Friday, February 22, 2013

A distant past.

 Bundy, trail blazing danger hound gets on the water.

Exmouth in the Hurricane Tracer 165 Summer 2012


I hate going back these days on the whole. Its nice to see some mates but most acquaintances I can leave.

Today was different, really great to get back and get out the bike with my mate Simon. Never really ridden together much, apart from the time I broke my collar bone on his stoopid fixie!

Very impressed by the speed and stamina of the lad, really gives it some and shames the gears.
A bit bloody cold though and after the two weeks+ off the bike from my last big ride in cold weather due to freezing my chest I was a bit wary of going to hard.
So we knocked out a little 20 miler that took in some pretty decent hills (and a touch of  "leg stretching!") out and about the back of Tiverton on some roads I can remember exploring as a kid.

Shame about the ice on the descents. Could have let it out a bit more. Still all rounded up with a nice coffee and Portugues chocolate cake and a good catch up. Bang on really, riding with friends, coffee and cake. Happy days.

 Not the same as having the DH bike propped up.

 Weird satalite/ weather station thingy.

 Crazy fixie loon.

Cruisin' the lanes. 
Ride route here:

Sunday, February 03, 2013

3rd B.

 haha, Jabba...
 Lurking on the rooftop. 1 x 3rd b just so the title works.

 Getting covered at Shitpipes. Just a few peeps in the water getting plenty.

 Beach hut holiday?

A suprise arrival.

 Ok so this was a good one. Another that I had to type in after as not logged in.  A repeat with friends required to help me make it up the hills. The first climb (and it actually registers on the climb grade thingy) is easy. Out of Exeter up Cowick street and Dunsford Hill towards Mortenhampstead. Hang a right and go along the top of Exwick. Drop down towards Whitstone and then thats where I got lost.

 So this is looking out over Ide (ish)   3/4 of the way to the top. A quick break whilst I documeted the ride of course. All in the name of reporting for 3bsports.

 Lush out though.
 Surley this is only one corner even if you come at it from two directions? Never seen this before. I quite like both names though, a little contradictory I think.  Hanging and cuddly.

 Will this shot make it in to the "In to the sun" Project?

 From the top the big climb a fantastic ridge ride, undulating but never and nasty suprises. The next time round will be faster. Just blind enough on the descending bends to have to stay on the brakes.

After this ridge a nice long descent. And the suprise? I arrived in Crediton having no idea where I had been going (not a pre planned route).

A moment of realisation that I now was further out than I thought I had been and the main road back to Exeter was coming. The main road was not as bad as I thought and actually an easy ride.

It was somthing like this:

Water damage

Not just water damage, but there has been lots. A Wet winter indeed. Still no boating for me except a very quick spin to Double Locks on New Years Day just to start the year off with a paddle.
The first paddle infact since August when I popped my shoulder whilst mucking about with a SUP board.

More about that later. For now its all about the road bike! Yikes its actually getting more enjoyable.
Just being able to ride is all ways a bonus obviously, but as they said (they being my MTB riding friends that also dabble with the tight shorts) it gets better the more you do it. The riding, not the shorts. Still not there yet! Ha. In your face lycra.

 Right so the next couple of blogs are not in any chronological order but all since early winter. A bit of a catch up.  Logged a few rides on Map my ride however not all of them and some goods ones and lots of early morning or the cheeky hour or so after work ones unaccounted for.   MMR tells a different storey to my handle bar speedo thingy (cateye wireless).

The phone gps reading is always less than the speedo/ odometer. Any ideas?

 Pretty impressive water damage no?  Buckled and twisted tarmac more reminiscent of an earth quake twisted bridge. Just goes to show ya can't mess with tha mother.

This 30+ miler was in -2 temps which kept me off the bike for two weeks. Working hard on the climbs then all the moisture freezing on my chest on the downs. Full on hacking cough that went bronchial. Found out thats whats news papers are for! (Le tour, down the front of the jersey on the mountain descents)

The route here was what I thought I'd done but wasn't logged in. cant quite remember the route around Brampford speke/throverton. It was 34 miles on the speedo and just under 3hrs.   Honest.
Still not really looking for high speeds, just getting them done and more regular.

And what with all the LA BS this is good edit. Spotted over at Elbrys blog.