Glorious rides today?

briantrumpet
briantrumpet Posts: 18,885
edited March 2011 in Road beginners
Having just come back from a wonderful sunny 81-miler going through Devon up to the outer fringes of Exmoor, and then back over the Blackdown Hills, I wondered if other people have had particularly glorious rides today. I'm only sorry I didn't take a camera to record the superb sights along the way....
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  • Well i did a 30 miler around exmouth and over woodbury common late this afternoon - so not a million miles from where you were today, yes the weather was fab but it got cold as the sun went down - bit like yesterday really!
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,885
    Well i did a 30 miler around exmouth and over woodbury common late this afternoon - so not a million miles from where you were today, yes the weather was fab but it got cold as the sun went down - bit like yesterday really!
    Hmm, must have almost passed you, as I came back over Woodbury Common at about 5.45! Yes, it was jolly nippy by then - I was glad I'd put arm & leg warmers in my jersey pockets when I set off!
  • morstar
    morstar Posts: 6,190
    Did a short but very hilly 26 miles today which was pleasant but yesterdays 24 mile each way commute was absolutely glorious both in and out. Like you, I have no pictures either (unfortunately).

    I've been logging my rides on my nokia phone using sports tracker. They've really gone to town on teh website and the functionality is fantastic if anybody is looking for GPS software that works.
  • AndyOgy
    AndyOgy Posts: 579
    I woke up feeling really groggy but there was no way that I was going to miss out on at least a little ride in this weather. Glad that I did though, I'm feeling much better and I'm staying in on a Saturday night so that I'm fresh faced for a longer ride tomorrow.
  • mallorcajeff
    mallorcajeff Posts: 1,489
    I did 102 miles today round the mountains of Mallorca and the weather was stunning. Climbed over 8000ft in total for the day so sittign in a bar chuffed at the moment. roll on summer
  • unixnerd
    unixnerd Posts: 2,864
    Too snowy for cycling, went cross country skiing instead :-)
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  • alistaird
    alistaird Posts: 290
    First ever ride on my newly built Sintesi Blade. Lovely weather, no bike problems, cleats came loose on my new shoes, but didn't fall off!!!

    Can't wait for the next ride...

    Alistair
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  • Monty Dog
    Monty Dog Posts: 20,614
    Went out at 9am when it was distinctly parky, by 11 it was glorious sunshine and remained that way for the rest of the ride..180km later. Over the top of Hampshire Downs to Hannington, across to St Mary Bourne, Longparish and Wherwell and then down the Test Valley to Kimbridge - leisurely cafe stop. Back via King's Sombourne and up the Old Sarum Road into Winchester, along the Itchen to Alresford and finally back via the Candovers. Can't remember many March days as glorious as this in a long time.
    Make mine an Italian, with Campagnolo on the side..
  • turboslave
    turboslave Posts: 178
    50 fantastic miles into the Cotswolds today, past Broadway Tower, through the lavender fields, across to Ford then dropping down to Guiting and over Naunton Downs before dropping into Naunton then onward and upward back past Cotswold Farm park over Trafalgar xroads and back to the Tower retracing the outward ride home.

    Great to be out in the sunshine on dry quiet roads, only passed 5 other riders which surprised me a little.

    Roll on the summer.
  • went 53 miles on my summer bike[ pinarello] round selby,towton,sherburn, yorkshire! fantasic day!! :D
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,885
    turboslave wrote:
    Great to be out in the sunshine on dry quiet roads, only passed 5 other riders which surprised me a little.
    Yes, I expected to see more too (I didn't have any to chase down!) - just one group of five reasonably serious cyclists (but taking it easy), and a few pairs of 'leisure' riders - including one where I first saw the female, looking relaxed, coming up the long hill from Wiveliscombe, on her mountain bike, wearing 'leisure' clothes - then quite a way behind, the male partner, in full cycling gear on road bike, puffing like a good 'un. Though I bet he'd still be on the front if they were on a tandem - the only way he'd stay ahead of her, from the looks of things.
  • Peddle Up!
    Peddle Up! Posts: 2,040
    turboslave wrote:
    50 fantastic miles into the Cotswolds today, past Broadway Tower, through the lavender fields, across to Ford then dropping down to Guiting and over Naunton Downs before dropping into Naunton then onward and upward back past Cotswold Farm park over Trafalgar xroads and back to the Tower retracing the outward ride home.

    Great to be out in the sunshine on dry quiet roads, only passed 5 other riders which surprised me a little.

    Roll on the summer.

    I know the route. Wonderful. :)
    Purveyor of "up" :)
  • thegreatdivide
    thegreatdivide Posts: 5,807
    The warm up for the Sunday run turned a 33 mile round trip through the Sidlaw hills. Brutal climbing into headwinds. Very fast descents. Superb fun.
  • 70 miles, 30 odd with some club riders (gentle social ride) then off on my own after a quick refuel and did 37 miles on my own.

    Hard to say no to a ride when the sun is out and it's warm, rather rude in fact. :evil:

    I would have done more but only got 3 hours kip, so towards the end was yawning a fair amount and was shattered, so came home and crashed out after a quick shower.
  • sagalout
    sagalout Posts: 338
    110 fantastic miles in the Yorkshire dales with 5 mates, as a recce for start and end sections of the Etape du Dales. Decent climbs (8500ft) rewarding descents, stunning scenery, bright sunshine, great company and a substantial lunch :)

    All in all a bloody brilliant day on the bike

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  • Chris McG
    Chris McG Posts: 189
    Not road but I had a great MTB race today in the Gorrick Spring Series :D
    "Orbea, Bianchi, Ridley, Van Nicholas, Planet X, Niner. My Euro-bike menagerie was going well up to the last 2..."
  • I did a stunning loop in The Peaks - Buxton - Monyash - Bakewell - Chatsworth - the gloriously named Shatton - Hathersage - Castleton - Winnats Pass - Peak Forest and back into Buxton - beautiful, simply beautiful
  • Got a call around 8.40am for a systems issue, finally finished around 5pm.

