March 2013 cycling statistics

Here are my cycling statistics for March 2013. I am very pleased with how many miles I did. Since I was bike less for the first 9 days of March. Which also meant I had next to no way of beating last March’s total. Which was 602 miles. So I am, 135.2 miles down on what I did in March last year.

So far my yearly stands at 1,111.3 miles. Total miles since April 2003 is now at 28,026.6. Hoping to get that over 30K by July!

Here is the data from March 2013:-

  • Total cycles: 21.
  • Total Distance: 466.72 miles.
  • Total Time: 36:50:56 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.7 mph.
  • Max Time: 4:53:47 (h:m:s).
  • Max Speed: 34 mph.
  • Avg Distance: 22.22 miles.
  • Max Distance: 61.06 miles | 21-Mar : First 60+ mile cycle of 2013!!

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Here are my favourite cycling photos from the month

Out cyclingOakham Road / Exton RoadCold Overton Road / Oakham Road / The CarriagewayMelton Country ParkLook at all that snow!

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 30/03/2013

Doctor Who: The Bells of Saint John. Series 33, episode 6 (BBC 1/HD | 6:15pm to 7:00pm | Saturday 30th March 2013)

Sci-fi drama. The Doctor’s search for Clara Oswald brings him to modern-day London, where Wi-Fi is everywhere. Humanity lives in a Wi-Fi soup. But something dangerous is lurking in the signals, picking off minds and imprisoning them. As Clara becomes the target of this insidious menace, the Doctor races to save her and the world from an ancient enemy.

Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader (Channel 4/HD | 5:50pm to 8:00pm | Sunday 31st March 2013)

The network premiere of Michael Apted’s family fantasy adventure, telling the continued adventures of the children who discovered a fantastical world hidden at the back of a wardrobe. In this third instalment of CS Lewis’s enduring saga, Lucy and Edmund are transported back to the mystical land of Narnia while admiring what turns out to be an enchanted painting.

Toughest Place to be a Bus Driver: The Return (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 31st March 2013)

British workers return to the place where they did their jobs in some of the toughest conditions in the world. London bus driver Josh West heads back to the chaotic streets of Manila in the Philippines. In 2010, he spent an emotional two weeks learning to drive a jeepney – a colourfully decorated, adapted jeep which has no power steering, dodgy lights and an uncomfortable seat. He formed a strong bond with his host Rogelio Castro, moved by the daily struggle of an ordinary Filipino working to feed his family and lift them from poverty. Since Josh came home to the UK, he has raised money to try and transform Rogelio’s life. Now he is returning to Manila to see how things have changed and to set out on a new adventure that sees him star on Manila’s most popular chat show and go fishing in the South China Sea, before taking to the streets once more in the terrifying jeepney.

Keeping Britain Alive: The NHS in a Day (BBC 2/HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Tuesday 2nd April 2013)

Documentary series capturing one day in the NHS, filmed by 100 camera crews across the UK, revealing the extraordinary range of demands placed on the country’s biggest institution. In the second episode, the anxious parents in a neonatal unit await news from a critical scan, and an ex-boxing champion battles his demons at a Welsh detox clinic. In Essex, Susan struggles with her husband’s worsening dementia. In London, Alan prepares for his first ever operation, in which he will donate a kidney to wife.

Have I Got News for You (BBC 1/HD | 9:00pm to 9:30pm | Friday 5th April 2013)

The popular news quiz returns, with team captains Paul Merton and Ian Hislop, guest host Stephen Mangan and guest panellists Joan Bakewell and Richard Osman.

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

BBC Two HD has launched

BBC two HDBBC Two HD has now launched on all digital TV platforms. The channel now replaces BBC HD. It launched at 6:03am this morning.

There is one single network version of BBC Two HD. Viewers in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland will be able to watch programmes from BBC Two England on the channel, with their local output continuing on standard definition BBC Two and BBC One Scotland / Wales / Northern Ireland HD.

I still think the BBC has done the wrong thing here. Since now they have no where to show HD shows from BBC Three and BBC Four.

