The 2018 Imperial Century A Month Challenge

Discussion in 'CycleChat Monthly Challenges' started by ianrauk, 17 Dec 2017.

  1. ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    Welcome to the 11th year of the Cycle Chat Imperial Century A Month Challenge.

    This thread is for the logging of your qualifying ride each month only.
    Please don't post anything else in this thread apart from your qualifying rides.


    It should eventually look like this one:
    2014 Century Register

    There is a Century A Month Chat thread here, for comments, planning 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 calendar 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 route description of your ride. (please don't just post a link to your ride, 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

    To make and add a heatmap picture of your 12 qualifying rides as below, you can use www.jonathanokeeffe.com linked to your Strava account.
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    A reminder of the rules:

    -A century is a single ride of at least 100.0 miles as measured on a reasonably accurate cycle computer. 99.9 miles or less is not a century.

    -Breaks/stops during the ride are permitted for refreshment/repairs/sightseeing etc but stops to sleep and stops at your home are not permitted.

    -A qualifying century cannot start before 0001hrs on the morning of the first day of the calendar month.

    -For qualifying rides ridden on the last day of the month: the 100.0 mile mark must have been passed by 2359.59 hrs on that day.

    -If you miss a month you are out of the challenge, no exceptions for any reason, riding more than one century in a month does not entitle you to miss a month in lieu.

    -Centuries ridden on rollers/turbo trainers/indoor velodromes do not count towards the challenge.

    Successful participants of the Cycle Chat Century A Month challenge are entitled to display a gold star full-d-1443009817-jpg.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. See you on the road.
     
  2. OP
    OP
    ianrauk

    ianrauk Tattooed Beat Messiah

    Location:
    Atop a Ti
    01/01/18 (C229) Kent loop with @Trickedem .
    Malling, Borough Green, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Tudely, Capel, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Iden Green, Sissinghurst, Biddenden, Brethersden, Pluckley, Headcorn, Marden, Yalding, Plaxtol, Malling and home.
    100.00 miles. 7.36.33 Riding Time. 13.1Avg. 4453ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 31.5mph. Planet X Hurricane Ti 2017.

    10/02/18 (C231) To Ashford and back.

    Malling, Borough Green, Igtham, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Beltring, Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden and Ashford. Same in return
    101.1 miles. 6.48.58 Riding Time. 14.8Avg. 2013ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 30mph. Planet X Hurricane Ti 2017.

    25/03/18 (C233) To Herne Bay and back
    Home, Teston, Yalding, Aylesford, Rochester, Gillngham, Lower Rainham, Upchurch, Iwade, Tonge, Faversham, Whistable, Herne Bay, Whitstable, Graveny, Painters Forstal, Eastling, Warren Street, Lenham, Hollingbourne, Detling, Sandling, Addington Lock, Maidstone, Barming.
    103.7 miles. 7.21.06 Riding Time. 14.11Avg. 7308ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 32.9mph. Van Nicholas Ventus Ti 2013.

    08/04/18 (C234) Man of Kent Audax
    Golden Green, Yalding, Coxheath, Lenham, Painters Forstal, Faversham, Chartham, Patrixbourne, Stable, Nonington, Elham, Lyminge, Lympne, New Romney, Ivychurch, Brenzett, Shadoxhurst, Brethersden, Headcorn, Staplehurst, Marden, Yalding, Golden Green.
    126.71miles. 7.59.28 Riding Time. 15.9avg, 4330 Elevation Gain. Max Speed 34.7mph. Planet X Hurricane Ti 2017.

    06/05/18 (C235) Kent loop
    Teston, Wateringbury, Burham, Ecclles, Rochester, Rainham, Sittingbourne, Favesham, Graveney, Whitstable, Crab & Winkle Way, Canterbury, Patrixbourne, Elham, Wye, Bridge, Charing, Bearsted, Aylesford,
    107.20 miles, 7:25:31 Riding Time, 14.44avg. 4,564ft Elevation Gain. Van Nicholas Ventus Ti 2013.

    03/06/18 (C237) Camber Sands and New Romney
    Malling, Borough Green, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Tudely, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Benenden, Rolvenden, Rye, Camber, Lydd, New Romney, Ivychurch, Bilsington, Shadoxhurst, Bethersden, Headcorn, Marden, Yalding, Wateringbury.
    113.3 miles, 6:59:52 Riding Time, 16.2ave, 4,485 Elevation Gain. Van Nicholas Ventus Ti 2013

    15/07/18 (C241) To Ashford and back.
    Malling, Borough Green, Igtham, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Beltring, Yalding, Marden, Staplehurst, Headcorn, Smarden and Ashford. Same in return but turned off at Yalding to head into Maidstone, then home.
    106.04 miles. 7:04:18 Riding Time. 15 Avg. 2252ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 34.6mph. Van Nicholas Ventus Ti 2013

    05/08/18 (C243) To Hadleigh and back
    Bromley, Catford, Vauxhall, Central London, eastwards, Dagenham, Rainham, Orsett, Horndon, Benfleet, Hadleigh, Benfleet, Stanford-Le-Hope, Grays, Dartford, Bexley, Sidcup, Bromley.
    100.19 miles. 6:41:26 Riding Time. 15 Avg. 1980ft Elevation Gain. Max Speed 38.8mph. Van Nicholas Ventus Ti 2013

    05/09/18 (C246) Brighton and back with Will
    Croydon, Purley, Merstham, Redhill, Horley, Gatwick, Crawley, Pease Pottage, Handcross, Ansty, Burgess Hill, Clayton Hill, Brighton, Sayers Common, Hickstead, Bolney, Handcross, Crawley, Gatwick, Horley, Redhill, Merstham, Purley, Croydon and home.
    116.26 miles. 7:19:09 Riding Time. 49.1mph Max Speed. Van Nicholas Ventus Ti.


