4th Alpine Adventure

Another day, another Cat 1 climb.

Les and I tackled the Col de la Colombiere as part of a circular route, also taking in Mount Saxonnex after a nice 20 mile descent.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/223921067

You guys are going to love the cycling here. Les has been a magnificent host, and I've told him to put you through some pain in the mountains.

Signing off for the last time,
Dom

3rd Alpine Adventure

Bit of a rest day today (yesterday has taken its toll somewhat). Les and I just went out on a quick leg stretcher in the afternoon.
A short sharp climb in Chamonix then a longer climb up to a ski station at Maisonneuve.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/223443926

Noel is leaving us tomorrow and has been planning his ride on the road to Roanne (not ruin).

Planning a big one for tomorrow (maybe).

Dom

2nd Alpine Adventure

A full-on day in the alps yesterday.

A reasonable climb up to the Col de Aravis, with some lovely scenery and hairpin bends. Then a 10 mile (yes 10 MILE) descent down to Thones. Followed by an ~8 mile climb up to the Col de Croix Fry, finishing off with another another ascent of the Col de Aravis and down the hairpins again to La Giettaz.

I think the beer on top of the Col De Aravis had an effect, and I forgot to start up the garmin again for the last descent.

1st Alpine Adventure

Les took it easy on us this morning.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/222522140

Another ride planned for this afternoon

Dom

Inaugural Time Trial

Brilliantly organised by Dom, now the proud holder of almost as many stopwatches as bikes (we will reimburse you for the former, Dom), Eleven of us (Frances was the photographer) took to the guided busway for a timed 4 mile run heading towards Westwick and back again. The French call it the Race of Truth and the times tell no lies:
Ken 13 mins 57 secs. = 17 mph
Dave Snr. 13 mins 17 secs. = 18 mph
Nigel 13 mins 00 secs. = 18.5 mph
Dave Jnr. 12 mins 30 secs = 19.2 mph
Paul 12 mins. 15 secs = 19.6 mph
Frances 12 mins 04 secs = 19.9 mph

Darren does the London to Cambridge

On the day when Brad Wiggins became the first ever British cyclist to win the Tour de France, several thousand non-elite cyclists descended on the Big Smoke for the Tour d'East Anglia. 60 miles from London to Cambridge - a breeze for seasoned cyclists, but for the newcomers it would prove an impressive feat of endurance.
 

Darren's Ton with the CTC

Darren writes:
The Cambridge CTC ride was good fun on Sunday (30.6.12). As the advanced group weren't riding that day, I think it made the pace of this 'moderate ride' much more challenging.

I rode 104 miles including my journey to and from Longstanton. Average speed of 14.17mph.

Here's the route we took:

https://maps.google.com/?q=http://share.abvio.com/5da7/087d/4d8b/9e1b/Cyclemeter-Cycle-20120701-0814.kml

More on the CTC blog:

Dunwich Done Again

Only David and Paul this time with others otherwise indisposed (possibly a good choice). Rather than go down to London, we set off at 7.30 pm on Saturday evening (30.6.12) and cycled the 50 or so miles via the back lanes to Sible Hedingham. After a 30 min. rest there we followed the set route as indicated below with the moon and - finally - the 13 mph breeze behind us.

Suffolk one day cycle challenge 24th June 2012


Chris writes: I found yesterday's 100 mile ride round Suffolk countryside in pouring rain and strong wind pretty exhausting.

Grafham Water Sunday 24th June 2012

Robin, Nigel and Paul braved the brisk breeze to Grafham, had a cuppa, cake and butty and then returned with the wind in our backs.
Here's the route - thanks to Robin as usual for the planning and Nigel for the Garmin. My contribution was to fall off for the second week running.
http://connect.garmin.com/activity/192176387

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