Thursday, 20 May 2010

Time To Up The Ante...

With my ride to Switzerland only two months away, it's about time I stepped up the mileage.

But with an increasingly active 3-month-old boy and plenty to be getting sorted around the house and garden - as well as a full-time job, of course - the challenge is: when?!

So killing-two-birds-with-one-stone is very much the order of the day.  One answer would be for me to power my laptop by some Heath Robinson (no relation), bicycle-powered contraption.

The other is to combine any necessary trips with a bike ride whenever possible, hence the trip to my Dad's the other weekend (60 miles), and now something a bit bigger - we're going to my brother's in Cheltenham on Saturday, so there's a chance to do 90+ miles...

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Once you get past the M42 it's downhill to Redditch and then pretty flat until Cheltenham.  With any luck I can have my elevenses at my favourite Italian pork bap emporium on the Evesham bypass too.

I've added Leckhampton Hill onto the end - more in hope than expectation - just in case I've got a bit of juice left when I get there.  It's looks reasonably short, but certainly more than steep enough...

If I can do that, I should be fine cycling to Switzerland.

Wednesday, 12 May 2010

A Walk (well, a cycle) in the Park

The sun was shining as 110 riders of all ages and sizes cycled along the Rea Valley cycle route through Cannon Hill Park in Birmingham on Sunday in aid of the Midlands Centre for Spinal Injuries on Sunday.

Rachel's Headstrong Ride (Photo: John James)
There's a lovely slide show of the event by photographer John James here.

And the event smashed it's fundraising target, with a total (so far) of £2260.03!

Thursday, 6 May 2010

Charity Ride Thanks NHS Carers

I'm joining a really worthwhile charity cycle ride this Sunday organised by a woman who survived a horrific cycle accident.

Rachel Burrows broke her spine after a high-speed bicycle crash and wants 106 volunteers to join her on the ride along Birmingham's Rea Valley Cycle Route – one for each of the NHS staff who helped her to recover.

Rachel with the helmet that saved her life

Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Wet, Cold & Windy - Bank Holiday Cycling

Another classic Bank Holiday weekend - wet, cold and windy...

But those miles won't cycle themselves, so I dug the winter gear out and headed off into the gale-force wind, north towards Sutton Coldfield (sadly my wife took the camera out with her, so the pic on this blog post are sourced from Flickr).

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