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  3. 13 rider

    13 rider Veteran

    Location:
    leicester
    Jan 1st 110.8 miles
    Anstey ,Cossington ,Billesdon ,Lutterworth ,Monks Kirby ,Bedworth ,Nuneaton ,Sutton Cheney ,Desford ,Anstey
    Moving time 7.09.48 elevation 5275ft
    Feb 17th 103.5 miles
    Anstey ,Shepshed ,Melbourne ,Hilton ,Hatton ,Weston on Trent ,Shardlow ,Kegworth ,Willoughby on the Wolds ,Barrow ,Quorn ,Mountsorrel ,Anstey
    Moving time 6.45.42 elevation 3631ft
    March 11th 127.9 miles
    Anstey ,Loughborough ,Asfordby ,Long Bennington ,Coldeby ,Bardney , 50km loop back to Bardney ,Lincoln
    Moving time 8.13.38 elevation 3572ft
    April 1st ( no joke ) 115.4 miles
    Anstey ,Oaks in Chanwood ,Ashby de la South ,Sawlincote ,Burton on Trent ,Cotton in the Clay ,Marchington ,Uttoxeter ,Denstone for a cafe break ,Rochester ,Sudbury,Hatton ,Weston on Trent ,Shardlow, Kegworth, Loughborough ,Anstey
    Moving time 7.39.47 elevation 5533ft
    May 6th 103.1 miles
    Anstey ,Shepshed ,Melbourne ,Eggington ,Boylestone ,Tutbury ,Yoxall ,Harlaston ,Austry ,Cadeby ,Desford ,Anstey
    Moving time 6.13.08 elevation 4370ft
    June 3rd 100.3 miles
    Anstey ,Asfordby ,Long Clawson ,Bingham cafe Verde velo at Sceverton , Flintham ,Belvior ,Woolsthorpe ,Waltham on the Woods ,Nice pie cafe ,Barrow ,Silent ,Anstey
    Moving time 6.48.41 elevation 3284 1 puncture
    July 1st 105.1 miles
    Anstey,Cossington ,Plumtree ,Radcliffe on Trent ,Cafe Verde velo ,Cotgrave ,Kegworth ,Barrow ,Quorn ,Anstey
    Moving time 6.20.41 elevation 4009ft
    August 4th 106.1 miles
    Anstey ,Market Bosworth ,Wiggington ,Ashley ,Bedworth ,Astley ,Fenny Drayton ,Market Bosworth ,Redford ,Anstey
    Moving time 6.25.27 elevation 5324
    Sept 1st 125.1 miles
    Anstey ,Market Bosworth ,Higham on the hill ,Nuneaton ,Shilton ,Coventry ,Meridian ( the centre of England) ,Dordon ,Harlaston ,Fradley ,Lullington ,Measham ,Odestone ,Cathy ,Anstey
    Moving time 7.49.37 elevation 5793
     
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  4. Supersuperleeds

    Supersuperleeds Guru

    Location:
    Leicester
    Jan 01st (Century 81)
    125.8 miles, moving time 8hrs 16 minutes, average speed 15.2mph
    Leicester, Anstey, Cropston, Rothley, Syston, Billesdon, Tur Langton, Hallaton,Medbourne, Welham, Thorpe Langton, West Langton, Kibworth, Fleckney, Bruntingthorpe, Lutterworth, Claybrooke Parva, Monks Kirby, Harborough Magna, Brinklow, Shilton, Bulkington, Bedworth, Astley, Nuneaton, Higham on the Hill, Sutton Cheney, Kirkby Mallory, Desford, Ratby, Groby, Anstey, Leicester
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1336192549

    Feb 17th (Century 82)
    126.48 miles, moving time 8hrs 28 minutes, average speed 14.9mph
    Leicester, Anstey, Shepshed ,Melbourne ,Hilton ,Hatton ,Weston on Trent ,Shardlow ,Kegworth ,Willoughby on the Wolds ,Barrow ,Quorn ,Mountsorrel ,Anstey, Leicester.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1412239421

    Mar 11th (Century 83)
    134.92 miles, moving time 9hrs 07 minutes, average speed 14.8mph
    Leicester, Countesthorpe, Peatling Parva, Gilmorton, Leicester, Cossington, Thrussington, Hoby, Wartnaby, Long Clawson, Bottesford, Dry Doddington, Claypole, Bramdon, Brant Broughton, Coleby, Bardney, Minting, East Torrington, Snelland, Stainton by Langworth, Stainfield, Bardney, Lincoln.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1448269740

    Apr 01st (Century 86)
    128.49miles, moving time 9 hrs 09 minutes, average speed 14.0mph
    Leicester, Ansty, Cropston, Whitwick, Ashby, Overseal, Burton, Hanbury, Marchington, Uttoxeter, Withington, Hollington, Denstone, Marston Montgomery, Sudbury, Scropton, Hatton, Hilton, Willington, Barrow Upon Trent, Swarkestone, Shardlow, Kegworth, Kingston on Soar, Stanford on Soar, Loughborough, Quorn, Mountsorrel, Rothley, Leicester
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1483960992

    May 04th (Century 89)
    122.17 miles, moving time 7hrs 43 minutes, average speed 15.8mph
    Stapleford, Harmston, Metheringham, Woodall Spa, Bardney, Lincoln.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1549326069

    June 03rd (Century 92)
    127.45 miles, moving time 8hrs 54 minutes, average speed 14.3mph
    Leicester, Gilmorton, Leicester, Barkby, Syston, Cossington, Ashby Folville, Great Dalby, Stapleford, Saxby, Sproxton, Buckminster, Colsterworth, Lobthorpe, Swayfield, Corby Glen, Bitchfield, Old Somerby, Ropsley, Little Ponton, Stoxton, Denton, Harston, Woolsthorpe-by-Belvoir, Sedgebrook, Allington, Great Gonerby, Grantham
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1615386477

    July 01st (Century 96)
    127.06 miles, moving time 7hrs 48 minutes, average speed 16.3mph
    Leicester, Gilmorton, Ashby Magna, Blaby, Enderby, Leicester Forest East, Glenfield, Anstey, Cropston, Thurcaston, Rothley, Cossington, Sileby, Barrow upon Soar, Wymeswold, Plumtree, Bassingfield, Screveton, Scarrington, Granby, Langar, Colston Bassett, Cotgrave, Plumtree, Widmerpool, Willoughby on the Wolds, Barrow upon Soar, Quorn, Mountsorrel, Cropston, Anstey, Cropston, Thurcaston, Leicester

