Friday 9th bike ride

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.

Friday 18th bike ride

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.

Tuesday 15th bike ride

After cycling to Arlesey on Monday, I needed to get a few supplies for my bike before the London to Cambridge event next month. So instead of using the car (which would cost £1.50), I decided to cycle to Biggleswade and back.

So my route was:

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It was quite possibly one of the windiest days I’ve been cycling this year! No matter what direction I was going in, it was a constant struggle. On the way back I was rather weighed down with all the shopping I’d bought at ASDA, so I learnt a lesson, take a better backpack.

I bought another water carrier for the seat post, a CO2 pump with 4 spare cartridges and an inner tube, so hopefully I now have enough kit to fix two bikes.