The Fragrant MrsP fancied a cake this afternoon, so we took the hybrids up to the garden centre via The Lynchway had tea and cake and cycled back along the main road with the wind behind us and down the big hill. A gnats tadger over 5 miles.
I do like the full 24 mile loop, when I go up there I generally do it twice in the day - clockwise first then anti-clockwise. Unfortunately I just didn't get time last year. What condition are the off road tracks like at the moment?Day off so I decided to do the Rutland Water loop, 24 miles as I did the peninsula too.
Not to bad, windy in places, but usual filthy ride,well it's valentine's so a mucky few hrs with my honey
Few pics of Rutland.
I would post up Strava but yet again it only recorded a bit and failed.
I'm going to bin that now as I'm fed up with it.
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well done , a lot of floods reported around me with road closures and people getting stranded as well as the winds so i just turboed it todayOut early this morning trying to avoid the worst of Denis . Rolled out at 0630 into not to bad conditions set off on a 50 mile loop optimistically hoping to be home before the strong winds . Anstey,Cossington ,Gaddesby on to the first climb of the day up Ashby Foeville hill had a bit of a tailwind up it . Smashed a Strava pr on Gaddesby lane could really feel the wind behind me as I went uphill at 24mph ,still nowhere near the Kom !!. On to the second climb of the day up Saxileby hill again a helpful tailwind . Then finally turned into the wind just as it starts to rain .On the ridge into the wind is hard work so the right turn onto Lawn lane as most welcome . The rain comes and goes in heavy showers . Through Wymeswold and Hoton on to Cotes road into Barrow and a strong headwind now . As I grovelling into the wind a mate past me in their work van in the opposite direction could see him thinking look at that nutter . Slow progress home as the wind continues to pick up . Home with 50.1 miles (a day for just enough) at a steady 14.8 mph .A first proper test for my gore shakedry waterproof which it past with flying colours made a mistake of not putting on overshoes so my feet were a tad damp . Probably should have only done 2 hours but been a bad month for milage so pushed my luck a bit ,glad to get home before it got any worse
After yesterday's soaking didn't fancy a long ride today . Awoke to less windy conditions than forecast ,checked the weather app and between 9 and 10 least chance if rain so an hour it is. Decided as its a short one I headed for the hills . Through Newtown Linford and turned on to the quiet lanes around Ulverscroft and the amount of water running off the fields was amazing meaning the roads were covered in debris .Up Polly Botts lane was like riding up a river at the cross roads I went right rather than my normal left which would normally be a rapid descent regular top 40mph but today I was on the brakes all the way down dodging gravel . Made it down safely a couple of twitchy moments . Then the steady climb up Priory lane and into Woodhouse ,Church hill then the Swithland wood climb which then led onto my least favourite climb of Warren hill . A hill I normally go round but today was about elevation so ground my way up . Not sure why I dislike this hill as I don't mind climbing but there something about this one I just don't like . I was in my Defy as it has mudguards and it lowest gear is 39/28 which was definitely required as I grovelled my way up . As I crested this I felt the full force if the headwind which meant the descent back into Newtown Linford was also slower than normal . Home with 11.6 miles in the bag with 1325ft of upness which explains the average of 13.6 mph . most of the hills are around 200ft so I was going up quite often . Hardly got rained on and the hills and hedges mainly sheltered me so not too bad conditions certainly better than forecast