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1674108211

    August 04th (Century 104)
    125.74miles, moving time 7hrs 40 minutes, average speed 16.4mph
    Leicester, Enderby, Thurlaston, Peckleton, Market Bosworth, Twycross, Newton Regis, Shuttington, Clifton Campville, Hopwas, Hints, Middleton, Marston, Nether Whitacre, Brook End Old Artley, Astley, Bedworth, Astley, Nuneaton, Fenny Drayton, Shenton, Sutton Cheney, Market Bosworth, Desford, Ratby, Anstey, Cropston, Thurcaston, Leicester

    September 01st (Century 109)
    127.48miles, moving time 7hrs 48 minutes, average speed 16.3mph
    Leicester, Market Bosworth, Nuneaton, Brinklow, Brandon, Tollbar End, Gibber Hill, Burton Green, Meriden, Maxstoke, Whitacre Heath, Wood End, Polesworth, Clifton Campville, Fradley Junction, Edingale, Measham, Newton Burgoland, Odstone, Botcheston, Kirby Muxloe, Leicester

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    2018 Imperials
     
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  5. Trickedem

    Trickedem Veteran

    Location:
    Kent
    1st Jan 18 Kent loop with @ianrauk
    Strood, Halling, Borough Green, Plaxtol, Golden Green, Tudely, Capel, Brenchley, Horsmonden, Goudhurst, Iden Green, Sissinghurst, Biddenden, Brethersden, Pluckley, Headcorn, Marden, Yalding, Aylesford and home.
    100.6 miles. 8:10:19 Riding Time. 12.3 mph Avg. 4439ft Elevation Gain. Van Nicholas Yukon
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1336259156

    3rd Feb 18. Century with @rb58
    Strood, Cobham, Farningham, Eynsford, Shoreham, Titsey, Limpsfield, Dormandsland, Forest Row (breakfast), Hartfield, Groombridge, Frant, Lamberhurst, Horsmonden, Staplehurst, Paddock Wood, Yalding, Aylesford, Strood
    104.95miles, 8:25 Riding Time, 12.4mph average, 6560 ft climb. Pinnacle Pyrolite.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1389847468

    10th Mar 18. Kent Loop
    Strood, All Hallows, Southfleet, Eynsford, Sevenoaks, Hadlow, East Malling, Exedown Hill, Cyclopark, Strood
    102.41miles, 8:31:59 Riding Time, 12mph average, 5,699ft climb. Van Nicholas Yukon
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1446018687

    7th April 18. Kentish Glory
    Strood to Whitstable with the Fridays. Then Crab & Winkle to Canterbury. NCR 17 to Elham Valley, then back home via the A20 to Bearsted and then the new road to Peter's Village.
    101.4 miles, 8:54 riding time, 4,743 ft of climb.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1495029325

    19th May 18 Bryan Chapman Memorial
    Chepstow, Builth Wells, Llanidloes, Machynlleth, Dolgelleau, Harlech, Pen Y Pass, Bangor, Harlech, Dolgellau, Newtown, Llandrindod Wells, Abergavenny, Chepstow.
    374.8 miles, 32:08 moving time, 23, 733 ft of climb. 11.7mph Avg speed.
    www.strava.com/activities/1586724565

    2nd June Asparagus and Strawberries 400km Audax
    Manningtree, Ixworth, Halesworth, Damgate, Wells next the Sea, Brandon, Saffron Walden, Manningtree.
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1614501821

    259.61 miles, 18:45:04 riding time, 8,818 ft of climbing Avg Spd 13.8mph

    7th July Following the Fingers USA
    Watkins Glen, Dundee, Penn Yan, Rushville, Canandaigua, Manchester, Palmyra, Erie Canal Trail to Rochester NY.
    100.29 miles, 8:13 riding time, 3,746ft of climbing. on my Brompton
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1687560432

    12th Aug To London for the CycleChat Interesting Streets Ride
    Strood, Halling, Otford, Knockholt, Bromley, Hyde Park Corner, Stratford, Woolwich, Dartford, Strood
    101.41 mi,
    Elevation Gain
    4,807 ft, Moving Time
    Time
    8h 28
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1767578983

    11th Sep Speyer to Mettlach (Germany)
    Speyer, Kaiserslautern, Kubelberg, Sankt Wendel, Schmelz, Mettlach
    109.8 miles, 9:34 riding times, 7, 637ft climb, Avg Speed 11.5 mph, max 38 mph
    https://www.strava.com/activities/1835252971
     
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  6. Aravis

    Aravis Feeding Rough

    Location:
    Gloucester
    Yet another year older (57½). Usual bike Raleigh Pioneer Trail 4000 (c1993) reconfigured as a light tourer.

    January 2018 (C308): 5/1/18, A loop around Hereford via Bodenham, crossing the Wye at Bridge Sollars and Kerne Bridge. As with last January's version, seemed pretty hard going, but Strava isn't too dismissive of my efforts! Lots of mud early on, but the roads dried out remarkably well later. 104.74 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1342112873

    February 2018 (C310): 7/2/18, Down the A38 to Alveston, Severn Bridge, Caldicot. Magor Fen, Newport, Caerleon, Usk, Raglan, Symonds Yat, Newent, and wearily back to Gloucester. Very cold and very slow, but nothing dangerous. 111.47 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1396413162

    March 2018 (C312): 6/3/18, A gentle warm-up around Berkeley before climbing into the Cotswolds at Chipping Sodbury. Explored some unfamiliar roads around the upper Avon (the Bristol one) before heading home via the Water Park and the Stroud Valley. Lots of snow drifts but no blockages, apart from one railway bridge near Wootton Bassett which was flooded and spoilt my ride outline. 133.74 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1439290271

