Member8 March 2009 at 1:03 pm
Just a short post to say what a cracker this mornings little ride was.
Here’s a map of the route if anyone wants to take a look or copy it.
Bit dubious about how todays ride was going to be, eat far too much breakfast, felt quite physically tired, and wasn’t looking forward to the very strong wind that had been raging all night.
But that all evaporated once Hugo and I got under way. We made very good proogress despite the wind doing its best to push us back, and once we hit Carlton and turned, the wind was almost at our backs pushing us on at a good pace. The miles were absolutely flying by, and the short gradients that pepper this route were good fun to challenge your legs on.
Turning from Easby and heading through Ayton and onto Seamer, we were once again in the teeth of the wind, it was heads down and grind it out.
The last climb of the ride saw me put it in the big ring and just go for it, and I enjoyed it, me versus the climb and the wind 😀
What should have been an exhilarating descent down towards Hilton turned into another gritted teeth grind against the wind.
As Hugo headed through Hilton and I turned off for Roger Lane, we’d only been riding for 1 hor 40 minutes but must have done about 26 mile and at a good pace, given the conditions I was well pleased with the ride, and the route. 😀 😀
29 mile, by the time I go home, in 1 hour 49 minute, at an average 15.7 mph.
Thanks Hugo, nice mornings riding 😉
Member8 March 2009 at 1:55 pm
i had a proper epic today…
after racing yesterday ( will do the report sometime tonight ) my legs were tired, but what the hell i thought i’d still go for what i new was going to be a hard ride as the lads crank up the pace in prep for there season…
about 20 miles in the wind was out in force, then to top it all of it kept hailstoning…. then snowing…. it was realy hurting my face….
bout 40 miles in i bailed out as i new i wouldnt be able to keep the pace round derwant resivour….
then the conditions turned even worse, the snow flakes were huge and could hardly see where i was going…
3 hours 39
avrg speed 17.2
avrg hr 154
and burnt 1773 kcal
im going to have to rest for a couple of days now, as even though my averages were pritty good i was wrecked…
Member8 March 2009 at 2:46 pm
defantly the hardest ride of my life o fa today…
😆 it was pritty funny when it started hailing and snowing,
as there was only two of us on proper winter bikes, the rest were on there full carbon race bikes and most of them had deep section carbon wheels…
two of them had cinelli’s worth a mint, with ful carbon campag recrd 11, and both had campag bora’s on 😯 😯 😯
Member8 March 2009 at 8:09 pm
couldn’t make the ride this morning after my birthday party last night just couldn’t lift my head off the pillow far toooooooooooo much boooooze ,
went on the turbo this afternoon only managed 20 miles but better than nowt at all ,
Member8 March 2009 at 8:18 pm
Don’t worry Grant, I thought you might be a little “worse for wear”. 😆 😆
Member8 March 2009 at 9:00 pm
Great ride today Gunner, I really enjoyed it. Felt Ok for the bulk of the ride but the drag up to Seamer from Tanton made my legs start to complain and the drag out of Hilton on to the exposed top turned them to jelly. An excellent training ride.
Only downside was the state of the roads……. they were filthy. Haven’t had chance to clean the bike since I got back, have that to look forward too when I get in from work tomorrow :(.
Member9 March 2009 at 2:26 pm
Got straight on to mine, looked more like I’d been out on a MTB ride 😯 😯
Wasn’t just the debris from the rain, there had been a lot of muck shed by tractor tyres at numerous points throughout the ride, the downside to riding mainly traffic free routes I suppose.
I can live with that. 😀 😀
Yes, superb little training ride. 😉
Member9 March 2009 at 4:56 pm
I’ve just spend an hour cleaning mine after Saturday’s ride. Worth it though for the pleasure of the ride. Hoping to get out tomorrow but doing a nice, sweaty two hours on the turbo tonight