst, Pluckley, Headcorn, Staplehurst, Collier Street, Red Hill, East Malling, Offham, Ryarsh, Snodland, Wouldham, Rochester. 100.1 miles, Avg Speed 13.5mph, 3,900 feet of climb. With @ianrauk
    06/11/2016
    Strood, All Hallows, Higham, Eynsford, Polhill (for the CTC Hill Climb) Penshurst, West Peckham, Yalding, Mereworth, Teston, Aylesford, Eccles, Strood. 100.8 miles, Avg 12.8mph, 5, 800 feet of climb.
    03/12/2016
    Strood, Gravesend, Dartford Crossing, Billericay, Maldon, Tiptree, then back to Tilbury and across the Gravesend foot ferry and back home. with @ianrauk & @rb58
    104.9miles, 7:19:54 moving time, 5,348ft of climb. Avg Speed 14.3mi/h
     
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  6. rhm

    rhm Well-Known Member

    01/01/2016 New Jersey and Pennsylvania

    Lawrenceville NJ, Pennington NJ, Taylorsville PA, Pineville PA, Doylestown PA, Riegelsville PA, Milford NJ, Ringoes NJ, Lawrenceville NJ.
    113.9 miles, 9:09 moving time, 12.4 mph avg, 6784 feet elevation gain, 36 mph max. (I think the metrics are off; we weren't moving that long).
    1976 Holdsworth 531 Special, converted to 650b wheels.
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    February 7, New Jersey

    102 miles, 5491 feet of climbing, 7:10 moving time.
    1976 Holdsworth 531 Special, converted to 650b wheels.

    From Lawrenceville NJ, through Princeton, Kingston, Griggstown, up Sourland Mountain, through Hopell, Rocktown, etc. up to Milford; returning through Frenchtown, Stockton, Lambertville, Hopewell.

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    March 13, New Jersey

    101 miles, 3559 feet of climbing, seven hours moving time.
    1976 Holdsworth 531 Special, converted to 650b wheels.

    From Lawrenceville to Cranbury, Allentown, New Egypt, Monmouth Battlefield, Englishtown, Cranbury again, Princeton and back to Lawrenceville.
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    April 15-16, Pennsylvania and New Jersey
    232 miles, 7606 feet of climbing, 18:10 hours moving time.
    1976 Holdsworth 531 Special, converted to 650b wheels.

    link to RideWithGPS

    From Perkasie to Quakertown PA; passing through Doylestown PA, Trenton, Bordentown, Pemberton, Whiting, Lakehurst, Lakewood, Sea Girt, Asbury Park, Sea Bright, Red Bank, Englishtown, Cranbury, Lawrenceville, Pennington, Lambertville, and Stockton NJ; and Point Pleasant, PA.

    This was a fleche with the Eastern Pennsylvania Randonneurs club.

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    May 28, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and New York

    141.8 miles, 10593 feet of climbing, 11:20 moving time.
    1982 Trek 720 Touring bike.

    link to RideWithGPS

    From Lawrenceville, NJ; through Hopwell, Whitehouse Station, Mount Olive, Andover, Newton, Milford PA, Barryville NY, Eldred, Bethel, Jeffersonville, Callicoon Center NY.

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    June 25, Eastern Long Island, New York

    115.2 miles, 3438 feet of climbing, 8:07 moving time.
    Ca 1972 Lambert converted to fixed gear
    Link to RideWithGPS

    From Mastic Beach, passing through Mastic, Moriches, Center Moriches, East Moriches, Remsenburg, Westhampton Beach, Bridge Hampton, Southampton, North Sea, Noyac, Shelter Island, Greenport, Peconic, Cutchogue, Mattituck, Riverhead, Manorville, Mastic, and Mastic Beach again.

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  7. Aravis

    Aravis No Regret

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Aged 55½ at start of year, male. Location Gloucester, UK. Usual bike Raleigh Pioneer Venture aluminium hack (2005).

    January 2016 (C241): 6/1/16, Gloucester - Alveston - Chepstow - Monmouth - Ross - Newent - Tewkesbury - Gloucester. 100.7 miles. Start 07:55, finish 16:15. Ave riding speed 12.7mph. Max speed 36.1mph. The first time I've turned a pedal since 20th October last year.

    February 2016 (C242): 11/2/16, Gloucester - Hereford - Hay-on-Wye (almost) - Golden Valley - Ross-on-Wye - Newent. Then untidily back to Gloucester due to most river Severn crossing points being flooded. 114.6 miles. Start 07:40, finish 17:25. Lots of sheet ice but practically no wind.