    April 2018 (C315): 5/4/18, A big loop through the Cotswolds twice and crossing one of the headwaters of the River Great Ouse near Banbury. Brilliantly sunny until quite late on. Winds extremely variable but well forecast. 136.11 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1491230911

    May 2018 (C318): 6/5/18, An ecclesiastically-based tour through Cheltenham, Pershore, Worcester, Malvern, Hereford, Tewkesbury and Gloucester. Swelteringly hot early spring bank holiday weekend which was being enjoyed by millions. 123.24 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1554055346

    June 2018 (C323): 6/6/18, A figure-of-eight loop roughly following the Severn Valley, then crossing the Clent and Lickey Hills before heading back south. Nice views of Birmingham, but it could have been clearer. 131.67 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1621072049

    July 2018 (C327): 10/7/18, A big clockwise loop through Herefordshire and south Shropshire. Out to Weobley before heading across to Ludlow, skirting the town to the south. Then bisecting the Clee Hills, followed by more climbing before picking up the Severn at Worcester. 135.31 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1693490888

    August 2018 (C329): 2/8/18, Into Herefordshire via Newent and Ross, then following the Monnow to Pontrilas via Garway. Standard route to the Severn Bridge via A465, Abergavenny and Usk, then back to Gloucester along the eastern side of the estuary. 120.39 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1744919279

    August 2018 (C333): 6/9/18, A one-way ride from Gloucester to Northampton via Meriden and Warwick University. Almost exclusively minor roads in the later stages through the northernmost section of the the Cotswolds, previously unridden territory. 117.40 miles.

    https://www.strava.com/activities/1824084562
     
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  7. Ajax Bay

    Ajax Bay Veteran

    Location:
    East Devon
    5 Jan 18: 100 miles + 4445 feet: Exmouth, Crediton, Winkleigh, Chulmleigh, Witheridge, Tiverton, Powderham, Exmouth
    9 Feb 18: 101 miles and 3412 feet: Exmouth, Budleigh, Churchinford, Uffculme, Tiverton, Dawlish Warren, Exe estuary trail to Exmouth
    25 Mar: 130 miles and 8513 feet: (Dorset Coast) Wareham, Hamworthy, Poole, Sandbanks, ferry, Studland, Corfe Castle, West Lulworth, Broadmayne, Weymouth, Abbotsbury, Bridport, Chideock, Wootton Fitzpaine, Axminster, Sector hill, Marshwood, Bradpole, Powerstock, Martinstown, Dochester, Tincleton, Wareham. 9:25 in benign conditions: light northerly and 4 up to 10 degrees C.
    8 Apr: 130 miles and 8200 feet: (delayed Mad March 200) Exeter, Winkleigh, North Molton, up and over Exmoor, Holford, over Quantocks, Culmstock, Exeter
    26 May: 126 miles and 7,579 feet: Honiton, Exeter, Okehampton, Exbourne, Iddesleigh, High Bickington, Barnstaple, South Molton, B3227, Wiveliscombe, over Quantocks, Bridgwater. About 9 hours overall.
    17 Jun: 115 miles and 4927 feet: Chippenham, Pewsey, Whitchurch, Alton, Hindhead, Godalming, East Horsley, Wimbledon
    15 Jul: 126 miles and 7503 feet: Shore to Moors audax: Newton Abbot, Dawlish Warren, Exeter, Tiverton, Rackenford, Hatherleigh, Princetown, Moretonhampstead, Newton Abbot
    17 Aug: 132 miles and 5456 feet: Uffculme, Taunton, Langport, Bruton, Warminster, Pewsey, Hungerford, Didcot, Dorchester-on-Thames 8:10 moving; 16.8mph moving average (tailwind)
    15 Sep: 107 miles and 8533 feet: Devon's north coast from Exmoor - Simonsbath, Lynton, VoR, Combe Martin, Ilfracombe, Croyde, Barnstaple, Bideford, Tarka Trail past Great Torrington, Merton, South Molton, Simonsbath. 8:11 moving time.
     
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  8. StuAff

    StuAff Silencing his legs regularly

    Location:
    Portsmouth
    6/1/18
    Eastbourne-Bexhill-Polegate-Wilmington-Litlington-Seaford-Newhaven-Brighton-Shoreham-Worthing-Littlehampton-Barnham-Chichester-Havant-Portsmouth. 101.3 miles in 10:14 (8:33 moving, 11:13 elapsed), moving average 11.8 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    17/2/18
    Portsmouth-Wickham-Bishops Waltham-Colden Common-Timsbury-West Dean-Salisbury and reverse (plus a few little wiggles for extra mileage). 100.27 miles in 9:16 (9:06 moving, 10:25 elapsed), moving average 11.0 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    13/3/18
    Portsmouth-Wickham-Colden Common-Winchester-Stockbridge-Middle Wallop-Andover-Whitchurch-Alresford-Hambledon-Denmead-Portsmouth. 100.32 miles in 9:55 (7:14 moving, 11:05 elapsed), moving average 10.1 mph. Litespeed T5 Gravel.

    22/4/18
    Portsmouth-Wickham-Bishops Waltham-Colden Common-Winchester-Houghton-East Tytherley-West Dean-Salisbury-reverse to East Tytherley-Romsey-Hedge End-Fareham-Portsmouth. 100.26 miles in 8:15 (7:15 moving, 9:24 elapsed), moving average 12.1 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    9/5/18
    Portsmouth-Denmead-Hambledon-Alresford-Micheldever Station-Whitchurch-Overton-North Waltham-Axford-Alresford-Denmead-Havant-Portsmouth. 100.1 miles in 8:25 (7:10 moving, 9:50 elapsed), moving average 12.0 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    3/6/18
    Portsmouth-Havant-Chichester-Barnham-Littlehampton-Worthing-Shoreham-Brighton and reverse. 100.43 miles in 7:54 (7:36 moving, 9:12 elapsed), moving average 13.2 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    1/7/18
    Portsmouth-Havant-Chichester-Barnham-Littlehampton-Worthing-Shoreham-Brighton and reverse. Again. 101.58 miles in 8:17 (7:57 moving, 9:20 elapsed), moving average 12.5 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    5/8/18
    Clapham Junction-HPC via elongated route to meet up with Ross, Nick, Mark and Ian, then to Hadleigh Park via Shoreditch, Victoria Park, Olympic Park, East Ham, Barking, Dagenham, Hornchurch, South Ockenden, Orsett, Stanford-le-Hope and Pitsea. Return with Ross and Ian (as far as the Dartford Crossing) via Stanford-le-Hope, Grays, Purfleet, Dagenham, Beckton, Poplar, Whitechapel, Waterloo, down to Brixton and back to Waterloo, then Camberwell and back to Waterloo for train home. 100.84 miles in 8:42 (7:17 moving, 10:05 elapsed), moving average 12.6 mph. Viner Magnifica.

