Jul 252017

My first cycle since walking up Ben Nevis! Feels so good being back out on the bike and wearing Lycra of course!

Also speaking about the Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle, which takes place this Saturday (29th July 2017). More info at www.prudentialridelondon.co.uk/events/freecycle/.

Jul 242017

That’s me now climbed 3 Munros out of 282 so only 1.06% complete! Hoping if the weather let’s me, I’ve do one more in September. Doubt, I will ever make it up all of them! But would be nice to do at least 5% to 10% of them!

Jul 232017

At long last UKTV’s Dave and Home are coming to Freesat. They are to launch on the platform on the 1st August 2017. Dave will be available on channel number 157 and Home on 166.

So happy, they are joining Freesat at long, long last!! Well done Freesat!

Jul 222017

The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes (more 4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 25th July 2017)

In Swaledale, mountain rescuer Pete Roe is called to Tan Hill Inn, Britain’s highest pub, where a man has gone missing in freezing overnight temperatures. In the Lake District, Iona and Peter Frost-Pennington – owners of Muncaster Castle – are about to put 800 years of family history in the hands of first-year performing arts students at the annual Halloween festival. And at Bleak Bank farm in the Dales, will John Dawson be the final Dawson to work on the land?

Impossible Engineering (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 25th July 2017)

Opened in 2016, the Panama Canal expansion was an engineering project on a colossal scale. Hear how history’s pioneers shaped this modern-day feat.

Against the Law (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:30pm | Wednesday 26th July 2017)

Powerful factual drama following the lead-up to the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts between adult males, in private, in England and Wales. The dramatic events that led to this Act took place over ten years before and are at the heart of this film. When Peter Wildeblood fell in love with Edward McNally in 1952, homosexuality was a crime. Wildeblood’s lover, under pressure from the authorities, turned evidence against him in the infamous Montagu Trial. Wildeblood and his friends were found guilty of homosexual offences and jailed. With his career in tatters and his private life painfully exposed, Wildeblood began his sentence a broken man, but he emerged from Wormwood Scrubs a year later determined to do all he could to change the way these draconian laws against homosexuality impacted on the lives of men like him. Woven through this powerful drama is testimony from a chorus of men who lived through those dark days.

Impossible Engineering (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Wednesday 26th July 2017)

The building of this 3km-long bridge in Greece faced may obstacles – not least seismic activity. Discover how an improbable feat of engineering was accomplished.

Impossible Engineering (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Thursday 27th July 2017)

The world’s largest crane ship, the Pioneering Spirit can install oil pipelines in deep waters. Hear about the cutting-edge technology behind this project.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 28th July 2017)

The double Bafta-nominated series continues live on Friday nights for the 11th series with its unique brand of irreverent satire and sharp topical comedy. In this show John Cleese joins Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe to examine the biggest and most entertaining news stories and rounds up the main talking points of the week.

Impossible Engineering (Yesterday | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Friday 28th July 2017)

The Shanghai Tower is the world’s second tallest building and is designed to withstand earthquakes and typhoons. Learn more about this triumph of engineering.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Jul 172017

Job done, we both climbed Ben Nevis, which is the which is the highest mountain in the British Isles!! Standing at 1,345 metres above sea level!!! We could not have had a better day for it!! Could see for miles and miles at the top!

I would say that doing Ben Nevis, is right up there with doing the End to End cycle!

And just to show that we really did it! The route we took can be seen @ www.strava.com/activities/1088565730.

More photos from this set can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/uk-named-summits/ben-nevis-17-07-2017/.

Jul 152017

That was another great cycle with Nick! He sure does look great in Lycra! Maybe better than me!! LOL!! He did well, it was maybe his third longest cycle ever! We did 27 miles!!!

Love these photos? Then make sure you comment!!!

Nick and myself cycling
Nick and myself cycling
Nick and myself cycling
Nick and myself cycling
Nick and myself cycling

More photos from this set can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/15-07-2017/.

Jul 152017

The Yorkshire Dales and the Lakes (more4 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 18th July 2017)

John and William Dawson of Bleak Bank Farm face a crux moment in the farming calendar as they must gather in 2000 sheep across a 3500-acre expanse of the Dales. Later, at auction, John has his eye on a tip-top tup for breeding. The Leyburn Brass Band prepares for the Hardraw Brass Band Festival. And in the Lakes, Trudy Harrison fights to turn round the fortunes of Bootle, a village that has seen 20 businesses fold in two decades. They’ve lost their local pub and the village shop is up for sale. Can Trudy transform the old butcher’s into an estate agents?

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 10:00pm 11:05pm | Friday 21st July 2017)

For the second week, as well as examining the biggest and most entertaining stories of the week with their upbeat, honest, and award-winning brand of satirical comedy, Adam Hills, Alex Brooker and Josh Widdicombe will bring viewers up to date on the highs and lows from the World Para Athletics Championships taking place live from London. The guys are joined by a live audience and big name guests from the worlds of comedy, entertainment and sport to help dissect the week’s events. In this show, Paralympic champion Ellie Simmonds joins double Paralympic gold medalists Jonnie Peacock and Liam Malone live in the studio, alongside many more Paralympic heroes.

All TV guide information taken from DigiGuide — www.getdigiguide.tv/?p=1&r=15119.

Jul 142017

That’s me now done 48,000.3 miles of cycling, since April 2003! Which is a hell of a long way! Should get that to over 50,000 miles before the end of the year!!

I will leave you, with some of my favourite cycling photos!

Pearl Izumi Team Garmin-Chipotle team kit
Cannondale Pro Cycling Team 2014
Nick and myself cycling

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