    March 2016 (C245): Now on Garmin/Strava. 12/3/16, an undemanding expedition along the eastern side of the Severn estuary. 102.21 miles. Dawes Galaxy (1980) with wreath head badge.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/514957199

    April 2016 (C248): 8/4/16, a Cotswold tour using the easiest ascent in the Cheltenham area, exploring some lanes in the upper Thames and Avon valleys before a wind-assisted return along the A38. 120.34 miles.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/539400421

    May 2016 (C251): 5/5/16, Cotswolds again, enjoying the warmth and springtime freshness. Added an extension to the north bringing the distance up to 150 miles. Reliving my youth once again. 150.32 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/566422102

    June 2016 (C254): 8/6/16, Welsh Marches, heading up to Ludlow via Hereford and returning via Worcester. A very warm day with plenty of climbing. Extremely humid and hazy, so the views weren't quite what they might have been. 119.25 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/602665300

    July 2016 (C255): 4/7/16, Cotswolds and Wiltshire Downs, with a final loop northwards to boost the mileage. Surprisingly windy, rather humid but not too warm. Arrived home with my best coal miner's face! 151.23 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/630037554

    August 2016 (C257): 1/8/16, Severn Bridge, Avonmouth Bridge and Clifton Suspension Bridge, then returning to Gloucester. A very early start in a successful attempt to miss the worst of the rain. A return to formerly familiar haunts. 124.29 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/660886584

    September 2016 (C261): 3/9/16, Audax: Mr Pickwick goes to Hay in a day. My first 200km Audax. Very wet at times, but not as bad as the Met Offfice forecast had implied. 129.05 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/699432618

    October 2016 (C263): 1/10/16, Longest and best ride of the year. Over to Hay via the Golden Valley, up the Wye to Builth, over to Presteigne, back to Gloucester through Leominster, Ledbury, Upton and Tewkesbury. A miserable four Strava flybys - what's a bit of rain? Just about completed in daylight. 153.56 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/731113890

    November 2016 (C268): 14/11/16, a clover-leaf shaped ride, needing to stay reasonably close to home in case my rear wheel collapsed (it didn't). Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and Malverns, with a significant climb in each. A road closure in the Forest meant some on the road re-planning and it turned out longer than intended. Some lovely roads which I'd never seen before. And some torrential rain - I didn't see that in the forecast. 130.19 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/775367424

    December 2016 (C269): 2/12/16, finishing with a bit of a whimper. Woke up with a sore throat but really didn't want to abandon. Very slow even allowing for the rear puncture early on. Didn't want to finish in pitch darkness (enough of that last month) so left out the planned diversion to the Malverns. Explored some new territory around Redditch and Bromsgrove, and used one of the more dramatic Severn crossings at Holt Fleet. 103.18 miles
    https://www.strava.com/activities/791534601
     
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  8. martint235

    martint235 Dog on a bike

    Location:
    Welling
    10/01/16
    Home to Whitstable via the cesspits of Gillingham and Sittingbourne. 105 miles in a straight 7 hour moving time. First trip out on Lelly for almost 5 months I think and my first century for a while. Back in the game

    21/02/16
    Out to Tiptree for breakfast at the jam factory. Tailwind meant a speedy trip out but the headwind for the way back slowed things. Just missed out on a 16mph average. The 100 miles ticked over about 300 yards from home

    06/03/16
    A very different ride to the other two. A brutal 132 miles over the Ashdown Forest and several hills I never knew were there. Brunch in Uckfield and then really struggled back, a couple of 18%s did for my legs but the rejuvenating power of Haribo told for the last leg. Once on the well know roads between Orpington and Home I managed to raise my average from 13.1mph to 13.4mph. 9 Hours 48 in total. March done. Next hard one is November

    03/04/16
    To Brighton and back via Ditchling Beacon and Devil's Dyke. No real issues and a 15.1mph average over 120 miles in 7 hours 54..

    08/05/16

    With thanks to the jury. I set off to do the Hop Garden 200 but it went badly wrong. Please see chat thread for details.

    Home to Meopham to Hythe and then across the Romney marsh. I then parted company with the ride and headed for Ashford to get the train hitting Ashford with 96.1 in 6 hrs 21. A train ride to Bromley and 7.79 miles to home in 30 mins brought a total of 103.89 in 6 hrs 51 of moving time. Lelly did let me down for the first time by slipping her chain on a short steep climb. It could have ended worse so she's been forgiven

    05/06/16

    To Herne Bay with @ianrauk 127 miles including Hollingbourne Hill in 8 hrs 9 mins which is15.5 mph. Shoulders and back hurt before I set off. Painkillers and Ian got me home

    03/07/16

    To Brighton to meet up with other centurions. 120 miles in 7 hrs 43. Cramps still an issue

    6/8/16

    Down to Ashford with @ianrauk to join @Hill Wimp ride around the marsh. Great day out but. I left early. 121 miles on the clock by home in 7.48
     
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  9. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    9 January. Century 136, 1st of 2016.

