Tackled a serious hill ride to Painswick yesterday. Some of the steepest hills i’ve ever ridden on but some very nice countryside and landscapes. Certainly the hardest 15 miles i’ve ever done : )
I spend 45 minutes setting up the bike computer and also found a tracking program app for the Blackberry called Endomondo, which I also tested. This is just started then left to track progress on the route.
Here is the link to the ride on Endomondo!
The bike computer read 24.2km (15 miles), and Endomondo said 23.8km, which is 400m less than the actual distance – not too bad! Max speed was clocked at 51 km/h!
Endomondo ended up giving some really cool information, including heights, distances, speeds, split times for each ‘lap’ (km). Some cool graphs on there too. The ride up The Portway was ridiculously steep – I had to stop twice then just gave up and pushed the bike up the last 100m! 175 metres up, over about 1km. Met a young guy walking his horse down the hill as it was too steep to ride and also went past a lady running in the other direction (once i’d cleared the top of the hill) who shouted ‘wow, you must be fit to get up here!’ I just replied ‘yeah – maybe, maybe!’ She hadn’t seen me pushing the bike up the hill!
Through Sheepscombe (Butcher’s Arms pub looks really good!) then downhill towards Painswick, then a long uphill through Painswick and beyond. Finally a long and very fast downhill ride back into Gloucester (max speed was clocked at 51.9 km/h (32 mph).
A collection of various images just to the west of the Docks in Gloucester.
After 46 Miles (76 KM) of hills and heat, i’m back home and not feeling too bad. One of the hottest days of the year and right in the middle of our UK heat wave, Mr MCK and I decided on a round trip into the Forest of Dean, to Ross-on-Wye. Some amazing scenery on-route, with our journey taking us via Newent. Some challenging hills and we even had to get off the bikes and push a couple of times!
We had a well-deserved stop in Ross by the river with a pint of cider. Maybe not the best idea in terms of energy levels but nice : ) At the same time as our journey back, Andy Murray was in the process of comprehensively beating Djokovic in the Wimbledon final – I was hoping Murray would drop a set so I could catch the end but he wrapped up his first Wimbledon title in straight sets. At one point I was checking the sat nav on my mobile phone while also checking the final game points in the tennis! Well done Andy!
I’m always surprised by the beauty of the landscape which surrounds Gloucester. Literally just to the west of the built up area of the city, is the River Severn, with it’s wide floodplain area. This natural feature has stopped all development to this side of the city since it’s founding in AD 83. This also provides direct access to the countryside at a very close point to the city centre.
Mr McK and I had a target for the day: Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury. Google maps said 17.2 miles one-way, which in the end turned into a total of 42 miles.
We saw some amazing rolling landscapes, timber-framed historic buildings and Ledbury itself was quite a picturesque place. Strawberry fields covered by acres of polly tunnel covers was quite a sight.
We stopped at the 7 Stars pub in Ledbury for some great local ale, then headed back out of Ledbury south towards Gloucester. What a ride that was. Hill after hill after hill! Some hard riding but the next pub stop at the A417 Watersmeet for a well-earned pint of Doom Bar made it worth it : )
Inspiring, exciting, tiring and educational… Mark Beaumont is ‘The man Who Cycled the World’.
In 2008, Mark beat the previous world record for a continuous cycle around the world by 2 months, and he averaged something like 100 miles per day over a period of 194 days (more than 6 months)! An incredible journey of 18,296 miles through Europe, the Middle East, Asia, Australia & New Zealand and finally the States.
Mark is also a vegetarian (or was normally) but he had to resort to all sorts of food on his journey just to get the 6,000 calories per day needed to keep himself going. Also home-educated for his primary school years, this is an inspiration for what can be achieved through experiences of non-formal education.
The cycle was also documented in a series of films for BBC Scotland and having watched one of them on YouTube, they are worth watching to get a different experience of his experience.
A work cycling trip via various public houses and local sites…