To some extent, the things I did in 2012 where a bit more noteworthy, which included a LEJOG - (End to End) and a great road cycling holiday in southern Spain, but there's been a few great days out since then that would have deserved a mention. Oh well, after a two and a half year absence, I'm back. If I can remember what happened, I might go back and plug a few gaps. There's been a number of epic one day rides and I ventured onto the velodrome (indoor track at the National Cycling Centre) for the first time in the spring of 2014.
|Me feeling good after a session on the track (in Manchester)|
As I say, depending on time available. I may even backtrack over some of the things I did in 2014/2015. Even if I didn't do too much on the bike worth mentioning, there was watching the Tour de France in Yorkshire (Grand Départ), which was pretty epic. Come to think of it, I rode the Stage One (...and some) a week or two before the Pro Peloton arrived in the UK.
|Ribble Valley Cycling and Racing Club on a Wednesday night|
I ended 2015 with the gruelling Rapha Festive 500 Strava challenge, as I'd done a few times before (I failed once, but did achieve it the first time). 310 miles in a week and a day, doesn't seem like much of a challenge on paper, but considering it's between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve and I'm in the UK, it's a test. The weather is poor, the days are short and if you are not working then you're doing the social rounds with friend and relatives, so physically fitting in 40 miles a day is tough. Once you've missed a day, that's a pretty long ride in the winter needed to pick it up. Anyway, I got there and recently got my fabric badge to prove it (...and to go on my Speedos!).
|My Rapha Strava challenge badge collection|
Getting back onto the road after that has been tough. The winter's been extremely mild, with very little frost, snow or ice, but it's been pissing it down constantly off the back of a number of tropical storms and many places have been flooded on and off since early December 2015. One motivation has been the Strava segment climbing challenge (...well competition) that one of my club-mates set up, and the man at VeloViewer kindly automated into one of his segment hunter features.
The Ribble Valley Grimpeur Of The Year 2016 was born one club night over the winter and has been cooking up a bit of rivalry out on the roads and online. I've been chipping away at the various segments off the list, but it is very slow going at the moment. Oh well, things can only get better?
|The Ribble Valley Grimpeur Of The Year 2016|
I'm riding high on the leader-board at the moment by virtue of riding most of the climbs, not how well I'm going up them. However, I discovered I'm carrying a whole bundle of extra Kilos I didn't know about up 'them there hills', but that's a whole other story!
|New RVCRC website for 2016|
Off the bike, I've been having some fun and games with some hackers on the Cycling Clubs website. The end result is that I'm currently doing a new one for them, which should be up and running in mid February 2016. It'll be on a new domain name and a bit easier to manage, so hopefully between me and the other volunteers we can keep it a bit more up-to-date going forward. Watch this space...