Around the lake in 80k

Summer made a welcome reappearance for the weekend, and Bath thrashed Leicester yesterday. Things are looking up.

I met Ian in the usual place at 10am this morning to attempt a circumnavigation of Chew Valley Lake, something we’ve toyed with for a while but never really got around to. The route Ian had planned actually turned out to be really good, slightly undulating with no real climbs to contend with. We stopped off for our usual tea and cakes which took longer than expected due to a influx of spectacularly useless serving staff, combined with hungover students faffing around with their orders. Whilst imbibing our chosen drinks we planned a different route home via Clutton and back to Timsbury. This had a couple of annoying climbs in it, but not that much worse than our usual route home. Once back in Timsbury I took the longer, but easier route back home, and eventually got back after a nice round 50 miles making it my longest ride of the year, and finished off my highest mileage week ever with 117.5 miles. The only downside was that the wheel magnet for my computer self destructed after 10 miles, so I had no idea how far we’d ridden until I got home.

50 miles and 3400ft/1036m of climbing in about 3.75 hours of riding.

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7 Responses to Around the lake in 80k

  1. Simon says:

    Woohoo, nice one :)

  2. rjw says:

    Damn. Matt beat me by 0.35 miles.

    It was an ace ride, knackered now though.

  3. matt says:

    nice length of ride, Rich, I made up a new route today and ended up in a BIG gear on a STEEP hill, which has a canal at the top of it, madness. No idea of my altitude gain, probably not much really.

  4. Simon says:

    Jon is doing an all day ride today. Wonder how long ago his bike fell apart?

  5. rjw says:

    It’ll have broken at the furthest point from home.

  6. matt says:

    I reckon he’ll do 112.82 miles.

  7. matt says:

    I over estimated by 100% ;)