    Whitstable and back with the gang. Dartford, Gravesend, Rochester, Sittingbourne, Faversham and Whitstable. Return leg back to Faverhsam, then A2 all the way to Strood before retracing my steps.

    101.7 miles, 14.3mph, Enigma Etape.

    7 February. Century 137. 2nd of 2016.

    Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, GoudhurSt, Benenden, Rye, Camber, Lydd, Tenterden, Biddenden, Staplehurst, Marden. Stiff winds all day, especially coming north over the marshes - was blown sideways on more than one occasion.

    103.6 miles. 14.7mph. Enigma Etape (on its fifth birthday)

    12 March. Century 139. 4th of 2016

    Dartford, Erith, Woolwich, Greenwich, Westminster, Aldgate, Bow, Barking, Rainham, Grays, Vange, Hadleigh, Thurrock, Rainham, Dagenham, Woolwich ferry, Eltham. All the nice places in fact. Spring is in the air!

    105.6 miles. 16.04mph. Cannondale Synapse

    23 April. Century 141. 6th of 2016

    FNRttC Whitstable edition, following the classic route - home to London, Greenwich, Woolwich, Dartford, Gravesend, Rochester, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable, and a return pretty much by the same route.

    119.5 miles. 12.8mph rolling. Enigma Etape.

    1 May. Century 142. 7th of 2016

    Solo ride to Ashford and back. Bexley, Orpington, Otford, Pilgrim's Way to Wrotham, Ightham, Plaxtol, Hadlow, Headcorn, Great Chart, Ashford. Return via the same route, with some minor variations.

    110.5 miles. 15.9mph rolling. Cannondale Synapse.

    5 June. Century 144. 9th of 2016.

    Unintended solo ride to Ashford and back. Exactly the same route as May.

    110.6 miles. 15.7mph rolling. Enigma Etape.

    10 July. Century 148. 13th of 2016

    CTC triennial veterans 2016 ride out of Golden Green. 4 loops at a gentle, conversational pace, plus the ride there (and to the station for the return).

    137 miles. 13.4 rolling. Enigma Etape.

    6 August. Century 151. 16th of 2016

    Solo ride to Whitstable and back using the FNRttC route. Dartford - Gravesend - Rochester - Sittingbourne - Fversham - Whitstable. Back exactly the same way. First ride on Cannondale since new rear mech fitted after losing it on the last FNRttC. All good. Had a bad patch between 60 and 75 miles, then got my second wind. 104.2 miles, 15.7mph rolling, Cannondale Synapse 3.

    4 September. Century 153. 18th of 2016

    Up to the Oval, then south via Brixton, Streatham, Croydon, Redhill, Horley, Balcombe, Cuckfield to Burgess Hill for breakfast. Return via Handcross, Turners Hill, Lingfield, Edenbridge, Toys Hill, Polhill, Orpington and Sidcup. Strong winds and rolling Sussex roads made for hard work. 105.7 miles, 15.2moh rolling. Cannondale Synapse.

    2 October. Century 154. 19th of 2016


    Whitstable with @ianrauk for breakfast. Dartford, Gravesend, Rochester, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable, and a return pretty much by the same route.

    106.4 miles. 15.7mph rolling. Enigma Etape.

    6 November. Century 155. 20th of 2016

    London to Brighton veteran car run. Up to Hyde Park, then south down the A23 mingling with the cars to Crawley for a bacon roll and cup of tea. Eastwards home via Turners Hill, Edenbridge, Ide Hill, Otford, Eynsford, Farningham and Dartford. Top day - cold to start, but home well before the rain came.

    101.5 miles. 14.3mph rolling. Thorn Audax Mk3.

    3 December. Century 156. 21st of 2016

    Dartford, Billericay, Maldon, Tiptree. Return via a slightly more northerly route, but crossing the Thames via the Tilbury Ferry, so home via Gravesend. Riding with @ianrauk and @Trickedem. Biggest ever Full English at a cafe on Tiptree High Street.

    106.2 miles, 14.8mph rolling. Enigma Etape.
     
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  10. https://www.strava.com/activities/470942343

    Southampton, Alton, Farnham, Guildford, West Meon ( where the phone died ), Eastleigh ( where I revived it ), Southampton. 119 miles ( 12 of which went missing), 8:11 total time.

    119 miles | 15th January |

    https://www.strava.com/activities/496408313

    Southampton, Fareham, Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton, Wickham, Southampton.

