Won a race once. AND DON'T YOU EVER FORGET IT

  • Belated 1000, 1st and such things

    Went past the 1000 mile mark for the year on friday (only a day after high mileage freak matt) during a dark, windy and rainy ride over the trough of bowland. The farmers who live out that way have stopped giving me funny looks for riding over the hills at inapropriate times in inclimant weather now and seem to have accepted that i will be grovelling past their warm, cozy, inviting, homely, welcoming, bright-light-in-the-dark houses all winter…which is actually quite depressing!

    Raced another Leisure Lakes race on Sunday, the last gasp of training before this weeks “rest” week. The course was a lot drier than last time and i was really starting to get to grips with just how “flingable” the scandal is through the woods – it’s grin inducingly fast! I feel i should apologise to the rider who kindly moved out of the way to let me past mid-race, only for me to immediately crash and block her path as i faffed abouth putting the chain back on – sorry!
    Eventually (and to cut a 9 lap story short) I won, the kinesis rider who shot off like a bat out of hell on the first lap while i was still trying to wake up overheated and had to stop briefly to remove a layer of clothing, while i just kept pushing the bike harder and harder and opened a gap on him once i’d got past.
    Marvellous.

    Also, if you want a bike that attracts interest, get a scandal; after the race there was always at least one person studying it and asking questions…of course it helps if you’ve just won the race i imagine, but it was always “the” bike to look at and talk about…

     

    11:09 am on February 19, 2007 | 27 Comments | # |

Comments

  • Simon 11:14 am on February 19, 2007 | #

    Bah, you beat me to 1000 by 2 days!

    Good work in the race. Wish I’d known it was on, was out on the road bike around there yesterday, could have popped in to have a look ๐Ÿ™‚

  • matt 2:13 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    Give us a go of ya bike, Mister!

  • David 3:31 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    1000 miles eh!

    Makes me wonder how far I’ve done this year. Forgot to take note of what my computer registered at the beginning of the year. Not that it would have helped, as it keeps stop working in the rain.

    Anyway been doing between 100-150 mpw (miles per week) all year so far. So That puts me up also at ~1000miles.

    This said though, 95% of my miles have been on a road bike, one roads. So I guess you trump me!

    All the best,

    David (summers at the On-One site)

  • Wayne 3:33 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    If you are on a “rest week” how come you still cycle to work?

  • matt 3:40 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    “rest” != “do nothing at all”

  • dgpowell 4:57 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    I don’t appear to be getting notifications about people posting comments on here, oh well

    super short replies:

    next time maybe, there’s lots of nice roads to ride round ner the race site*

    no, oh ok then next time i’m out that way*

    lots of mine have been on the road so far this year (well, i say “road” i mean “knackered strip of land with occasional bit of tarmac left” )*

    rest week = allowing body to recover before rebattering it, which usually involves some riding to keep ticking over*

    please feel free to choose any of the above as a response to your post ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Simon 6:31 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    I’ve cheated and done 2/3rds of mine on the road although most of them have been on a fixie so they should count double ๐Ÿ™‚

  • David 6:41 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    Actually I take it back that most of mine have been on roads, more the cycle track between Bath and Bristol. Yes it tarmac, but in one place with 2″ of soft mud covering.

    Reminds me of Dave saying how destructive lancashire grit is, but hey River Avon mud really does no favours to a road bike. Ginds like a washing machine with a bolt loose after just a week or two of cycling ….

    I wonder what Ian Cammish is upto so far? Kinda nutter who must be close to 2k miles!

  • dgpowell 11:19 pm on February 19, 2007 | #

    it wouldn’t shock me if Ian was hitting over 1000 a month already

    i vaguely remember nicole cooke mentioning that she did 300 – 500 miles a week in mid season
    :O

    i’d like to hit 300 miles at clic…but that’s a big ask (got 210 last time)…

  • matt 9:30 am on February 20, 2007 | #

    “i vaguely remember nicole cooke mentioning that she did 300 – 500 miles a week in mid season”

    that’s her job.. it’s like you saying that you spend 40 hours sat infront of a computer a week.

    I was trying to come up with a mileage scoring method to make different types of bike riding to be about equal..

    I came up with
    a geared mountain bike mile = 1.
    a singlespeed mountain bike mile = 2.
    a road bike mile = 1/2.
    a fixie road mile = 3/4.
    a fixie offroad mile = 2
    race miles count double.
    riding in horrendus conditions = x1.5

    there were other bonuses avalable for winning a race, etc.

    the idea was to equal the amount of efford for each type of riding, and reward those that race, as they loose a lot of miles during a race weekend.

    thes numbers were based upon my ideas of how hard each is compared to the base offroad mile, It got complicated so I gave up thinking about it! I think working off ave speed is probably easier ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • David 10:30 am on February 20, 2007 | #

    Not sure I’d give riding in horrendus conditions x1.5. As much as anything when you are doing the kinda miles we are talking about here, you seem to become immune to the weather. Or in not immune, at least better in tollerating it.

