Sunday Morning Ride

Muxton to Cheswardine Starting an early ride in late August in the UK can be tricky when making decisions about clothing, too much and by the time you get going you are cooking and too little and the early part of your ride can be on the chilly side. This morning I went for a thin base layer, short sleeve jersey and shorts which turned out to be a wise choice.
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Sunny Sunday Ride

Living in England you learn to take advantage of the good weather when it presents itself. Today is Bank Holiday Monday and as usual it’s pouring with rain. Yesterday however was perfect for an early morning bike ride so I made hay and got out first thing for a quick 50k around the Weald Moors. It was a very cold start but I soon warmed up and was enjoying the clear air, lack of cars on the roads and the beautiful Shropshire countryside.
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Boxing Day or is it ?

A belated Happy Christmas greeting to anyone unfortunate enough to be reading this blog, hope yours went as well as could be given the world in which we find ourselves. For my part Christmas was quiet and fairly relaxed and as usual over quicker than you can imagine. The actual day this year did feel quite “christmassy” due to the morning frost and clear blue sky which was really nice. Today on the first Boxing Day of 2020 (the second official one is on Monday) was slightly less so although it did manage to stay dry here in Telford until after dark.
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Painting with Strava

I have seen this guys Strava rides online before and am amazed at how he manages to “paint” pictures by cycling routes on Strava. Very cool.

Tour of the Bridge Towns

Earlier in the year long before lockdown (that seems such a long time ago now) one of my co-workers at The Camphill Village Trust asked if I would be interested in doing a sponsored bike ride for the charities 65th anniversary which is this year. I was of course up for it and we originally planned on an early Summer event riding from our offices in Stourbridge to one of our sites in Gloucestershire (Taurus Crafts) which was coincidentally 65 miles away (105k).
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Sponsored bike ride - Cancelled

This weekend I was supposed to be taking part in a 65 mile sponsored bike ride from Stourbridge to Lydney in Gloucestershire as part of the 65th anniversary celebrations for The Camphill Village Trust, the charity that I work for. Unfortunately the event was cancelled due to the arrival of Storm Aiden and the remnants of ex-Hurricane Zeta. Hopefully we will make the trip next weekend instead.

A 50k Loop around Newport

Today I took a break from Zwift and headed out early to do a ride round the lanes near to home. I had planned a 50 loop on Komoot parts of which we familiar to me but a few bits that were new. The new bits turned out to include a couple of short off road sections, the first of which was easy enough, but the second not so much. After taking a left onto a farm track at Howle and riding about 1km up a steady hill the track just disappeared into a mass of hedgerow, nettles and brambles.
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Zwift Knickerbocker Route Achievement

One more Zwift route complete tonight, this time the New York route Knickerbocker At just over 22km its not a hard ride but it does include the fairly painful New York KOM that tops out at 17% right in the middle of it, so there is that ! Fairly sure I have ridden this route multiple times before as well though seemingly not to the end as I hadn’t got the achievement in the trophy cabinet but now I do.
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Zwift Planning - Route Achievements

Over the last few weeks I have been working my way through the Zwift Achievements and so far have managed to complete 61% of the routes ( 46 out of 76 ), obviously not all in the last few weeks…. Until recently I hadn’t seen an easy way of tracking progress on Zwift without actually sitting on my bike, launching Zwift, starting a ride and then navigating to the achievements section.
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