    102 miles | 18th February

    https://www.strava.com/activities/508530738

    4th March | 134 miles

    134 miles Southampton, Chichester, Bognor Regis, Littlehampton, Worthing, Brighton, and home.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/543324064

    12th April | 104 miles

    104 miles Southampton, Alton, Farnham, Guildford, West Meon, Bishops Waltham, Fair Oak.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/567500672

    6th May | 103 miles.

    Southampton, Andover, Newbury, Kings Sombourne, Winchester, Fair oak, Southampton.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/598340058

    4th June | 109 miles.

    Southampton, Chichester, Bognor, Barnham, Littlehampton, back again.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/629066981/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-GB

    3rd July | 135 miles.

    Southampton, Brighton, back again.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/6...-488E-9707-6115CE3E33D3?hl=en-GB&v=1470253499

    3rd August | 104 miles

    Eastleigh to Basingstoke, via Medstead, Ellison Green and Cliddeston. Then back.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/697985746/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-GB&v=1472833775

    2nd September | 102 miles.

    Upham to Littlehampton, via Portsdown Hill, and Chichester and Bognor Regis, then back again.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/7...-4484-85DC-2BF217238E6D?hl=en-GB&v=1475945817

    8th October 2016 | 102 miles.

    Upham to Beaulieu, Brockenhurst, Sway, Bournemouth, Romsey, and back to Upham.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/766790595/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-GB&v=1478368887

    5th November 2016 | 104 miles (and the rest).

    Upham, Wickham, Fareham, Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton, Portsdown hill, Hamble, Southampton, Upham


    https://www.strava.com/activities/791598409/shareable_images/map_based?hl=en-GB&v=1480703505

    2nd Dec 2016 | Littlehamp(TON)| 102 miles

    Upham, Wickham, Fareham, Emsworth, Chichester. Bognor, Littlehampton, Chichester, Fareham, Southampton, Eastleigh, Upham.

    2016 Challenge completed.
     
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  11. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    17/1/16
    Portsmouth-Havant-Petersfield-Midhurst-Petworth-Billingshurst-Storrington-Chichester-Havant-Portsmouth. 100.45 miles in 8:32 (8:22 moving, 10:01 elapsed), rolling average of 12.0 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    23/2/16
    Portsmouth-Denmead (twice-forgot the bottles first time!)-Hambledon-Alresford-Micheldever-Whitchurch and reverse. 100.54 miles in 9:07 (9:00 moving, 11:09 elapsed), rolling average of 11.2 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    6/3/16
    Portsmouth-Bishops Waltham-Winchester-Hurstbourne Tarrant-Whitchurch-Overton-East Meon-Waterlooville-Portsmouth. 104.65 miles in 9:23 (10:25 elapsed), rolling average of 11.6 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    1/4/16
    Portsmouth-Denmead-Hambledon-Alresford-Medstead-Lasham-Farnham-Puttenham-Guildford-Woking-Ripley-Ockham-Cobham-Esher-Kingston-Putney-Vauxhall-Blackfriars-Smithfield. 105.76 miles in 8:09 (7:56 moving, 9:09 elapsed), rolling average of 13.3 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    1/5/16
    Brussels-Aalst-Gent-Brugge-Ostend on Els' FNRttK (we started at 2340 on 30/4, but I reset the Garmin's recording after midnight, after we'd ridden less than a mile). After breakfast/brunch (didn't eat until 11ish!) I rode on to Poperinge and my overnight stop via Nieuwpoort, Veurne and Alveringem. 128.82 miles (from midnight CET) in 12:39 (11:19 moving, 16:50 elapsed), moving average 11.4 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    4/6/16
    My Night Ride Around The Coast- 69 miles around the IOW- followed after breakfast and ferry home by a loop towards Chichester and back. 103.41 miles in 8:37 (8:11 moving, 13:16 elapsed), moving average 12.6 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    3/7/16
    To Brighton and back by my usual route (Havant-Chichester-Barnham-Worthing) for the centurions (and guest riders) meet up. 100.29 miles in 7:36 (7:25 moving, 9:39 elapsed), moving average 13.5 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    14/8/16
    Portsmouth-Horndean-(eventually..included short stretch on A3..!!) Petersfield-Haslemere-Petworth-Billingshurst-Arundel-Chichester-Havant-Portsmouth. 102.3 miles in 8:38 (8:32 moving, 9:51 elapsed), moving average 12.0 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    14/9/2016
    Most of a 200km DIY by GPS (I was principally concerned with getting imperial ton). Aachen-Monschau-Warnes-Malmedy-Stavelot-Stoumont-Esneux-Liege. 100.6 miles in 7:45 rolling (9:49 elapsed), 13 mph rolling average. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    2/10/16
    Portsmouth-Denmead-Hambledon-Alresford-Micheldever Station-Whitchurch-Andover-Stockbridge-Romsey-Chilworth-Bursledon-Fareham-Farlington-Portsmouth. 100.22 miles in 8:12 (7:18 rolling, 9:39 elapsed), 13.7 mph rolling average. Viner Magnifica.

