Rides

A collection of races, sportives, audaxes or time trials that I might have done.

It also includes any riding in new places home & abroad, as well as the indoor world of Zwift.

The Gannets ‘How Hard Can It Be?’ Circuit Race – Stourport – 13th May

The Gannets ‘How Hard Can It Be?’ Circuit Race – Stourport – 13th May

I headed over to Stourport on Severn after work for the Gannets circuit race and to go back to where my season began when I destroyed the back end of my bike warming up, way back in January now. This race was following the full purpose built circuit, anti clockwise as usual (well for me …

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No Frills Racing – Race 1 – Solihull Circuit – Cats 2/3/4 – 7th May

No Frills Racing – Race 1 – Solihull Circuit – Cats 2/3/4 – 7th May

A relatively quick turn around between races this time and heading back to Solihull only a few days after racing there. This race in Solihullwas a new experience, racing with higher categories – around 40 riders raced across three different categories, I was very much the small-fry in this race with not many 4th Cats …

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University of Birmingham Criterium Race – Solihull – 3rd May

University of Birmingham Criterium Race – Solihull – 3rd May

My first race since the Leamington Victoria Park Criterium 3 weeks before took place in Solihull on the Tudor Grange Park cycling circuit – another new track to learn! The race was a 40 minutes + 5 laps type and the track itself was quite interesting – there’s barely a straight line on the criterium …

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Leamington Spa Victoria Park Criteriums #1 – 29th March 2014

Leamington Spa Victoria Park Criteriums #1 – 29th March 2014

It’s been a couple of months since I last raced, a combination of disappointment and destroying my bike at the last two race attempts affecting the confidence somewhat. Everyone’s reaction to being told I was racing at the Leamington Victoria Park crits was ‘there’s always a crash there’ and a more inspiring ‘you’ll do alright …

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The UK Audax Conundrum

The UK Audax Conundrum

An Audax is a self-supported ride to a set route. The route also has controls to show that you’ve completed the distance. These can be numbers from a road sign or a cafe receipt. Once finished, your route card is checked and then signed/stamped to show completion. Each year I look at the list of …

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Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and A Lesson – Part 2b – Raceday

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and A Lesson – Part 2b – Raceday

Paris – Roubaix Raceday Right so, when we left the action I’d managed to do a somersault over my bike on some metal railings (something like the clip below), only I was better and managed to unclip so didn’t do the extra roll on my back) and catch up with the rest of the group …

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Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson – Part 2a – Race Day

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson – Part 2a – Race Day

I’ve already written about my fine Roubaix preparations, and there’s nothing more challenging than riding 170km with no water for the first 50km and no spare inner tubes… The start of the Paris Roubaix Challenge was a little underwhelming with small groups setting off whenever they wanted and no health and safety briefing that we …

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Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson… Part 1 – Preparation

Paris – Roubaix Challenge 2013 – An Experience and a Lesson… Part 1 – Preparation

I wrote a series of 3 posts onto my Facebook detailing my experiences of the Paris – Roubaix Challenge Sportive in 2013. By request and because it would give a good insight of what not to do for people attempting it this year (and onwards), I’m going to post the three parts in full over …

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Stratford upon Avon Cycling Club Reliability Ride Review – 2014

Stratford upon Avon Cycling Club Reliability Ride Review – 2014

I’ve been riding with the Stratford Cycling Club since June last year, so this was my first go at the Stratford Reliability Ride that’s organised to help kick off most people’s seasons. The idea is to have a social ride and by choosing the most appropriate group, see if you’re up to the level of …

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Race 2 – Woolly Mamil Winter Series 2 on the Stourport Circuit – 25th January

Race 2 – Woolly Mamil Winter Series 2 on the Stourport Circuit – 25th January

After last week’s close encounter, I decided to have another stab at this series in my effort to get some early season points taken care of. Some poor timekeeping meant that we arrived just about in the nick of time, with an all-out team effort to get my bike re-assembled, signed-on and dressed correctly in …

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