    2/9/18
    Portsmouth-Havant-Chichester-Barnham-Littlehampton-Worthing-Brighton and reverse. 100.17 miles in 8:35 (8:20 moving, 9:39 elapsed), moving average 12.0 mph. Viner Magnifica.
     
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  9. rb58

    rb58 Enigma

    Location:
    Bexley, Kent
    9 January 2018. Century 183 overall.
    London Bridge, Docklands, Barking, Dagenham, Orsett, Pitsea, Hadleigh, Southend, then back by much the same route to the Woolwich ferry.

    102.2 miles. 13.5mph rolling. Enigma Etape.

    3 February 2018. Century 184.
    Farningham, Eynsford, Shoreham, Titsey, Limpsfield, Dormandsland, Forest Row (breakfast), Hartfield, Groombridge, Frant, Lamberhurst, Horsmonden, Yalding, Hadlow, Plaxtol, Otford, Eynsford, Dartford, Bexley.

    101.4 miles, 13.3mph rolling. Enigma Etape. Rained all day.

    21 March. Century 186.
    Dartford, Gravesend, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Whitstable (breakfast), the back via much the same route other than a different way through Sittingbourne and Gravesend.

    105 miles. 13.9mph rolling. Enigma Etape. Tough headwind for the return leg, otherwise, a sunny day.

    6 April. Century 187.
    Friday Night Ride to the Coast: Whitstable edition.
    Home to London, then Greenwich, Woolwich, Plumstead, Crayford, Dartford, Gravesend, Higham, Strood, Rochester, Lower Rainham, Sittingbourne, Faversham, Seasalter, Whitstable. Back via the same route to Rochester where I jumped the train to Dartford.

    116 miles, 13.2mph rolling. Enigma Etape. Warm night, a sprinkling of rain towards the end. Freehub started screaming.

    1 May. Century 190.
    Sidcup > Polhill > Otlford > Pilgrims Way > Ightham > Plaxtol > Hadlow > Headcorn > Smarden > Ashford, then returning via much the same route, but scaling the greensand ridge and the north downs via Seal > Kemsing > Otford > Eynsford > Horton Kirby > Dartford > Sidcup.

    112.5 miles, 15mph rolling. Cannondale Synapse. Cool, breezy, loads of flooded roads.

    5 June. Century 192
    Sidcup > Gravesend > Higham > Rochester > Sittingbourne (aaargh!) > Faversham > Whitstable > Herne Bay. And return to Rochester.

    100.2 miles. 14.5mph rolling. Troublesome headwind for the first 60 miles, which was particularly bad from Faversham to Herne Bay.

    11 July. Century 196
    Sidcup > Dartford > Billericay > Maldon > Tiptree. Brekkie at The Exchange, then return via a slightly more northerly route.

    100.5 miles. 15.8mph rolling. Headwind there, tailwind back. Enigma Etape - with gears badly out of adjustment.

    1 August. Century 197.
    Solo run down to Whitstable as both a qualifying ride, and a recce for the next FNRttC. Usual route:

    Sidcup > Dartford > Gravesend > Rochester > Sittingbourne > Faversham > Whitstable. Return via much the same route, with a few minor changes, in particular taking the top road through Higham for the fabulous views.

    107.1 miles. 14.6mph rolling. Strengthening headwind for the return. Enigma Etape.

    14 September. Century 200.
    Mons to Dunkerque, as part of the Basel to Dunkerque tour.

    Mons > Tournai > Roubaix > Ypres > Dunkerque

    100.1 miles, 12.0mph rolling. Thorn Audax Mk3.
     
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  10. Rickshaw Phil

    Rickshaw Phil Overconfidentii Vulgaris Moderator

    I'm back for my third go at the challenge.

    10-January-2018: An anti clockwise loop round mid & north Shropshire. Lyth Hill, Condover, Acton Burnell, Cardington, Hughley, Cressage, Upton Magna, Shawbury, Wem, Colemere, Ellesmere, Gobowen, Oswestry, Maesbrook, Melverley, Prince's Oak, Westbury, Edge, Exfords Green, Condover and home. Ride Report. 102.95 miles at 12.5 mph average

    2-February-2018: A clockwise loop round North Shropshire. Condover, Exfords Green, Pontesbury, Minsterley, Westbury, Prince's Oak, Melverley, Maesbrook, Oswestry, Gobowen, Ellesmere, Colemere, Lyneal, Northwood, Prees, Ightfield, Calverhall, Longford, Market Drayton, Eaton-on-Tern, High Ercall, Withington, Upton Magna, Atcham, Cross Houses, Condover, Lyth Hill & home. Ride Report. 101.59 miles. 13 mph average.

