I have been getting in the miles again this week since the ‘non-biking’ easter weekend in attempt to get back on schedule for my 500 mile monthly target. I should have stuck with the 400 mile target like last month as I have another 5 days away in Norfolk next week. I will take a bike and see what I can fit in, weather and time permitting.
I did a quick 20 miles on a local circuit on Tuesday and this morning I managed a 48 mile ride into Bedfordshire. It is one of my favourite rides. Not too hilly but hilly enough and also some stretches where you can push on a bit. There is one stretch I particularly like at Clophill. The route winds through the village and then there is a sharp left into a narrow lane that winds up through the trees. It reminds me of the sort of scene you see in the big continental bike races where the riders turn off a road and speed into a narrow lane just like mine and then they start a big climb. Unlike them though my climb is only half a mile whereas their climbs are usually several miles..
It was a nice enough day, still a bit chilly so not into shorts yet, apart from that brief warm spell a couple of weeks ago. There was also quite a strong south-west wind today which didn’t help on the way back. I also encountered a couple of hail storms during the ride. As usual, whatever the length of the ride, I ran out of the ability to push on anymore so the last few miles were at a more steady 15mph.
I spent most of yesterday getting the rest of my bike stable back into shape as I have spent most of the time recently working on the Felt bike. More details and pictures of the results of my endeavours will follow later in another post.