Well it's only a week to go before we will be loading up and setting off in the coach for St Bee's in Cumbria.
It all started when a group of us last year decided to take on the challenge of the 'Coast to Coast in Day 2015' which is a 150 mile cycle ride from the Seascale, Cumbria through the Lake District, Yorkshire Dales and the Northern Valleys of the North Yorkshire Moors finishing by the sea in Whitby in just one day!! Yes. just one day and if that is not enough of a challenge the route also takes in over 15,000ft of climbing!!
We also decided to raise a bit of cash for Brigg L.I.V.E.S in the process, The Brigg Group of the Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service (LIVES) trains and provides first responders, who often get to people needing urgent help before ambulance crews arrive. This is an invaluable service for the Brigg Community. You can make a donation via JustGiving.comContinue reading →
In the last few years sportives have become one of the most if not the most fashionable and popular amateur cycling pastime, certainly if the cycling press is to be believed. I did my first proper sportive last year (Lincsquad's Paul Kirk Memorial North Lincs CycloSportive) and loved it (well, apart from being ridden off the wheels of all the hard nuts and cycling into a head wind for 8 hours) but if you love long distance, endurance cycling there is a year round alternative, the audax.
Audax comes from the Latin word that is the root of 'audacious' and audax rides (especially the very long ones) do require a degree of audacity and determination. An audax is a long distance ride that incorporates some features of a sportive such as a time limit, but importantly it requires participants to be self sufficient. Organisers often lay on tea and buns and often for long rides a meal afterwards, but there are no feedstops, no route markers and no mechanical back up. You have to carry what you may need and be able to navigate via GPS or a good old fashioned OS map. Continue reading →
My passion for cycling the most challenging and hilliest sportives I suspect comes from my roots living in the Conwy Valley in North Wales. Cycling up the steepest climbs we could find with our old Raleigh 5 speeds zigzagging our way up to the lakes above. Then suddenly the MTB was here and years of majestic riding and racing followed in the great forestry’s of North Wales.
Then suddenly I found myself in Lincolnshire, and my passion for MTB and cycling began to wane. Simply put; not enough mountains or even the modest hill! My friend however persuaded me to buy a road bike and suddenly my passion for cycling was reborn.
My first challenge was to cycle a 100 miles locally in the Lincolnshire Wolds which I enjoyed but was already hungry for the next challenge. Continue reading →
The ‘Buxton Mountain Time Trial (TT)’ organised by Buxton Cycling Club is an early season open TT over a very hilly circuit in the Peak District and is renowned as one of the toughest time trials in the UK. The course is based round a circuit starting and finishing in the village of Longnor and consists of 3 laps of 11 miles for the Men and Veterans and 2 laps for the Women and Juniors.
The event traditionally takes place on Good Friday this year being the 29th March 2013. Continue reading →