    13-March-2018: A clockwise loop round mid & south Shrophire plus bits of Herefordshire & Powys. Condover, Upton Magna, Wroxeter, Cressage, Longville, Peaton, Ludlow, Pipe Aston, Adforton, Bucknell, Hopton Castle, Lydbury North, Bishop's Castle, Montgomery, Chirbury, Westbury, Nox, Lea Cross, Exford's Green, Condover and home. Ride Report. 102.69 miles. 12.7 mph average

    8-April-2018: An anti-clockwise loop round mid and north Shropshire. Condover, Acton Burnell, Cardington, Hughley, Kenley, Cound Moor, Cressage, Wroxeter, Upton Magna, Withington, High Ercall, Cold Hatton, Stoke-on-Tern, Market Drayton, Longford, Longslow, Calverhall, Ightfield, Prees, Northwood, Welshampton, Coptiviney, Ellesmere, Lower Hordley, Baschurch, Little Ness, Montford Bridge, The Quarry - Shrewsbury, Meole Brace and home. Ride Report. 103.2 miles. 13.1 mph average

    4-May-2018: A trip to Lake Vyrnwy and back via the longer routes both ways. Condover, Minsterley, Westbury, Melverley, Maesbrook, Llynclys, up the Tanat Valley to Pen-Y-Bont Fawr, Hirnant, Llyn Efyrnwy, 2 laps of the lake, alternative way back to Pen-Y-Bont Fawr, Llynclys, Melverley, Prince's Oak, Westbury, Nox, Shorthill, Exfords Green, Lyth Hill and home. Ride Report. 116.44 miles. 14.3 mph average.

    6-June-2018: An anti-clockwise loop round mid & north Shropshire: Condover, Acton Burnell, Cardington, Hughley, Harnage Grange, Cressage, Wroxeter, Atcham, Upton Magna, Withington, High Ercall, Cold Hatton, Stoke on Tern, Market Drayton, Longford, Calverhall, Ightfield, Prees, Northwood, Welshampton, Coptiviney, Ellesmere, Tetchill, Rednall, West Felton, Woolston, Maesbrook, Crosslanes, Pentre, Great Ness, Montford Bridge, Meole Brace and home. Ride Report. 112.05 miles 14.2 mph average

    5-July-2018: A Clockwise loop round mid and north Shropshire: Condover, Exfords Green, Minsterley, Westbury, Prince's Oak, Melverley, Maesbrook, Woolston, West Felton, Rednal, Ellesmere, Coptiviney, Welshampton, Lyneal, Prees, Calverhall, Market Drayton, Stoke Heath, Eaton-upon-Tern, High Ercall, Walcot, Cressage, Acton Burnell, Pitchford, Condover and home via Lyth Hill. Ride report. 104.12 miles at 14.3 mph average

    6-August-2018: To Lake Vyrnwy and back. Condover, Minsterley, Westbury, Melverley, Maesbrook, Llynclys, up the Tanat Valley to Pen-Y-Bont Fawr, Hirnant, Llyn Efyrnwy, 2 laps of the lake, alternative way back to Pen-Y-Bont Fawr, Llynclys, Knockin, Kinnerley, Pentre, Great Ness, Montford Bridge, Meole Brace and home. Ride Report. 111.13 miles at 14.7 mph average.

    5-September-2018: A tour down the Severn Valley to Bewdley then a hilly ride home. Condover, Atcham, Upton Magna, Walcot, Leighton, Ironbridge, Bridgnorth, Bewdley, Wyre Forest, Button Bridge, Bagginswood, Stottesdon, Ditton Priors, Easthope, East Wall, Cardington, Acton Burnell, Cantlop Bridge, Allfield, Condover, Lyth Hill and home. Ride Report. 101.32 miles at 12.4 mph average
     
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  11. Lilliburlero

    Lilliburlero Pro sandbagger

    Location:
    South Derbyshire
    January 14th - Overseal, Measham, Ashby de la Zouch, Heather, Market Bosworth, Dadlington, Atterton, Twycross, Tamworth, Catton, Drakelow, Lullington, Netherseal, Measham, Albert Village, Overseal. 100.2 miles in 6h18mins averaging 15.9 mph with 3658ft Elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1356937211 https://www.relive.cc/view/1356937211

    February 4th - Overseal, Repton, Tutbury, Anslow, Barton under Needwood, Elford, Tamworth, Thorpe Constantine, Twycross, Atherstone, Stoke Goulding, Market Bosworth, Heather, Ashby de la Zouch Overseal. 100.12 miles in 6h46mins averaging 14.8 mph with 3529ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1391576201 https://www.relive.cc/view/1391576201

    March 11th - Overseal, Hugglescote, Cossington, Hoby, Long Clawson, Bottlesford, Claypole, Bardney, East Torrington, Bardney, Lincoln. 128.4 miles in 8h30mins averaging 15.1 mph with 3700 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1448263770 https://www.relive.cc/view/1448263770

    April 1st - Overseal, Ashby de la Zouch, Burton on Trent, Uttoxeter, Denstone, Hilton, Woodville, Walton on Trent, Overseal. 100.1 miles in 6h49mins averaging 14.7 mph with 4692 ft elevation https://www.strava.com/activities/1483745486 https://www.relive.cc/view/1483745486

    May 6th - Overseal, Breedon, Church Broughton, Heathtop, Tutbury, Alrewas, Clifton Campville, Sibson, Market Bosworth, Twycross, Heather, Ashby de la Zouch, Overseal. 102.31 miles in 6h8mins averaging 16.7 mph with 3837 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1553738471 https://www.relive.cc/view/1553738471

    June 3rd - Overseal, Copt Oak, Great Dolby, Swayfield, Bitchfield :whistle:, Stroxton, Allington, Grantham. 110,9 miles (phone problem so only 110.9 recorded, but it was 117.2) in 7h22mins averaging 15.1 mph with 5069 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1615385251

    July 1st - Overseal, Copt Oak, Sileby, Wymeswold, Car Colston, Langar, Keyworth, Belton, Ashby de la Zouch, Overseal. 109.24 miles in 6h39mins averaging 16.4 mph with 4851 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1673988316 https://www.relive.cc/view/1673988316

    August 2nd - Overseal, Ashby, Tamworth, Lichfield, Barton, Overseal, Twycross, Market Bosworth, Measham, Overseal. 106 miles in 6h26mins averaging 16.5 mph with 3902 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1744887649 https://www.relive.cc/view/1744887649

    September 1st - Overseal, Bosworth, Nuneaton, Coventry, Meridan, Wood End, Seckington, Fradley, Lullington, Overseal. 103.5 miles in 6h26 averaging 16.1 mph with 4059 ft elevation. https://www.strava.com/activities/1811793873 https://www.relive.cc/view/1811793873
     
