May 042017
 

That truly was a totally amazing cycle! Reminds me, why I love cycling so much! Just a great way to see amazing scenery, much better than being in a metal box!

Of course for scenery, you can’t get much better than Scotland!!! Also can tell just how much fun, I was having! Since I ended up doing the longest cycle of 2017 so far! Ended up doing 63.5 miles!

Was also good fun doing route, that I’ve not done since August 2009, when I did the End to End cycle!

You can check out the full route and stats from the cycle @ www.strava.com/activities/971062599.

I will now leave you with some photos from the cycle!!!








The full set of these photos can be seen @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/04-05-2017/.

Mar 152017
 

That’s me now cycled to work, twice so far this year! Well pleased with that! Also set a better time, this time around! On Saturday it took me 1:49:48 (h:m:s), this time it took me 1:45:25. Of course in the summer, I will set even better times!

By cycling to and from just twice this year, I’ve already saved 96 car miles!

You can check out the route @ www.strava.com/activities/901329048.

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 3:26pm.
  • Distance: 24.37 miles.
  • Time: 1:45:25 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 1:46:28 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 13.9 mph.
  • Max Speed: 26 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 156 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 4 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 78 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Mar 122017
 

Since I cycled to work, I of course had to cycle back home again… last year, I always left my bike at work, then got a lift back the next day. So always cycled home in daylight! So it’s the first, time I’ve cycled back from work at night, in 2 years! Lucky since, I last did it! I’ve got a much better front light again!

You can check out the route @ www.strava.com/activities/896632188.

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 11:37pm.
  • Distance: 23.97 miles.
  • Time: 1:56:07 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 2:07:25 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.4 mph.
  • Max Speed: 28 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 200 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 4 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 78 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Mar 112017
 

That’s me just done the first cycle to work of 2017! Normally don’t even think about doing it, till May or June time! But my car got a flat tire on the way to work on Friday. So using the spire tire right now, which means. I can only go a MAX speed of 50 mph. Try driving down the A1 at that speed and see how many BEEP at you!

Hoping to get it fixed Monday or Tuesday this week! But at least, it give me a good reason to cycle to work! The first of many times this year, I am sure!

You can check out the route @ www.strava.com/activities/896137066.

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 3:02pm.
  • Distance: 24.31 miles.
  • Time: 1:49:48 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 1:57:53 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 13.3 mph.
  • Max Speed: 25.6 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 151 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 4 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 78 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Mar 092017
 

That was another great cycle! This time, I cycled from home around Rutland Water via Oakham! Also my second 30+ mile cycle of the week! Now at 93.1 miles so far this week! So will hit the first 100 mile week, so far this year!

But still got a lot, more to do this month! Right now, only done 127.5 miles when my goal for the month is at least 425.8 miles! I doubt, I will make it! But I will see what I can do!

You can check out the route @ www.strava.com/activities/893529788.

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 1:21pm.
  • Distance: 34.13 miles.
  • Time: 2:56:04 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 3:39:41 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 11.8 mph.
  • Max Speed: 28.1 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 305 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 51 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 140 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Mar 072017
 

That was a great cycle! The longest of the year so far, at 34.13 miles. Also had a look at the first part of the Grantham Southern Relief Road. Which will take the A52 away from the town centre. But it’s a good number of years away from opening! Which now, it’s just a road to nowhere! But believe, they will be linking it up the A1 next. With work staring at some point this year.

But since it’s not open at all right now, to traffic. I had a good look around and also took some photos!

You can check out the route @ www.strava.com/activities/891176305.

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

Route map:-

Elevation graph:-

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 1:52pm.
  • Distance: 34.13 miles.
  • Time: 2:46:44 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 3:56:36 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.3 mph.
  • Max Speed: 34.3 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 390 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 55 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 142 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Photos:-



Dec 182016
 

That sure was another great fun night time cycle! I did 28.34 miles, which it the longest night time cycle of the year! Plus also the longest ride of December so far! But after today, only got three days left, I can do any cycling! Since on Thursday, I am off to Scotland and not back till 2017!!

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

Route map:-

Elevation graph:-

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 3:40pm.
  • Distance: 28.34 miles.
  • Time: 2:33:51 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 3:16:56 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 11.1 mph.
  • Max Speed: 28.9 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 345 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 48 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 141 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Sep 262016
 

That truly was an amazing cycle! First time, I’ve done in Scotland in a long time! This route, more than made for not cycling in Scotland for a good number of years!

The cycle took me from Killearn to Balfron, then to Fintry then over the Crow Road! Then into Strathblane, up onto the Stockiemuir then back into Killearn via Gartness Road!

Check out the killer hills the route took me over @ www.strava.com/activities/725740790.

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

Route map:-

26-09-2016 - bike ride route map

Elevation graph:-

26-09-2016 - bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 12:10pm.
  • Distance: 33.09 miles.
  • Time: 2:54:46 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 4:58:50 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 11.4 mph.
  • Max Speed: 33.1 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 701 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 16 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 340 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Photos:-




May 242016
 

At long last, I’ve just done the first 50+ mile cycle of the year! Let’s hope it’s the first of many! Also really hoping, I do at least one 100 mile cycle this year! Not done one of them, in a number of years!

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

Route map:-

24-05-2016 - bike ride route map

Elevation graph:-

24-05-2016 - bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 11:30 am.
  • Distance: 53.51 miles.
  • Time: 3:58:07 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 4:39:28 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 13.5 mph.
  • Max Speed: 31.9 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 485 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 10 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 164 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Apr 262016
 

That’s me not long back in from doing the longest cycle on the bike so far! I did 36.45 miles! I would have liked to have done over 40 miles! But all the rain, wind and even the hail was starting to do my head in! It’s feeling more like February, than late April! I am normally out in my shorts by now! It’s still way, way to cold for that!!

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

Route map:-

26-04-2016 - bike ride route map

Elevation graph:-

26-04-2016 - bike ride elevation graph

Route statistics:-

  • Start time: 1:00 pm.
  • Distance: 36.45 miles.
  • Time: 2:56:06 (h:m:s).
  • Elapsed Time: 3:20:30 (h:m:s).
  • Avg Speed: 12.4 mph.
  • Max Speed: 31.4 mph.
  • Elevation Gain: 339 meters.
  • Min Elevation: 10 meters.
  • Max Elevation: 88 meters.

Data from: Garmin Connect.

Photos:-

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