So yet another long bike ride. This is probably the last long bike ride before the London to Cambridge event! Total ride was 32.5 miles. Stopped for 30 minutes in total and it took just under 3 hours from door to door! Not bad!
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Southill road is pretty amazing. There’s a very large hill going down towards Cardington and as soon as you reach the top of the hill you have a clear view of the Cardington hangers.
Towards Millow from Biggleswade the thunder flies appeared and made it painful! The heat was also pretty intense. It happened to be one of the hottest days of the year and it was lucky we left early or we would have baked.
Tuesday was bike 2 work day in Stevenage.
I started off at 6.10 am and it was fairly nippy outside – 15C. It took until Radwell to get my muscles warmed up, so the first hill was a bit of a challenge.
The traffic wasn’t too bad and there was only one car (taxi) that didn’t pass with ample room.
The route I took was as follows (below) on the way there. On the way back I cut across from just outside of Radwell back to Hinxworth as I was shattered and too hot to attempt the Ashwell hill.
Total Distance 26.5 miles.
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It took 1 hour 20 minutes to get to the bike 2 work meeting point, but I forgot to check how long it took to get back.
There were about 20 people milling about at the meeting point. Goody bags were being handed out to those who wanted one. The goody bag included lots of leaflets a bike clip (?) and a chocolate bar. If you wanted a free breakfast, you were given a coin and could get anything from the sandwich van. I opted for just getting a carton of Ribena as I didn’t want to eat anything substantial before going back.
Also at the event was CEMEX who were demonstrating how little lorries can see of cyclists from their cab. A black mat in front of the cab showed where the bling spot was. The lorry had been fitted with a special mirror that allowed the lorry driver to see in to that blind spot.
The ride back was exceedingly bumpy as I tried to use the pavement between Graveley and Baldock to avoid the traffic. Somehow the screen on my phone got a nice crack across it 🙁
Images courtesy of CEMEX UK.
We need to start getting in quite a bit of training as there is just over a month now till the bike ride on the 25th July!
So I’ve had this route planned for half a year now. We didn’t go quite according to the route I had planned. Made a few mistakes that added about 2 miles to the original and even ended up cycling down the A507(!) which wasn’t fun, but all cars that passed did so at a good distance.
So here is the final route we took (roughly – as Google maps doesn’t seem to know the bit at the edge of Letchworth and the bit in Ashwell). We went Langford, Shefford, Shillington way, not the way google maps shows as arrows. Total mileage was 31.4 miles
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We stopped for lunch in Ickleford at the Old George Inn which was very nice, but a big mistake as we cooled down too much and found the next section through Letchworth, Baldock and in to Ashwell, very hard going. So we learnt a lot from the ride: Don’t eat lunch, take jelly babies and pretzels, take lots of water and make sure to refill it at every stop and don’t stop for longer than 5 minutes.
My next ride will be on Tuesday 22nd as its bike to work day in Stevenage and its another good excuse to get some training in.