    13/11/16
    Portsmouth-Denmead-Hambledon-Alresford-Whitchurch-Oakley-Alresford and reverse. 100.15 miles in 8:52 (7:36 moving, 10:08 elapsed), 13.2 mph rolling average. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    11/12/16
    Portsmouth-Wickham (twice, bottle amnesia again!)-Botley-Hedge End-Eastleigh-Romsey-Winchester-Alresford-Hambledon-Waterlooville-Portsmouth. Lost about 5 miles on the Garmin due to forgetting to start it after a stop- 95.06 miles on the track, though, in 9:42 elapsed. Rolling average 11.7 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.
     
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  12. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    23rd January
    105.0 miles Moving time 6hrs 50 minutes, average speed 15.4mph
    Leicester, Kibworth, Fleckney, Bruntingthorpe, North and South Kilworth, Stanford, Cold Ashby, West Haddon, Yelvertoft, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Frolesworth, Stoney Stanton, Earl Shilton Sutton Cheney, Shenton, Market Bosworth, Barton in the Beans, Odstone, Merry Lees, Ratby, Groby, Ansty (waved at @13 rider house) Leicester
    https://www.strava.com/activities/476600042

    20th February
    104.0 miles Moving time 7hrs 6 minutes, average speed 14.6mph.
    Leicester, Wistow, Kilby, Fleckney, Kibworth, Wistow, Great Glen, Billesdon, Kibworth-Wistow-Kilby-Fleckney-Kibworth loop x 3, Saddington, Arnesby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Gilmorton, Cosby, Littlethorpe, Whetstone, Leicester city centre and home
    https://www.strava.com/activities/497714831

    13th March
    104.46 miles, moving time 6hrs 46 minutes, average speed 15.4mph.
    Leicester, Wistow, Kilby, Fleckney, Billesdon, Tur Langton, Hallaton, Medbourne, Weston By Welland, Welham, Thorpe Langton, Great Bowden, Foxton, West Langton, Kibworth, Fleckney, Arnseby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, North Kilworth, South Kilworth, Stanford on Avon, Clay Coton, Lilbourne, Rugby, reverse route back to Kimcote, Gilmorton, Countersthorpe and Home.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/516126990

    20th April

    105.33 miles, moving time 6hrs 40 minutes, average speed 15.77mph.
    Leicester, Kilby, Fleckney, Great Glen, Billesdon, Tur Langton, Hallaton, Medbourne, Weston By Welland, Welham, Thorpe Langton, Kibworth, Fleckney, Arnseby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Sharnford, Earl Shilton, Kirkby Mallory, Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon, Desford, Ratby, Groby, Newtown Linford, Anstey and finish at work
    https://www.strava.com/activities/551216743

    14th May
    107.29 miles, moving time 6hrs 55 minutes, average speed 15.50mph.
    Leicester, South Wigston, Newton Harcourt, Kibworth Harcourt, Saddington, Smeeton Westerby, Kibworth Beauchamp, Wistow, Kilby, Fleckney, Arnseby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Claybrookes, Frolesworth, Ashby Parva, Gilmorton, Ashby Magna, Cosby, Littlethorpe, Whetstone, Fosse Park, Abbey Park, Watermead Park, home

    https://www.strava.com/activities/575611538

    08th June
    112.55 miles, moving time 6hrs 49 minutes, average speed 16.51mph
    Leicester, Kilby, Fleckney, Great Glen, Billesdon, Tur Langton, Hallaton, Medbourne, Weston By Welland, Welham, Thorpe Langton, Kibworth, Fleckney, Arnseby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Sharnford, Earl Shilton, Kirkby Mallory, Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon, Desford, Ratby, Groby, Newtown Linford, Anstey, Rothley, Birstall and finish at work

    https://www.strava.com/activities/602583409

    06th July 2016
    127.95 miles, moving time 7hrs 56 minutes, average speed 16.1mph
    Leicester Newton Harcourt, Kibworth Beachamp, Saddinton, Kibworth, Fleckney, Arnesby, Upper Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Frolesworth, Asby Parva, Gilmorton, Dunton Bassett, Cosby, Littlethorpe, Leicester (Abbey Park and Watermead), Cossington, Thrussington, Hoby, Frisby, Gaddesby, Kirby Bellars, Wartnaby, Seagrave, Sileby, Mountsorrel, Leicester

    https://www.relive.cc/view/631928884 (yes there is a spelling mistake - I was knackered when I uploaded it!)

