Welcome friends. This humble blog is about the simple observations I discover whilst cycling through lovely Wales. I hope to offer you, dear reader; cheerful reflections upon the days and miles I pedal, along with encouragement to get out and explore on a bicycle! Perhaps too, if I attempt a bit of amusing anecdotes along the way, I may invoke your readership as well. Thanks for stopping by... cheers, cm

Sunday, March 9, 2014

A Word About February 2014

It was wet. In fact, February 2014 was the wettest month ever recorded in the entire history of recorded weather in all of the UK. Got that? We had more rain ever recorded in a single month.

photo credit: bbc news

It was horrible. It was cold and windy and it rained and rained and rained. Thousands of homes were flooded and the coasts of Wales, Cornwall, and Devon were battered. Quite simply, it was like nothing ever seen in the UK.

photo credit: Met Office

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And along with the horrible weather, I caught a cold with a relentless cough that kept me inside for most of the month. So between the two, my cycling was pretty much non-existent during February 2014.

But on a much more positive note... March is looking F A B U L O U S ! ! ! I've been out cycling a few times this month and yesterday was the nicest day we've had this year.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Horrible, Terrible, Inexcusable!

I am without excuse for not posting sooner... and now I've talked it up?!? I've sent people to my website without providing current or more importantly, relevant content... Horrible, terrible, inexcusable.

So... if you are reading this because of my flappy mouth, well... here are a few quick links to direct you to those very things I've yapped on about... URGH!!!

Of course, you should take some time to explore... just poke around... because, well... I want you to!

cheers! ~cm

Monday, November 25, 2013

5astest 5ifty

It's not often that I concern myself with how fast I ride, but recently I saw the times needed for sanctioned audux rides and although I haven't ridden a full century this year, I have ridden over 50 miles on many occasions. So I went back and reviewed my 2013 records and was rather surprised to see that I hadn't yet met the time and speed required for a half-century. Kinda shocking actually.

I don't think of myself as terribly slow, but I do ride at a fairly comfortable pace. Also of note; I always include my breaks and lunch stops within my average speed. So the hour lunches and assorted snack breaks pulls my average(s) way down, of course.

I plotted a course yesterday that I was interested in riding and low & behold... it was exactly 50 miles! So the challenge was on. For a half-century (50 miles) I would need to finish within six hours. I left at 9:15 this morning hoping to be home by 3:00 pm.

So... I was home by 2:30 pm! I stopped briefly in Usk and Fourteen Locks. My overall time was 5 hours, 15 minutes; with a moving time of 4 hours, 15 minutes. That's an average speed of 11.8 mph and honestly I was rather surprised and quite chuffed. Plus too, I climbed over 3,300 feet. And here it is in bold...

50 miles; 4 hrs, 15 minutes; 11.8 avg. speed; 3,323 elevation gain

Next spring when the days get a bit longer I'll give the century a go.

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