Vlog: Look at all the snow!

I can’t believe it’s officially spring time here in the UK. But with all the snow, we have been having you could not tell at all. Look at all the snow on the B1176 between Swinstead and Corby Glen in Lincolnshire.

UK TV programmes to watch this week : 23/03/2013

Madness Live: Goodbye Television Centre (BBC HD | 8:30pm to 9:30pm | Saturday 23rd March 2013)

As the BBC makes its exit from the iconic west London site of Television Centre, BBC Four presents a special night of celebration of the building and its 53-year history. To kick start proceedings, the nation’s favourite nutty boys and national treasures Madness take to the stage at the front of BBC Television Centre to perform an hour long concert in front of an assembled audience nine days before TV Centre closes its doors. To help launch this celebration of over 50 years of programme making at TVC Madness treat us to new material and classics alike, such as One Step Beyond, I Never Knew Your Name, Baggy Trousers and Our House.

Toughest Place to be a… (BBC 2/BBC HD | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Sunday 24th March 2013)

Series in which British workers are challenged to do their job under some of the toughest conditions in the world. Firefighter Neil Fairhall is leaving his fire station in Hayward’s Heath and heading to the Amazon to fight some of the biggest forest fires in the world. While a lot of a British firefighters’ time is spent attending small fires and false alarms, during the dry season in Mato Grosso state, the Jatoba Fire Brigade can work for four days at a time trying to save the forest from fire. As Neil trains and works with fire chief Edimar Dos Santos Abreu and his crew, he learns that the blazes are often started deliberately in order to clear the forest for illegal agriculture and that this now represents the single biggest threat to the Amazon.

Boris Johnson: The Irresistible Rise (BBC 2 | 9:00pm to 10:00pm | Monday 25th March 2013)

Boris Johnson is the biggest star in British politics. Nobody connects to the public like Boris, some even see him as a future Prime Minister. So what really makes him tick and is he a serious contender for the top job? With unprecedented access to Johnson himself, candid interviews and previously unseen archive, Michael Cockerell unlocks the secrets of the real Boris Johnson.

The Last Leg (Channel 4/HD | 9:30pm to 10:00pm | Friday 29th March 2013)

The final show in the current series of the award-winning gang show. Guest Kevin Bridges joins Adam Hills, Josh Widdicombe and Alex Brooker to provide intelligent and alternative commentary on the significant moments of the past seven days, as well as pulling out the hidden gems, and weird and wonderful talking point stories of the week. The Last Leg also incorporates live studio challenges and VTs, including Alex Brooker’s continuing quest to reach the Paralympics in Rio 2016 as a participant. Plus – of course – Is It OK?

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

Yob killed autistic gay teenager at his 18th birthday

Steven SimpsonAn autistic teenager died after being covered in self-tanning oil and set alight during drunken ‘horseplay’ at his 18th birthday party, a court heard.

Steven Simpson, who suffered from Asperger’s syndrome, a speech impairment and epilepsy, died from horrific burns the next day.

Jordan Sheard only gets 21 months jail for burning lad to death. He killed someone, he should get LIFE!!!!

Read about about this very sad news at:-

21-Mar-2013 : First 60+ mile cycle of 2013!!

Just done my first 60+ mile cycle of the year!! When I set off, I was going to be happy with just 40 miles. But since I was racing a mate via twitter. I had to keep going.  Also I wanted to cover lots of new roads. Which I did! Look at the blue on the map below! I think I will do, most if not all of that route again at some point. When I do first 100+ cycle of the year. Think I will use, lots of it.

I will now leave you with the route map, elevation graph, route statistics and photos.

Route map:-

21-03-2013 bike ride

The dark blue section of the route, shows new roads I covered during the cycle.

Elevation graph:

21-03-2013 bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • Distance: 61.06 miles.
  • Time: 4:53:47 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.5 mph.
  • Max Speed: 31.3 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 1,327 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 25 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 221 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Photos from the cycle:-

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