Year end the 2nd

Bit of a rocky start to the start of the year for cycling so far. With weather and work I’ve not really been getting the miles in I wanted to. Hopefully that’ll start to turn around now. Debating whether to use this spare saturday for a hilly foray into the peaks, or to try tagging on the back of a club run.

I managed a very cold 200km DIY around Nottingham-Hinckley-Medbourne-Stamford-Nottingham (See “Planning an Audax DIY by GPS route” post). Very cold day out, don’t think I’ve seen energy drink freeze before. Thankfully the kind owners of medbourne post office let me sit inside while I supped soup. Had a few problems with batteries dying quickly in the cold. So I’ve stocked up on an extra long USB cable to keep the GPS running and a better set of rechargables to keep the lights on. Overall speed wasn’t help with a binding rear brake either, but it was too cold to think about whipping out the allen keys to fix it, had visions of loosening everything off and then not being able to get it done back up. Rear hub also still playing up, so have bitten the bullet and Wheelcraft are building me up a blingier replacement

Next audax ride is the Rutland and Beyond 100km from Leicester which I did last year as my first audax event (notes here). This year I’m ECE-ing it up to 200km. So hopefully that’ll conclude 12 months of Audaxing, and as a bonus finish off my RRTY as well. Route sheet’s arrived and looks the same as last years. As I didn’t have a routable GPS last year I didn’t bother making a gpx, so that’s a task for the next week.

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