The mileage is starting to stack up now…

Well, all these half day holidays are meaning I’m starting to ramp up some serious mileages (whilst still keeping the family happy).

The 3 main rides I did last week netted almost 250 miles between them including some tough hills. Two of the rides included ‘The Ryals’ which were tackled by Bradley Wiggins, Mark Cavendish, Geraint Thomas, Ben Swift, Ian Stannard and a load of other professionals on their National Road Race championship the day after I completed it the first time. But I maintain that the climb of the Winter’s Gibbet coming out of Elsdon on my 3rd ride is a much tougher climb and lasts for 3 miles – all done and all in the name of good stamina training 🙂

108 mile Northern Rock Cyclone Challenge

70 miles around hilly Northumberland (poured down for last 15 miles)

66 miles Elsdon return including the tough climb of the Winter’s Gibbet


Spookily on my 108 mile ride I was chatting to someone who also runs a Dawes Ultra Galaxy. His name is John Baxter and he is 52 now and last year when he was 51 (same age as me now) did Lejog, very much the way I intend to do it, including winging and bartering most accommodation. He successfully completed it in 14 days and he says it was the best 2 weeks he’s EVER had!!! Through the race organiser I managed to get in touch with him (huge thanks to Peter Harrison) and we are arranging to meet up to soon so he can pass on tips and tricks 🙂

I’ve also been adding a few ‘sections’ to the blog (accessible at the top) which will eventually include the route, the bike, the accommodation, contact me and anything else I want to stay current.

I decided to take the plunge and order some lighter/better gear which has been starting to arrive:

  1. Gatorskins (previously mentioned for weight saving and faster rolling)
  2. Altura pocket rocket waterproof jacket fits into tiny stuff bag and gets good reviews for waterproofness and breathability
  3. New pump Topeak Turbo Morph Pump – heavier than current pump but acts like track pump and includes gauge and easily gets those Gatorskins up to 115psi
  4. I’ve also ordered a Limar Pro 104 helmet, apparently the lightest helmet in the world (175g).

I now realise I’ve become obsessed with counting grams and getting scared of feet to climb 😦

More again soon…




About barneybear69

'middle aged' cyclist from North East aiming to do the LEJOG in August 2011
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