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  12. cosmicbike

    cosmicbike Perhaps This One..... Moderator

    Location:
    Egham
    Jan 14th (Century 1) - Eton, Staines, Ascot, Bracknell, Owlsmore, Frimley, Pirbright, Ash, Ash Vale, Ash Green, Guildford, Chobham, Chertsey and home. 101.4 miles in 6hrs 58mins, average 14.6 mph, 2635ft elevation.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/1356830371

    Feb 18th (Century 2) – Langley, Eton, Windsor, Ascot, Camberley, Frimley Green, Pirbright, Chobham, Windsor Great Park & home. 101.6 miles in 7hrs 6mins, average 14.3 mph, 3478ft elevation.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/1413768564

    March 21st (Century 3) – Windsor Great Park, Chobham, Knaphill, Jacobs Well, Wanborough, Seale, Elstead, Thursley, Millbridge, Waverley, Tongham, Deepcut, Lightwater & home. 102.2 miles in 7hrs 30mins, average 13.6 mph, 4941ft elevation.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/1464230978

    April 1st (Century 4) – Old Windsor, Iver, Southall, Brentford, Kew, Richmond, Twickenham, Kingston, Esher, Oxshott, Fetcham, Effingham, Horsley, Ripley, Byfleet, Walton & Home. 100.4 miles in 6hrs 47mins, average 14.8 mph, 2503ft elevation.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/1483449493

    May 26th (Century 5) – Chertsey, Ottershaw, Byfleet, Ripley, Horsley, Effingham, Bookham, Box Hill, Betchworth, Newdigate, Forest Green, Holmbury, Shere, West Clandon, Chobham, Lightwater, Home. 106.2 miles in 7hrs 1 min, average 15.1mph, 4606ft elevation.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/1596928978

    June 10th (Century 6) – Ascot, Winkfield, Binfield, Twyford, Aborfield, Swallowfield, Bramley, Basiingstoke, Lasham, Bentley, Crondall, Hartley Wintney, Farnborough, Knaphill, Chobham & Home, 107.1 miles in 7hrs 16 mins, average 14.7 mph, 3934ft elevation.
    https://www.relive.cc/view/1629408314

    July 1st (Century 7) – Chobham, Bisley, Wanborough, Compton, Wonersh, Cranleigh, Ockley, Betchworth, Box Hill, Leatherhead, Esher, Kingston, Chertsey, Home. 101.4 miles in 6hrs 32 mins, average 15.5mph, 3796ft elevation

    https://www.relive.cc/view/1673721300

    August 5th (Century 8) – Ascot, Binfield, Wokingham, Aborfield, Swallowfield, Heckfield, Eversley Cross, Fleet, Farnborough, Lightwater, Sunninghill, Home, 104.1 miles in 6hrs 49 mins, average 15.3mph, 3629ft elevation
     
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  13. January 14th. SE4, Titsey, Toy's Hill, Penshurst, Hawkenbury, Brenchley, Yalding, Carter's Hill, Kemsing, Vigo, Meopham, St Mary Cray, Shortlands. 100.4 miles

    February 3rd. SE4, Downe, Toy's Hill, Markbeech, Cowden, Minor roads & fords from Hell of the Ashdown, Coleman's hatch, Hartfield, Cowden (again), Forest Row (again) Coleman's Hatch (again), Kidd's Hill, Groombridge, Sevenoaks Weald, Hubbard's Hill, Hogtrough Hill, Hayes. 103.4 miles.

    March 10th. SE4, Eynsford, Titsey, Limpsfield, Dormansland, Forest Row, Groombridge, Frant, Horsmonden, Mardon, Yalding, Hadlow, Plaxtol, Sevenoaks. 102.3 miles

    April 1st. SE4, Chiselhurst, Shoreham, Ide Hill, Edenbridge, Penshurst, Brenchley, Yalding, East Malling, Birling Hill, Darenth, Chiselhurst, SE4. 102.2 miles

    May 26th. SE4, Chiselhurst, Shoreham, Ide Hill, Edenbridge, Penshurst, Brenchley, Yalding, East Malling, Birling Hill, Darenth, Chiselhurst, SE4. 102.5 miles

    Jun 9th London South Bank, Mitcham, Bletchingley, Burstow, Turner's Hill, Ditchling Beacon, Brighton (FNRttC) Ditchling, Fletching, Nutley Groombridge, Chiddingstone Hoath, Sevenoaks Weald, Sevenoaks 105.9 miles

    Jul 21st SE4, Botley Hill, Bletchingley, Outwood, Doversgreen, Newdigate, Crawley, Edenbrige, Hildenborough, Five Oaks Green, Claygate, Yalding, Hadlow, Plaxtol, Seal, Sevenoaks 102.2 miles

    Aug 4th SE4, Eynsford, Pilgrim's Way, Gravesend (ferry) Tilbury, Billericay, Abbess Roding, Harlow, St Albans. 104.6 miles

    Sep 1st Thanet platinum 200 Audax. Herne Bay, Biddenden, Pevensey, Rye, Herne Bay. 129 miles
     
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  14. 14 January - First of the Year, 101miles in 6:03:41 (16.7mph moving ave), with a max of 32.9mph and 5,328ft of climbing
    Peterbough-Awalton-Elton-Wansford-Kings Cliffe-Collyweston-Ketton-Stamford-Pilsgate-Bainton-Ashton-Ailsworth-Marholm-Ufford-Bainton-Tallington-Barholm-Uffington-Belmesthorpe-Little Casterton-Great Casterton-Pickworth-Holy Well-Castle Bytham-South Witham-North Witham-Colsterworth (Cafe) - Swayfield-Creeton-Little Bytham-Careby-Aunby-Belmesthorpe-Uffington-Barnack-Wansford-Elton-Awalton-Peterborough