    https://www.strava.com/activities/631928884

    06th August 2016
    107.36 miles, moving time 6hrs 23 minutes, average speed 16.8mph
    Leicester, Fleckney, Great Glen, Burton Overy, Billesdon, Tur Langton, Hallaton, Medbourne (including Neville Holt climb!) Great Bowden, Gumley, Kibworth, Fleckney, South Kilworth, Catthorpe, Swinford, Lutterworth, Frolesworth, Gilmorton, Home.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/666370917

    04th September 2016
    111.09 miles, moving time 6hrs 47 minutes, average speed 16.4mph
    Leicester, Newton Harcourt, Kibworth Harcourt, Fleckney, Arnesby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Gilmorton, Dunton Bassett, Frolesworth, Sapcote, Earl Shilton, Kirkby Mallory, Market Bosworth, Stoke Golding, Fenny Drayton, Warton, Austrey, Orton on the Hill, Twycross, Snarestone, Newton Burgoland, Barton in the Beans, Market Bosworth, Newbold Verdon, Desford, Ratby, Groby, Anstey, Thurcaston, Leicester

    https://www.strava.com/activities/700230732

    15th October 2016
    111.77 miles, moving time 7hrs 11 minutes, average speed 15.6pmh
    Leicester, Newton Harcourt, Kibworth Harcourt, Fleckney, Arnesby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Lutterworth, Gilmorton, Cosby, Littlethorpe, Leicester, Cossington, Sileby, Seagrave, Old Dalby, Willoughby on the Wolds, Barrow, Quorn, Woodhouse Eaves, Swithland, Thurcaston, Anstey, Groby, Ratby, Desford, Thurlaston, Huncote, Narborough, Leicester.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/745244441

    13th November 2016
    111.81 miles, moving time 7hrs 20 minutes, average speed 15.2mph
    Leicester, South Wigston, Wigston, Newton Harcourt, Great Glen, Billesdon, Tur Langton, East Langton, Kibworth Harcourt, Fleckney, Arnesby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Frolesworth,Sharnford, Earl Shilton, Huncote, Enderby, Leicester Forest East, Leicester, Cossington, Sileby, Seagrave, Nice Pies Cafe, Seagrave, Sileby, Mountsorrel, Rothley, Leicester.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/774407129

    03rd December 2016
    105.84 miles, moving time 7hrs 3 minutes, average speed 15.0mph
    Leicester, South Wigston, Wigston, Newton Harcourt, Great Glen, Billesdon, Tur Langton, East Langton, Kibworth Harcourt, Fleckney, Arnesby, Bruntingthorpe, Walton, Kimcote, Lutterworth, Ullesthorpe, Gilmorton, Leicester, Cossington, Sileby, Seagrave, Nice Pies Cafe, Seagrave, Sileby, Cossington, Leicester

    https://www.strava.com/activities/792319686
     
    Last edited: 3 Dec 2016
  13. Saturday 23 Jan Surrey - Kent Flatlands
    West Wickham - Godstone - Newdigate - Lingfield - Tonbridge - Yalding - Otford 103 miles RideWithGPS

    Sunday 7 Feb Beacon and Back
    West Wickham - Godstone - Ardingly - Ditchling Beacon - Plumpton - Ardingly - Gangers Hill - Hayes. 101 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Tuesday 29 March To Whitstable
    West Wickham - Godstone - Lingfield - Tonbridge - Yalding - Hollingbourne - Faversham - Whitstable. 101 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Friday 8th April Bigfoot CC Hot X Buns Ride
    Addington - Turners Hill - Ardingly - Ditchling Beacon - Brighton - Turners Hill - Gangers Hill - Addington. 101 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Sunday 15 May Islington CC Audax "The Great Escape"

    Old Street - Great Dunmow - Great Bardfield - Helions Bumpstead - Howlett End - Old St. 127 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Sunday 5 June "The Ditchling Devil" Audax
    Wimbledon, Turner's Hill, Ditchling Beacon, Devil's Dyke, Upper Beeding, Chiddingford, Combe Lane, Richmond. 125 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Friday 1 July Tour de France 2016 stage 1 route.
    Mont St Michel, Granville, Lessay, Utah Beach. 121 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Saturday 7th August Double ton
    SE4, Lingfield, Tonbridge, Hythe Dungeness, Rye, Tonbridge, Four Elms, Hayes 207 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Sunday 9th September a Kent Loop

