Tuesday, 16 May 2017

The Old Gits never made Cheddar 26

Out with the Old Gits, just 9 this week. Last week, it was decided to pay a visit to Cheddar Gorge, on top of our normal route.  This always goes down fairly well, a change of scenery and an extra tea stop!  Unfortunately, the weather forecast was a bit grim with showers forecast late morning and heavy rain lunchtime.  A quick straw poll before we started and it was agreed unanimously that it would be best to cancel the extended ride and schedule a Cheddar trip later in the year.  The weather, as it turned out was not too bad but definitely not worth the risk.

The Strawberry Line.

This part of the ride is always a pleasure to ride down.  More so at this time of year with the new greenery at its finest.  Old Git Gord helping out by agreeing to pose in the shot.

Another good ride out with the 'lads'.  Covered 26 miles today.

Monday, 15 May 2017

Get rid of the lactic acid 13

Just a short one today.  Legs ached a bit after a significant ride yesterday so to get rid of the lactic acid, went out through Hutton, across to the east of Weston and a gentle ride back along the cycle paths to town.  Just a fraction under 13 miles and felt a lot better for doing it.  Went out at 1230 and heavy rain was forecast for 1o'clock. That was part of the reason for not going quite so far. It is now 4.30 and its still dry!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

British Heart Foundation Ride 50

Well, that was a challenging day!  Signed up for the British Heart Foundation sponsored 50 mile ride around the Cotswolds and drove up to Cheltenham Racecourse to start the event.  It was very well organised although quite challenging for an Old Git who spends more time on the Somerset Levels than is good for him.  At least the big hills were located in the first 25 miles.

Ready, steady go.

After getting the bike out of the back of the car and re-assembling it, changed, and got things sorted out it was time to head for the start.  Rather than have a mass start, about 50 riders at a time are marshalled into the starting area and 'released' every 5 minutes.  At least there is not a big build up on the public roads although 50 can be a problem in the first mile or so.

Watering hole No. 1

This was at Whittington, about 6 miles from the start.  It was needed because after a couple of miles there was a 650' climb for the next 2 miles.  In parts it was seriously steep.  Had to walk this though didn't feel too guilty, 75% of the rest of them were at it, including teenagers!

The last big hill - honest!

This was on the Temple Guiting Road out of Barton.  I stopped for a breather and chatted with a bloke who had to lie down because he felt light headed.  In all honesty, this was a serious trudge up.

Watering Hole No. 2

This was at Snowshill heading towards Broadway.  This one was classier than the previous one, scouts were serving tea and biscuits, all free.  Had to leave a donation for them.  Just after this, there was a long down hill stretch that to be frank was a bit scary.  Some of the riders were going down it at a breakneck sped, one of them had a Mr Bump cycling top on. Very appropriate.

The Finish.

And the reward for that hard work?  A medal.  Presented along with a bottle of water and a cereal bar.  Apologies for the finger over the lens, in all fairness, the lady had not used a phone camera before.

The Minatour and Lady Hare

The last 20 miles were relatively flat though the wind in your face spoilt it a bit.  The GPS reading was 49.6 at the finish and that would not look good on the CV.  Had to have a ride around the car park to put anther half mile on.  Being a big racecourse, it was a large expansive park so no bother really.  On the way round saw this sculpture made out of twisted wire.  Didn't realise that female hares had bosoms!

An excellent ride with stunning views, thoroughly enjoyable.  Pity that Mick and Graham couldn't make it today. Next year chaps?

Friday, 12 May 2017

Usual to Burnham 31

Not much to report on this ride.  Took the usual route down to Burnham on Sea (stopping for tea and toast of course) on a fairly dull day, not much wind, some spots of rain, 17 altogether, and a fairly uneventful trip out with no photographs.. The idea was, as there a sponsored ride around the Cotswolds in two days time, just taking it easy as the aim is to complete the 50 mile circuit on behalf of the British Heart Foundation.  Keeping the work rate down this week, saving all the effort for the big day.  Wonder if it will work?

According to Strava, that was 30.7miles.  That can rounded up to 31 methinks.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Old Gits Reverse Route 22

Old Gits day as it is a Tuesday.  Meeting up at Knightstone for a 'reverse route' ride to Caffles at Hewish and back via East Rolstone and Locking.  A good turn out today, 19 Old Gits, and two wives on the back of two tandems.  The weather was kind if a little chilly first thing, with breaks of sunshine to cheer us up.

Meeting up at Knightstone 

The first Old Gits to arrive assembling at Knightstone Island at the north end of Weston prom. Riding into an east wind, some of the more hardy (foolish?) ones questioning the decision to wear shorts.

The Crematorium. 

About 7 miles into the trip, we stopped to regroup before reaching Wick St Lawrence.  Not so sure this is the best place to actually stop and loiter for a few minutes.  Best to make sure everyone has a pulse before we carry on. 

Silver Moor Lane

Leaving Puxton, the road is a bit rough in places along Silver Moor Lane.  This ends in a short, sharp climb that gets the aerobic system working a little bit harder. Some break away riders were ahead of the peleton with some stragglers away in the distance.  Time to regroup in a short time.

We all made it back in one piece.  Covered just over 22 miles on this jaunt.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Burnham Breeze 31

Off to Burnham today, using the normal route through Bleadon, Mark and Highbridge.  Weather looked top drawer but there was a slight kick to it, an easterly wind which early on in the ride was a bit chilly.  Left all that behind by the time the tea and toast at Burnham had been devoured.

Whitehouse Bridge

This is in Whitehouse Lane near Loxton.  The bridge crosses the River Axe and the view is looking towards the Mendip Hills.

River Axe

This is taken from the same bridge and is looking west towards the coast.  The river itself rises out of the Wookey Hole cave system and flows to the sea entering the Severn Estuary at Brean Down in Weston Bay.  This river was navigable from the middle ages to 1915 and was used for international trade.

Cyclists are exempt!

This is PC Dave.  He was looking out for speeding motorists along Mark Causeway until I interrupted him.  As an ex traffic cop, could not resist the temptation to stop and have a chat.  At least it took the heat off the long suffering motorist for ten minutes!

That was a good ride this morning.  Clocked 30.9miles  (31 in my diary)

Sunday, 7 May 2017

Sandford Circuit 23

If you are reading this Maggie, get that bike out!

Bonus ride today.  Thought that the wedding we went to would take the whole weekend but arrived back home just after lunch, the sun was shining, it was pleasantly warm, so no reason not to get the bike out.  With a week to go before the Cotswold event, today will be a chance to get a bit of hill work in.

Busy on the prom.

Left home and intended going down the prom but it was far too busy to take a bike down there.  Went instead along the Beach Road and stopped to get a shot of the land 'train' taking the tourists past the Grand Pier. And a jolly good time was had by all.

Weston Bay

Taking the higher route east out of Weston means travelling on the Old Bristol Road.  A bit of a climb to get up there but as you can see, there are some good views looking south in the gaps between the properties.  Please notice as well, the tide is nearly in!

Get 'em up, Rawhide!

Left the town and headed out into the quieter roads in the countryside.  Heading towards Puxton on the Puxton Road, turned a corner to be greeted with this sight.  Had to stand there for about 5 minutes waiting for them all to cross the road.  I did ask the farmer how many there were. A hundred in total, I must have seen about half of them.  Carried on then into Sanford, through Banwell and back to Weston.  A few more hills climbed than normal so that should help for next week.

23 miles today.  That takes this weeks total up to 125.