Thursday, 29 April 2010

Things had better change

Ride 91 of 100

Home, on the road, dodging the lorries, dodging the rain (not very well), keeping a sharp eye out for that inspiration that I know is lurking out there, didn't see it :-(


Ride 90 of 100

12 minutes at 19MPH

Wednesday, 28 April 2010

The Wrong Wind

Ride 89 of 100

Despite trying to get away early I was still late out, and to face a howling wind straight in my face, it evaporated my desire instantly, oh well I'll call this week a rest week then eh ?.

Wet Tarmac

Ride 88 of 100

Road bike to work, too late to do anything other than straight there thanks to an errant teenage son.

Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Clean Bike

Ride 87 of 100

Spent an hour cleaning the bike after work, aiming to ride for a few hours in the sunshine, didn't happen as sitting on my arse all day appears to caused my sore knee to flare up, riding home was a painful soft pedaling exercise :-(

Road Bike

Ride 86 of 100

Straight to work for an early meeting, nowt to report.

Sunday, 25 April 2010

Short and sweet

Ride 85 of 100

Peaks again, ditto the last blog entry.

Annual Bamford weekend

Ride 84 of 100

28 miles of the peak districts finest trails, in the sun, with friends and a skill compensator, and possibly the driest trails for a decade.

No more needed.

Thursday, 22 April 2010

Cheeky Singletrack

Ride 83 of 100

Out before the bell and round the back to pick up the cheeky singletrack, the trail is in such good condition that it begs you to go fast, so I did, as fast as I could

it was ace

even the dog shit had dried out !

A short commute

Ride 82 of 100

Along the river and straight to work, sunshine warmth breaking through

The smell of soil

Ride 81 of 100

Must be national plough your field day today, all the way to Delamere farmers are out and ploughing, turning over the top soil to reveal the rich dark and damp soil that seagulls love for the worms !

Sunshine but a cold wind meant a hard ride out, buff trails in the forest meant a couple of hours exploring before turning back for home to be disappointed that the expected wind on my back had died down.

Never got warm all day.

Tuesday, 20 April 2010

Sore legs still

Ride 80 of 100

Straight back

Sore legs

Ride 79 of 100

straight there

Sunday, 18 April 2010

Yorkshire Hills

Ride 78 of 100

Road ride, 5 person chain gang, hanging off the back, gritting my teeth, but still having a good time.

Yorkshire hills are bigger that Cheshire hills and that ain't no lie :-)

Saturday, 17 April 2010

A grand day out

Ride 77 of 100

Rode to Delamere

Rode at Delamere

Rode from Delamere

and I saw a rough legged buzzard

Friday, 16 April 2010

Skipping work

Ride 76 of 100

Not much to do today so left early, headed back along the canal and then down the empty lanes, after an hour I realised it was warm enough for just lycra so stopped and dropped my baggies and went (almost) commando, very liberating and satisfying looking down and seeing a pair of not so fat anymore legs, although the whiteness was a bit off putting :-)


Ride 75 of 100

Fell back asleep

Woke up with a start

Set off riding

Then realised I have nowt to rush for, so slowed down and enjoyed CS woods.

Towpath pounding

Ride 74 of 100

Home via the canal, unbelievably all of the towpath was dry, bone dry and dusty, single scullers out in force enjoying the sunlight, not many fishermen to get annoyed, lots of joggers and cyclists, a very pleasant ride.

Frozen Dew

Ride 73 of 100

Early morning commute, wondering what the day will bring, it brought yet more sunshine.

Wednesday, 14 April 2010

Warm evening sun

Ride 72 of 100

I had to go tonight, two days of resting whilst the sun shone was trying to say the least, took the long way home and then some, consciously soft peddaling, all seems okay and now dosing up on supplesse.

Cold commute

Ride 71 of 100

gentle peddaling

short route

cold head

no knee pain

Ride Fail

Ride 70 of 100

Tried to go with the group again, first hill and I knew my knee would fail, turn back, shower, jump in support vehicle.



Ride 69 of 100

Road ride in the some beautiful country side, little traffic, some good hills, lots of happy people :-)

Support vehicles make for a grand day out.


Ride 68 of 100

12 easy miles

knee pain

Fast forward to Thursday

Ride 67 of 100

Singlespeed bike, 55 miles, seat too high (by a quarter of an inch) right knee pain, feeling stupid.

Sunday, 4 April 2010

Into the valley

Ride 66 of 100

First big group ride of the year today, Calderdale style, so big a group that we voluntarily split so as to keep things moving, trails were wet and muddy, slippy and testing and made me realise just how rubbish I really am in these conditions. Legs were just ok, again no zip but didn't drop to the granny gear and cleaned all the climbs so something must be happening down there.

By far the best thing was seeing some old friends whilst riding some old trails, a very welcome return to both.

Saturday, 3 April 2010


Ride 65 of 100

Road ride today, no zip in my legs, mystery blowout on the front whilst cranking over for a turn that focused the mind just a bit, not many random thoughts after that, lots of roadies out today, lots of nice bikes on view and in particular an old restored Bianchi being ridden by a guy in baggy shorts, chapeau !

Friday, 2 April 2010


Ride 64 of 100

Road ride to be efficient, turned out to be anything but, strong headwind, rain, muddy broken lanes.

26 miles in just under 1 hour 30 minutes.

dangerous drivers all over the place

must be a bank holiday.

Thursday, 1 April 2010

No one around ?

Ride 63 of 100

Rain, hail and wind

re arrange those three words to make things better

Wind, rain and hail

Hail, Rain and wind

didn't really matter as I was as wet an otters ear already, just got on with it.

20 miles in exchange for disc pads and a new drive train.

April Fool

Ride 62 of 100

In the rain, again

oh its April 1st

of course