Brewin Dolphin Peaks Tour 2018 for Down's Syndrome Association

Brewin Dolphin Peaks Tour

Saturday 19th May 2018

For the second year running I took part in the Brewin Dolphin Peaks Tour, in aid of the Down's Syndrome Association.

This ride involved 72 miles of glorious views in the Peak District. However, those views came at a price, with over 6,500ft of hill climbs, not least the famous Winnats Pass. At number 33 in the Top 100 Cycling Climbs in the UK, Winnats Pass has an average gradient of 12%, and a maximum of 20%!

Although I took part in the same ride last year, and put in a lot of training, including finding as many local hills as possible, I didn't find it any easier this year. However, I finished the ride in 6 hours, 5 hours of which was moving time.

Although a large pothole ended the ride 8 miles from the finish line for my riding partner for the day, it was overall a very enjoyable day - I'm now looking forward to next year (when I might be brave enough to enter the 98 mile, 10,000ft 'Epic' route)!

Charity: Down's Syndrome Association

Website: Click here for the event website

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LOROS Leicester to Skegness Bike Ride 2018

LOROS Leicester to Skegness

Saturday 2nd June 2018

This is an annual ride arranged by LOROS, starting from Leicester Clock Tower at about 6am, and ending 86 miles later at Skegness Clock Tower sometime later that day.

There was an excellent turnout for the ride, with a good crowd leaving at 6am. For most of the ride the weather was excellent, however on reaching Boston the heavens opened, roads flooded, my shoes flooded, and even my packet of jelly babies flooded!

I managed to finish the ride in just over 5 hours (4:53:47 moving time). For most of it I didn't see another cyclist, I missed all of the feed stations and just kept riding, only stopping to check I was on track.

A very enjoyable ride, can't wait to do it again in 2019!

Charity: LOROS Hospice, Leicester

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Great Notts Bike Ride 2018 for Alzheimer's Research UK

Great Notts Bike Ride - The Little John

Sunday 24th June 2018

This was my 4th Great Noots Bike Ride, and also my quickest!

The Great Notts Bike Ride starts and finishes at Victoria Embankment in Nottingham, though the route has changed this year to include some more hills at the end, just to add a bit more difficulty to an already tough ride.

I decided that this year I'd be taking it steady. I wanted to ensure I'd be able to get up the hills at a steady pace at the end, rather than using all my energy early on.

As always it didn't turn out that way. We got behind a group of cyclists and rode for a good while at over 20mph. Unfortunately we came to a junction in Harby that split between the 125 mile ride and all the others - there was much confusion, with cyclists cutting each other up, and we lost the group. Trying to catch up again was tough without others to draft behind. By the time we hit the feed station on around 70 miles my legs were starting to cramp, a few miles later and both legs cramped up completely halfway up a hill.

Despite this, we finished in a record time (for us) of 5:53:47 moving time (total 6:55:07 with feed station stops).

Bring on next 2019!

Charity: Alzheimer's Research UK

Website: Click here for the event website

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