    SE4 Farningham, Dartford, Rochester, Faversham, Headcorn, Tonbridge, Four Elms, Hayes. 121 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Saturday 1st Oct 100 miles + 100 km
    SE4,Turner's Hill, Ardingly, Hailsham, Hastings, Rye, Tonbridge, Four Elms, Hayes 164 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Saturday 5th Nov Harpenden Ride with Kajsa and Steve
    Harpenden, Thame, Harpenden, St Albans 100 miles
    RideWithGPS

    Saturday 3rd Dec The Horse of Kent
    SE4, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Yalding,Horsmonden, Goudhurst, S. of Tunbridge Wells, Sevenoaks 108 miles
    RideWithGPS
     
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  14. tatr

    tatr Well-Known Member

    Sat 23rd Jan
    First ride of the year. Left from Braintree and joined the Dick Turpin's Day Out 200k Audax at Great Dunmow. Saffron Walden, Acton, Debenham, Walsham le Willows, Sudbury then broke off to return to Braintree station. 131 miles in 8:57 and I had to stand up cycling home from Liverpool Street Station. New Eddington Number 39.

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    Sat 27th Feb
    Only opportunity for a long ride in February and the weather co-operated. Commuted part of the way home from a meeting Leeds via Thorne, Lincoln, Sleaford, Thurlby, Peterborough where I ran out of daylight. 140 miles in 8:38. New Eddington number 41. Wrong turnings = 2. Unnecessary hills = 1.

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    Sun 14 Mar
    Pootled around the London-Oxford-London Audax with a friend and then cycled home. I do not like the Uxbridge road. Ruislip, Quainton, Oxford, Didcot, Chinnor, Ruislip, London. 147 miles in 10:42. Eddington number still 41.

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    Sat 9 Apr

    A very hilly Audax. London to the sea and back via Brasted, Crowborough, Seaford, Mayfield and every hill in Kent. Ouch. 140 miles in 9:49. New Eddington number 44. Wrong turnings = 1.

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    Sun 1 May
    Nice day out in the sunshine. London to Haslemere to meet friends, then a stunning 65 mile loop over the South Downs and back through Hindhead. 109 miles in 7:15. Eddington number still 44.

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    Sun 5 Jun
    4th home on the Ditching Devil. London to Brighton and back via a bacon roll stop, ice cream stop, pasta stop, and a double cake stop. 142 miles in 8:30. New Eddington number 45.

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    Sat 16th Jul
    The longest ride I've done by 75 miles, the Dun Run in both directions. Went via Sudbury and all the usual places on the way to Dunwich then detoured on the way back through Manningtree and Dedham to get the distance up to 400km. 255 miles in 16:30 and feeling surprisingly good at the end of it. In total this route had more climbing than the Shark Audax. Eddington Number has jumped to 48. Bacon rolls = 4.

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    Sat 20th Aug
    The Old Roads and Drove Roads Audax. Didcot to the lost village of Imber and back via the firing range on Sailsbury Plain, Warminster and Melksham. 160 miles in 11:30. Detours = 2. New words learned = 1. New Eddington Number = 49.

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    Sat 17th Sep
    Little meander through Wales. Haverfordwest to Newbury via St Davids, Brecon and The Severn Bridge. 240 miles in 18:50. Detours = 0. Descents all the way from Brecon to England = 1. New Eddington Number = 50.

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    Sat 29th Oct
    London to London via Chertsey, Windsor, Henley, Wallingford, Henley and Slough on a route I didn't bother checking. 125 miles in 8:40. Off-road sections = 3. Hours late home = 2. New Eddington Number = 53.

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    Sat 19th Nov
    2am start for London to Windsor, then back to London to pick up friends for a social cycle to Brighton via Chiddingfold. 140 miles in 10:00. Off-road sections = 0. Accidental A4 detours = 1. Eddington Number still 53.

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    Wed 28th Dec
    Loop of Singapore on a mix of cycle paths and 4 lane urban motorways (which are legal to cycle on). 130 miles in 9:00. Islands visited = 3. Temperature = lots. New Eddington Number = 54 for a total gain of 16 this year.

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  15. redfalo

    redfalo known as Olaf in real life

    Location:
    Brexit Boomtown
    January
    23/01 - 133 miles - DIY Audax from North London to Sudbury and back
    Highbury-Great Dunmow - Sudbury - outskirts of Chelmsford - Highbury . A great day out with @AKA Bob @Eddie_C , @mllond and - last but not least - @Michael Adu, who is cleary back in the game.

    February
    20/02 - 128 miles - DIY Audax from North London to Sudbury and back
    with @Gordon P and @Michael Adu. My usual route (Highbury-Great Dunmow - Sudbury - outskirts of Chelmsford - Highbury) . This was much harder work than a 200k ride in Essex ought to be, thanks to a relentless headwind on the way back, paired with three hours of cold rain. Type 2 fun for sure.

