The things we do…

…for a little cloth badge from Rapha! :-) Finally received  my Rapha Festive 500 celebratory badge. I’ve been waiting for this since I finished that last ride on the 28th of December to cap off six days on the bike. The badge was accompanied by a postcard full of challenge statistics. One of the more interesting numbers is…

2014: A fantastic cycling year!

Looking back at my 2014, it has been a top year on two wheels! Actually the past couple of years have been great and in that respect I am truly lucky. Here’s a few quick stats I’ve pulled from my Garmin account: Total Distance:   4462 miles / 7180 km Longest Ride:   101.5 miles / 163 km…

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…

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…