    Ruined my ride. :x
    Its Italian, its carbon.....and some lanky tool rides it.
  • briantrumpet
    briantrumpet Posts: 18,885
    I did a stunning loop in The Peaks - Buxton - Monyash - Bakewell - Chatsworth - the gloriously named Shatton - Hathersage - Castleton - Winnats Pass - Peak Forest and back into Buxton - beautiful, simply beautiful
    Does sound nice. Did you meet any sheep?
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    Lovely club ride today with VC Norwich. We went to the Bressingham Steam museum,not a great cafe but a great ride. BIg thrash back with the wind behind us, managed to top 26mph whilst climbing a hill!!!
  • markos1963 wrote:
    We went to the Bressingham Steam museum, not a great cafe!
    That is a very generous description of that place. For the prices they charge I'd want the sausage rolls and cakes givng me a happy ending, not a quesy stomach.
  • markos1963
    markos1963 Posts: 3,724
    markos1963 wrote:
    We went to the Bressingham Steam museum, not a great cafe!
    That is a very generous description of that place. For the prices they charge I'd want the sausage rolls and cakes givng me a happy ending, not a quesy stomach.

    Funny you should say that, the scone I had sat very badly on me the whole ride home!
  • I loathe that place and I know many club riders my side of the border who are also of the same views about it, yet somehow it always seems to pull in club rides, I'm sure they employ Sirens to call in club ride leaders or something mythical along those lines.

    I had a really bad day a while back and was on the edge of a bonk, wolfed down one of their sausage rolls to try and counter it and an already dodgy stomach (reason for the close bonk call) went into hyperdrive, a very unpleasant ride back to Bury followed by several close calls with getting skin to porcelain for the rest of the day if you catch my drift.

    You know you are in trouble when your arse is doing a very good impression of Chewbacca complaining about doing something stupid with his spaceship...
  • meanredspider
    meanredspider Posts: 12,337
    30-mile blast to Cromarty and back - bloody coffee shop wasn't open though! Averaged nearly 23mph on the outward leg without really trying too hard such was the wind.
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  • I loathe that place and I know many club riders my side of the border who are also of the same views about it, yet somehow it always seems to pull in club rides, I'm sure they employ Sirens to call in club ride leaders or something mythical along those lines.

    I had a really bad day a while back and was on the edge of a bonk, wolfed down one of their sausage rolls to try and counter it and an already dodgy stomach (reason for the close bonk call) went into hyperdrive, a very unpleasant ride back to Bury followed by several close calls with getting skin to porcelain for the rest of the day if you catch my drift.

    You know you are in trouble when your ars* is doing a very good impression of Chewbacca complaining about doing something stupid with his spaceship...

    Where do you usually ride around Bury? Im from near newmarket/mildenhall, went on a 60miler today around newmarket, haverhill, bury very nice weather, although not quite so as yesterday.
  • No riding today, but had a fantastic ride yesterday - my first century :D

    Western Edinburgh across the Forth Bridge and through Dunfermline and Glen Devon to Gleneagles. Turn off at Muthill to Comrie for a lunch stop and to visit my gran. Home via Braco (the Comrie to Braco road is brilliant on a bike), Dunblane, Grangemouth and finally giving up in Linlithgow when it got too dark to continue.
  • springtide9
    springtide9 Posts: 1,731
    My longest (road) ride today, close to 63 miles and 5000 ft of climbing. Bristol - Cheddar - Bristol. But slow, but found a lovely coffee and cake shop. Oooo, cake... lovely carrot cake to be precise :lol:

    Weather was perfect.

    Two more weeks and will be riding the Bath100, plus a little commute to the event.

    Now really looking forward to it. Need to get one more ride in next weekend - lets hope the weather plays ball! Oh, and bikefit at Bike Science Thursday! :)
    Simon
  • Where do you usually ride around Bury? Im from near newmarket/mildenhall, went on a 60miler today around newmarket, haverhill, bury very nice weather, although not quite so as yesterday.
    Bury -> Thetford -> Elveden -> Lakenheath - > 5 Ways roundabout/Mildenhall - > Bury

    Is one of my regular 50 mile or so training routes.

    Now the weather is getting better/longer days I will maybe push down from Mildenhall to Newmarket down the A11, then cut in near Haverhill and back to Bury/Through Clare and Cavendish if I am feeling frisky still as I need to start upping the distances I ride in prep for September.

    Some routes added here you can view.
  • Having just come back from a wonderful sunny 81-miler going through Devon up to the outer fringes of Exmoor, and then back over the Blackdown Hills, I wondered if other people have had particularly glorious rides today. I'm only sorry I didn't take a camera to record the superb sights along the way....
    Took my new and first road bike out for a 15 mile ride up and down the taff trail in Cardiff. Loved every second and I look forward to actually pushing myself and not being a slow rider.
  • sparkins1972 wrote:
    I did a stunning loop in The Peaks - Buxton - Monyash - Bakewell - Chatsworth - the gloriously named Shatton - Hathersage - Castleton - Winnats Pass - Peak Forest and back into Buxton - beautiful, simply beautiful

    Nice route, my Saturday ride was slighly shorter - Sheffield - Bradfield - Strines- Ladybower - Bamford - Bradwell - Tideswell - Monsal Head - Bakewell - Froggat and back into town. Plenty of cyclists out - The Grouse Inn at the top of Froggat seemed a popular stop for refreshment, as it is is pretty much all downhill back into Sheffield from there.