    18 February - PCC Reliability Ride Plus, 102.4 miles in 6:21:11 (16.1mph moving ave), with a max of 37.8mph and 5,434ft of climbing:
    Peterborough-Awalton-Ferry Meadows-Rutland Cycles-Elton-Wansford-King's Cliffe-Blatherwyke-Bulwick-Laxton-Harringworth-Wakerley-Barrowden-Seaton-Lyddington-Eyebrook Reservoir-Great Easton-Drayton-Nevil Holt-Medbourne-Ashley-Cottingham-Gretton-Harringworth-Laxton-Bulwick-Southwick-Fotherinhay-Elton-Rutland Cycles-Elton Furze-Washingley-Folksworth-Norman Cross-Haddon-Elton Furze-Peterborough

    31 March - Ride to Start, ToFlanders, Ride Back, 102.1miles in 8:41:20 (11.7mph moving ave) with a max of 36.2mph and 5,321ft of climbing:
    Kluisbergen-Oudenarde-Round Flanders-Oudenarde-Kluisbergen

    22 April - Too Nice Not Too,128.9miles in 9:13:34 (14.0 mph moving ave) with a max of 31.2mph and 4964ft of climbing.
    Peterborough-Elton-Wandsford Road-Elton-Peterborough-Lutton-Hemmington-Barnwell-Ashton-Oundle-Lyveden-Brigstock-Grafton Underwood-Cranford St Andrew-Cranford St John-Woodford-Great Addington-Ringstead-Denford-Raunds-Hargrave-Tilbrook-Kimbolton-Catworth-Old Weston-Clopton-Pilton-Wadenhoe-Stoke Doyle-Oundle-Lower Benefield-Upper Benefield-Clapthorn-Southwick-Deene-Laxton-Bulwick-Blathewycke-King's Cliffe-Apethorpe-Woodnewton-Fotheringhay-Peterborough

    20 May - A Cambridge Bimble, 109.1 miles in 8:19:24 (13.1mph moving ave) with a max of 32.6mph and 3,246ft of climbing.
    Peterborough-Awalton-Elton Furze-Washingley-Caldecote-Great Gidding-Winwick-Old Weston-Catworth-Kimbolton-Staughton Green-Staughton Highway-Hail Weston-St Neots-Private (U-Turn)-Toesland-Yelling-Papworth Everard-Hilton-New A14 (U-turn)-Fenstanton-St Ives-Cambridge-St Ives-Kings Ripton-Abbots Ripton-Sawtry-Normans Cross-Peterborough

    15 Jun - LEJOG day 1, 102.5miles in 8:09:52 (12.6mph moving ave) with a max of 38.6mph and 8,550ft of climbing.
    Lands End-Penzance-Marazion-Praze an Beeble-Redruth-Truro-Tressilian-Ladock-St Stephen-Roche-Victoria-Lanivet-Dobwalls-Minions-Stoke Climsland-Sydenham Dameral-Lydford-Sourton-Sourton Down (For Okehampton).

    21 July - EB Tunnel Run - 113.24 miles in 7:37:23 (14.9mph moving ave) with a max of 38.9mph and 5,479ft of climbing.
    Peterborough-Elton Furze-Great Gidding-Winwick-Old Weston-Catworth-Tilbrook-Lower Dean-Upper Dean-Melchbourne-Knotting-Sharnbrook-Odell-Little Odel-Bozeat-Easton Maudit-Grendon-Earls Barton-Mears Ashby-Sywell-Holcot-Walgrave-Old-Lamport-Market Harborough-Great Bowden-Wellham-Cranoe-Glooston-Goadby-Tugby-Cafe Ventoux-Tugby-Hallaton-Horninghold-Uppingham-Seaton-Harringworth-Laxton-Blathewycke-Kings Cliffe-Apethorpe-Nassington-Elton-Peterborough.

    05 Aug - Waarm - 101.5miles in 7:00:49 (14.5mph moving ave) with a max of 33.8mph and 4,281ft of climbing.
    Peterborough-Elton-Peterborough-Marholm-Helpston-Bainton-Barnack-Wandsford-King's Cliffe-Blatherwycke-Bullwick-Southwick-Oundle-Stoke Doyle-Aldwinkle-Thorpe Waterville-Achurch-Clopton-Weston-Catworth-Kimbolton-Catworth-Weston-Hamerton-Sawtry-Glatton-Folksworth-Washingley-Elton Furze-Peterborough.
     

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  15. redfalo

    redfalo known as Olaf in real life

    Location:
    Brexit Boomtown
    January
    13/01 - 130 miles - Odenwald-Eight
    A not too flat solo ride into the Odenwald forest to the south-east of Frankfurt.

    February
    24/02 - 130 miles - A character building day in the Taunus
    It was a crazy idea to to 200km ride with 3000 meters of climbing in February, on a day with sub-zero temperatures before dawn and after dusk. Water bottles at the finish were frozen solid. I also had two annoying mechanicals, a puncture with a slashed tyre (which I booted, and a knackered hub dynamo (brocken axis, or bearing).

    March
    17/03 - 188 miles - Three countries and the Russian whip
    My first official Audax in Germany. It was a nice rice on memory lane, as I knew some parts of route from my time in Düsseldorf, and others from the Vi(v)a Colognia Tour with the Fridays in 2016. It was sub-zero the whole day, and the water bottles again froze solid. For the way back, we had to battle an ice cold wind the German press dubbed "the Russian whip". And I have to say it was really an apt name. On the next day, I felt like a 90-year old suffering from rheumatism.

    April
    06/04 - 130 miles - An in lieu day to kill - The upside of the occasional Sunday shift... A really beautiful day out in the countryside. Rode throught the Spessart, the third kind of German Cotswolds in cycling distance from Frankfurt. 140 of the 210 km were on car-free roads.

    May
    05/05 - 252 miles - London-Wales-London - nice to be back in the UK for an Audax, albeit the road surfaces are really appalling.


    .... and: over and out! The 2018 challenge is history for me. Came off badly on the Brompton yesterday, riding into a bended bollard on a cycle path which I did not see, and did in my right knee royally. If everything works out fine, I shall be back in about three months.... :hello:
     
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