    March
    19/03 - 190 miles - The Dean 300k Audax
    First time for me at the AUK classic from Oxford to Chepstow and back via Malmesbury. I was expecting the ride with trepidation, as I had not ridden as much as I wanted in previous weeks for several reasons, and the forecasts for the night temperatures were frightening. I struggled primarily during the first 1 to 2 hours or so, but then got into my stride. Nice to see many familiar faces: @Michael Adu , @swarm_catcher and - only from the distance - @frank9755

    April
    30/04 - 189 miles - Green & Yellow Fields Audax
    After the Dean ordeal in March, I was seriously toying with the thought of ditching my RRtY as well as this challenge. But the GYF on the last day of April kept me well in the game. A delightful night out with @AKA Bob and - a nice surprise - @Michael Adu. Midnight start in Manningtree, north to the coast and back. A chilly night where temperatures allegedly dropped to - 2 degrees, followed by a dream-like dawn and a stunning sunrise. Very pleased that I cut my riding time compared to last year's GYF by 50 minutes or so.

    May
    28/5 - 381 miles - Three Steps to Severn Audax
    A fabulous ride from Macclesfield through mid-Wales to Chepstow, and back via the heart of England. Fantastic weather. I struggled a bit on 2nd day after snatching less than one hour of sleep at crowded Village Hall. Got my mojo bach around noon though.

    June
    10/05 - 126 miles - After Work Audax
    A first for this year: Left work early on a Friday afternoon, met @frank9755 at Canary Wharf and off we went through the glittering beauty of PM peak Romford into Essex. Roads were almost traffic free later, as everyone was glued to telly watching the opening match of Euro 2016. My fastest 200 so far.

    July
    08/07 - 137 miles - Solo DIY London-Newhaven-Brighton-Surrey Hills
    This ride was killing two birds with one stone: I recced the London-Newhaven route for the ride to Paris later this months (in daytime....) and then rode on to Brighton and back towards London following parts of the Ditchling Devil route via Devils Dyke and across the Surrey Hills. Jumped on a train at the M25 to avoid having to deal with London traffic twice in a day.

    August
    06/06 - 253 miles - Mini-LEL
    A joint adventure with @AKA Bob and @Trickedem : We took the 8.30am train from London to York, and then rode back to London joining the route of LEL 2017 north of Pocklington. A much harder ride than I expected it to be. I pulled a muscle in my back when lifting the bike after a puncture repair 40 miles in, and we had a fight a ferocious headwind in the Fens. Was very close to packing after 300km in Cambridge. 2nd RRtY and SR series done and dusted.

    September
    14/09 - 128 miles - 'Rest day' Audax
    What to do on the rest day of the Friday's 2016 tour to Cologne? Well, let's go for a ride! And boy, it was beautiful! A brilliantly planned route by @4x5 , following the fantastic Vennbahn Radweg and other traffic free, perfectly surfaced cycle paths as well as mostly fraffic free roads. We had some very challenging climbs too. Three countries in one day, too. with @Gordon P @Eddie_C @StuAff @4x5 @Michael Adu @Andrew Br

    Oktober
    01/10 - 178 miles - Richard Ellis Memorial...
    ... and a few bonus miles. Met up with @Eddie_C 5.45am and rode usual route to Great Dunmow. We enjoyed a fabulous sunrise and glorious morning mist. Richard Ellis Memorial 200 started at 8.30am, via Cambridge, Hawstead and Manningtree. Weather was much better than forecast (only one hour of rain - excluding commutes, my first wet ride since February!), but 2 visitations. Time to put the winter tyres on... Abandoned original idea of riding back home, instead we rode to Bishop's Strotford and took the train.

    November
    03/11 - 137 miles - Essex 3R + ECE
    A very civilised November ride. Met @Eddie_C and @Michael Adu at 6pm in Highbury and bit further up @alotronic . We rode 45 miles to Witham, had a 45 minutes breakfast at the Wetherspoons and then joined the Essex 3R 100km Audax, the first of Audax Club Mid-Essex' Winter Brevets. Back at the pub 3pm-ish, burger and pint, and then another 20 miles to Basildon, where we got on the train to That London. First proper outing of the Mercian, which - I'm happy to report - is a pure joy.

    December
    03/12 - 128 miles - Stansted Airport Express + ECE
    Audax Club Mid Essex' second winter brevet. Similar drill as in November: meetup with @Eddie_C and @Michael Adu in Highbury at 6am. A tweaked and slightly shorter route to Witham, Weatherspoons' breakfast. Hooked up with @AKA Bob for the 107 km Audax, late lunch at the 'spoons and ride back to Shenfield (much better than Basildon). Second long ride on the Mercian.
     
    Last edited: 4 Dec 2016
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