TwoLegsTwoWheels

A record of my cycling trips in Britain and abroad

Jun
29

Flash in the Fens

Wet and Windy in the Fens!

Flash in the Fens is a sportive held, as you might have guessed, in the fenland country, starting and finishing in Peterborough. Being all down south, and in the middle of June, you’d expect the main weather hazards to be heatstroke and sunburn. Not at all! The weather was wet, and windy. We had a nice day the day before though - it was sunny and warm, and we did the parkrun in the morning (finally I was back down to sub 20 minutes, I have no idea what’s happened to my running these days). The start slot was 7 to 8am - fairly early, but we were aiming for 112 miles, so we didn’t want to be too late starting.

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Jun
15

Haydon Hundred

Which I misheard as ‘the Hadrian Hundred’ when I first heard about it - crossing as it does the line of Hadrian’s Wall. However, it’s actually named after the town of Haydon Bridge, whence it starts. The event is a locally-organised sportive. I was vaguely familiar with the general area, and was keen to do it when it was suggested: from what I knew of the area, it promised to be a ride that would be both challenging and scenic. In neither respect did it disappoint!

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Jun
15

Red vs. White (day 2)

We set off on the Sunday morning after a hearty breakfast. It had rained overnight, and the roads were still wet, but it was otherwise almost perfect weather for a long distance ride: not too hot, not too cold, little wind, and importantly for my arms after yesterday, it was overcast so there wasn’t much risk of further sunburn! [Read More…]

Jun
02

Red vs. White (day 1)

Total distance: 332 km
(over two days)

Everyone knows, of course, that the phrase ‘Wars of the Roses’ traces its usage back to a passage of Shakespeare’s, written some two hundred years after the events in question. Nevertheless, Sustrans have adopted the ‘Way of the Roses’ name for the route that runs from Morecambe on the west coast to Bridlington on the east, and last bank holiday weekend, we set off to ride it: 170 miles, as the sign at Morecambe told us.
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