    These days when I roll out of the house for a morning commute, I just shrug off light to medium rain. Hey even when heavy rain hits mid ride, these days I just cycle on regardless.

    Guess the good cycling clothes help, seem to keep you both warm and cool in all weather conditions ….

  • dgpowell 11:42 am on February 20, 2007 | #

    I tend to forget why car drivers give me funny looks when out riding in the rain after work now…like you say, warm clothes and a good smattering of goretex means the rain makes no difference anymore (except for when cornering…)

    i think horrendus conditions like rivi pike straight after all the snow melted might warrant extra points – if you’re tyres sink into an inch of slop for the whole time you’re out you must be trying harder!

  • Mark 1:26 pm on February 20, 2007 | #

    I’m very proud of myself after managing to pass the 5 miles for the year marker!

  • David 2:14 pm on February 20, 2007 | #

    Just remember, the first 5 miles are the hardest …

  • matt 3:34 pm on February 20, 2007 | #

    “Not sure Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขd give riding in horrendus conditions x1.5. As much as anything when you are doing the kinda miles we are talking about here, you seem to become immune to the weather.”

    I’m talking 60+ mph winds. blizzards, heavy rain etc. where the ride feels 1.5 times harder.

    anyway I gave up on it, I’ll just point at dave an shout ROADIE SELLOUT! (until I’m back on the road bike, then it’s OK)

  • David 6:03 pm on February 20, 2007 | #

    “Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm talking 60+ mph winds. blizzards, heavy rain etc. where the ride feels 1.5 times harder.”

    Fair point, kinda conditions where I as a humble road cyclists just give up!

  • matt 4:00 pm on February 21, 2007 | #

    Points for ‘days in a row’ could apply too.

  • dgpowell 4:17 pm on February 21, 2007 | #

    stop trying to cheat matthew!

  • Simon 1:02 pm on February 22, 2007 | #

    I must get loads of points for 51 days in a row ๐Ÿ™‚

    (probably won’t ride for a month now!)

  • Guy 10:29 pm on February 22, 2007 | #

    “Just remember, the first 5 miles are the hardest รขโ‚ฌยฆ ”

    Do indoor ones count?

  • dgpowell 9:53 am on February 23, 2007 | #

    “do indoor ones count?”

    Only if you have to go round corners

  • steve 10:44 am on February 23, 2007 | #

    “Iรขโ‚ฌโ„ขm talking 60+ mph winds. blizzards, heavy rain etc. where the ride feels 1.5 times harder.”

    Matt youve obviously been reading about mine and Daves 80 mile road ride across salter fell, i can assure you that its more like 2x as hard – riding into the headwind at 8mph my powertap read 345W which is about the same effort required to do a 10mile TT in

  • matt 11:20 am on February 23, 2007 | #

    “i can assure you that its more like 2x as hard”

    this is why I gave up on the scoring mechanism, it’s subject to do much maths!

    I have a cunning plan though.

  • David 4:00 pm on February 23, 2007 | #

    Hmmm. I lied.

    Realised that in my blog I’d recordered all days cycling to work, as I know this distance I could reverse engineer the distance cycled.

    So I did the math, and total distance cycled so far this year: 701miles.

    So I haven’t yet hit the 1000.

    What I’d forgotton was that in january I was only commuting 1 or 2 times a week, and didn’t join a CC (e.g. sunday runs) until late January. So early on wasn’t doing the 100-150miles a week.

    Still am now up to a regular 3 commutes a week (thats over 100 miles), sunday runs will typically add another 50, so the miles will soon add up.

    Maybe I should do a web calcuator somewhere, where I can tot up the miles I cycle …

  • Guy 6:39 pm on February 23, 2007 | #

    “Maybe I should do a web calcuator somewhere, where I can tot up the miles I cycle”

    *cough*
    https://donder.oucs.ox.ac.uk/stats/byweek.php

    Year Winner by Total Distance:
    TwinklyDave 1693.92 Km – 1058. Miles

  • David 7:10 pm on February 23, 2007 | #

    “https://donder.oucs.ox.ac.uk/stats/byweek.php”

    How do I get a username and password ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • tom 9:58 am on February 26, 2007 | #

    http://www.cyclogs.co.uk
    Can be a bit flakey at times but plenty of competition on there for you.