Festive 500: It’s in the bag!

In the immortal words of NBA Jam …. Boom shaka laka! With a final gentle ride today I completed the Rapha Festive 500! Thanks to an epic solo mission yesterday I found myself ahead of schedule. Something of a rarity for me I managed to stay on track and stick to my game plan. Actually…

Festive 500: Half time score

My Festive 500 spreadsheet is looking pretty good! As planned I completed a big ride on the first day. It was a tough ride through some pretty grimy weather. I probably pushed a bit too hard, but it needed to be done. The ride on the 26th I cut short as it was below freezing. I…

Festive 500: First day, first ride

Christmas Eve and it’s the first day of the Rapha Festive 500! :-) As per my previous post I had a bigger ride pencilled in for today. I was planning on a pre-7am start, but the conditions were poor to the point of being dangerous, so I delayed until 8am for safety. It was truly grimy out…

Retro bike fettling with Dad

I’m having a bit of R&R time down at Mum and Dad’s before the Festive 500 starts in a few days. This morning I was mostly tinkering with some retro and custom bikes that Dad has in the shed. Here he is test riding the “longrider” custom cruiser: The bikes were packed up with the rest of their belongings earlier…

Festive 500: A bit of planning

With less than a week until the Rapha Festive 500 kicks off, I thought I’d get cracking on a plan on how I’d be able to clock up the 311 miles required. On average I am going to need to cover just under 40 miles per day across the eight days between Christmas Eve and New Years Eve. To get a…

The call of winter miles…

Winter rides, how we learn to love them. Awake before the birds and well before sunrise, pull on layer after layer of clothing (all carefully laid out the night before) then out the door. Friends think you’re mad and maybe you are. Why on earth would anyone want to cycle at this hour and in…

Rapha Festive 500

It’s back! In conjunction with Strava, the Rapha Festive 500 is on again this month and challenges you to ride 500km – that’s 310 miles – in the eight days over the Christmas holiday period starting from the 24th until the 31st December. Last year I tried to complete this challenge, but I didn’t really…