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A road trip to Sheringham – #200mileweekend

By the seafront in Cromer

What could be nicer than a leisurely ride to the seaside through the Norfolk countryside with a couple of coffee/lunch stops along the way, with friends!  Stop over with fish & chips for tea, a couple of local ales in a nearby pub and then return back the following day.  That was the plan.  Four of us, road bikes, 100 miles each way.  Tough enough to be a challenge but nothing beyond our ability that's for sure. 1095

A big tough Peak District road ride, with hills of course.

The view from Monsal Head

It started with a Facebook message. So many rides do these days. This one started "Going to the peaks on Saturday the 19th March...." and concluded with "...thinking 80/100 miles with lots of hills". How could I resist, I had already planned a suitable route ages ago, I just needed a Saturday to deploy it into! 590

The hardest road climb in England? #55 Rosedale Chimney

Rosedale Chimney Bank Climb August 2015

It's not the longest climb, it's not the climb boasting the greatest elevation gain either and it's also not the climb at the highest altitude but. I'm tempted just to leave it at that; just a lingering 'but'. If Rosedale Chimney isn't the steepest climb in the UK then it's pretty well close to it! 413

Taking on Holme Moss – In Single Speed!

Holme Moss on a sunnier day

'You're a stronger man than me; pushing out a gear like that up here', came the comment from the guy on the red Specialized as he slowly eased past me.  He'd clearly noticed my chains position on my cassette as he'd followed my wheel for a while, I was riding with my chain turning the 17 tooth sprocket, not out of choice, but out of necessity. 460

Full 55 mile Commute to Work

Godmanchester in the mist

As I came over the brow of a shallow rise I saw them; little red blinking lights, off to the right, stationary and no I wasn't seeing things. Even after 70 km in the rain following a day's work I wasn't quite that tired! As I drew closer and I could see the jerseys in the dusk I recognised the riders, they were the group I would have gone riding with on this particular rainy evening had I not chosen to ride the 90 km from work instead. They had stopped to fix a puncture which although a pain for them was a relief for me; after 70 lonely kilometers I was relishing the opportunity to ride in a group

A couple of hills near Bakewell; including climbs #34 & #35

Monsal Head

One moment I'm stood wondering if I should go left or straight on and a few minutes later I'm pushing hard sweating my way up one of the most wonderful cycling climbs in the UK.  At this point I'm convinced that I got the loop the right way round and I am indeed riding up climb #30 from 'the book'. 276

Longest Ride Yet; 150 mile loop for Fish & Chips

In Hunstanton - By the Lighthouse

Take away Fish & Chips is a big tradition here in the UK and everybody has their preferred Fish & Chip Shop, but even so cycling a 150 mile round trip would generally be considered a little over the top! But that's exactly what we did on Sunday with a journey that took us from Peterborough to Hunstanton and back. 302

Awesome Ride Through Hail and Hills

Heading up Mennock's Pass

The weather often plays a part in the memorability of a ride and my recent ride during a visit to Scotland certainly had plenty of both; weather and memorability!  This was a stop-off ride, just off the A74(M) from Abington on my way up to Glasgow. 278

Another day, another hill – Cairn O’Mount

And the descent lies before me

We all have our regular routes and places that we get to ride frequently, ocassionally and infrequently. I'm fortunate in that I have a job that requires me to travel and I also have a car big enough to carry my bikes. So I get to ride in lots of different parts of the UK. Aberdeen however is not a common haunt even for me. So when I got the chance to go there this week and I found myself with enough time to squeeze in a ride, I couldn't resist. 380

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