Tuesday was another still, hot day in the Massif Central. I had previously mapped out a ride taking me part way along Stage 9 of this years Tour route (Issoire to St Flour). This section runs from Lempdes to Massiac, along the Allagnon River with a very slight uphill gradient but the roads are fantastic. Most of it had obviously been resurfaced for the Tour with such smooth Tarmac, the reduction in rolling resistance was really noticeable. Continue reading →
Monday started off as a bit of a miserable day and didn’t really improve at all, with rain in the afternoon. At least the wind had stopped. I just did an hour on the turbo in the garage. Continue reading →
Definition:- To catch up with and pass while traveling in the same direction.
Drivers, please note the above definition when overtaking cyclists. To catch up with is basic. You as a driver will probably catch up with many cyclists as quite obviously, you will be the faster of the two. If you then want to overtake, you have to pass that cyclist. In other words, you drive so far ahead of them that you overtake them. IT DOES NOT SAY To catch up with and drive alongside them at the same speed, feeding them the curb for good measure.
This bit of advice is aimed at the driver of the white van with a pig-ugly wife, near the junction of the B2192 and the A26 in Lewes, East Sussex, just after 11am on Thursday 5th May 2011.
Thursday was the first opportunity for a ride, this week. I had a day off work so decided to do a long one. It was a very cold morning; Only about 2°C. I took it nice and easy and tried to stay within zone 3, which I managed most of the time, on the flat. Apart from the cold, there was a chilling North Easterly wind which made the return from Birling Gap very difficult and slow, due to the exposed nature of Beachy Head and Eastbourne Seafront. Although the last time I did this ride back on the 11th August 2010, I did it in 2:45:00 (50 mins quicker than today), I am still happy with today’s ride. Continue reading →