Tuesday, July 22, 2014

#RaphaRising 2014 Day 3

We missed a day yesterday, so there was a bit of pressure to get some riding in today.

After school, some food and drink was consumed. Once refreshed, we rode.

Local bridleways to get a bit of extra height, and to avoid the busy roads, before heading for the big climb of the day. Oh, and time for a sneaky KOM enroute.

Holme Moss is one of the bigger hills round here, and we are proud to say, has featured in the current Tour de France. Minipips has ridden up here before though not in such pleasant weather. The sun hid temporarily for the pic below though.

We were looking forward to the graffiti at the top of the hill, and it didn't disappoint.

Over to the county of my birth for  refreshments, then a ride back up Holme Moss from t'other side.

That'll do for a school day.

1159 metres on Strava.

Sunday, July 20, 2014

#RaphaRising 2014 Day 2

A very different day from Saturday. Sunshine. Summer had returned.

From our village we were soon heading up the first of the hills of the day, much cheerier. than yesterday.

Our first stop was at the "No Car Cafe" for brunch. From there we headed down Winnats Pass before climbing back up the road which Mam Tor shrugged of its shoulder.

We repeated that 3 times.

Minipips suggested on the third rep as we passed the just closed new cafe near Blue John Mine, that we might head over to Edale next.

Time for a cool drink, or two.

From there back up the last descent, Mam Nick from Edale.

There was a time, that I could take a photo, get back on my bike and easily catch my boy........

.....that is no longer the case.

Our ride's profile for the day.

Strava says we're 24% done now. Current Rank 5731/24345

School and a rare visit to the cinema after that, so probably a day off riding tomorrow.

#RaphaRising 2014 Day 1

We've had weeks of lovely weather here recently.

Of course as this latest challenge kicked of the weather went a bit bonkers. The preceding night was a melee of thunder and lightning, with the morning not bringing much better.

Our plans to do "lots" of hill, turned into doing a few hills.

Still, we've made a start. 614 metres :)

Oh and Minipips crashed his bike. He broke late and hit the tarmac.

More tomorrow.

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Rapha #festive500 and Strava Run 20+13 Summary.

What a fantastic 10 days. We've had a few times where we've had to MTFU, but my memories are full of the laughs we've shared whilst running and cycling each day.

34 miles run and 505 kilometres cycled. Which took a grand total of 39 hours and 23 minutes.

Minipips completed the Rapha #festive500 last year, so we were fairly confident given that challenge alone and no snow, that we would stand a reasonable chance of completing it again in 2013.

Minipips thought it would be a good idea to also add the Strava run 20+13 mile challenge to our itinerary.

If you are a regular runner then 33 miles over 10  days is no big thing. However I hadn't run much this year, and Minipips other than the usual running about that 8 year old kids do, had done none.

The running challenge started two days before the cycling one, so the first two days we ran. When we got on to our bikes on day 3, we both had a good dose of DOMS to contend with. Just what you need when you've got 6 hours in the saddle to look forward to.

The last 8 days needed managing such that we could fit both cycling and running in. That would mean some long days on the bike, and also some long runs. Plus of course there's Xmas family visiting etc to slot in also.

We did learn on Boxing Day that 9 miles is about the furthest Minipips could easily run, so thereafter we had a couple of days where we cycled and ran, rather than doing one or the other which was the original plan.

Thanks to my wife and daughter for hoovering up the mud we brought home every day, and for making us goodies for our sustenance. We were both very grateful for my wife's genius idea that we should take a flask of tea each day.

We said last year we wouldn't be riding the #festive500 this year.

We're glad we changed our minds.

Well done if you completed either or both challenges.

Here are the blog entries in order.

Strava Challenge Run 20+13 Day 1.

Strava Challenge Run 20+13 Day 2.

Rapha #festive500 Part 1.

Rapha #festive500 Part 2.

Strava Challenge Run 20+13 Day 3.

Rapha #festive500 Part 3.

Strava Challenge Run 20+13 Day 4 + Rapha #festive500 Part 4.

Rapha #festive500 Part 5.

Rapha #festive500 Part 6.

Rapha #festive500 Part 7. Strava Challenge Run 20+13 Day 5

We hope you have a great 2014!

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 7. Strava Challenge Run 20+13 Day 5

The last day for both challenges today, and there are miles needed for both of them.

 Fell shoes on first, and up the Knott.

A schoolboy error on my part, we'd not taken waterproofs.

By the time we had gotten home we were soaked to the skin, though thankfully still warm.

A quick change of kit and we are back on the road to Pomeroy, and then on to the High Peak trail.


 Muddy too.

Slightly downhill on the way back though.

A top day out.

Monday, December 30, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 6.

Rain. We've been lucky so far this year. But this morning it was tipping down.

We'd arranged to meet some friends for lunch at Hassop, so we left it as late as possible before we ventured out.

Once again we took to the Monsal Trail.

The good thing about the rain though was that there were relatively few other people out on the trail.

In Bakewell Minipips does his pirate impression.

Shortly after we bumped into Amy, Ali and Hannah.

We rode to Hassop and had a rather nice lunch.

By the time we left to get a few more miles done, it was well after 2pm. This meant that once again we'd be finishing in the dark.

Not to worry though the tunnels have lights.

The tunnel pictured above is the longest on the Monsal Trail at 490 metres.

On our return journey, as we were about halfway through the tunnel, all the lights went out.

Dark in a tunnel isn't night time dark, it is black nothingness. It was quite scary.

Thankfully even though it wasn't turned on, I did have a light. With the light now turned on, and our hearts pumping to the max, we made our way back to the car.

34.7 miles today. Which leaves just over 40 to do tomorrow for the #festive500. Oh and there's a 4 mile run to fit in as well to complete the Run 20+13.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Rapha #festive500 Part 5.

Another day, and another puncture to repair before we went anywhere.

We rode from home, and met a few of our running mates at the top of Chunal who were racing.

Past Moorfield, bypassing Glossop.

Up the Snake Pass with what little wind there was, at our behinds for once.

At the bottom of the Snake (after passing one of our mates on the way up) we took an out and back detour to Fairholmes to see the cascade from the dam. which wasn't happening today.

Minipips needed a bit of fuel before we hit the cafe.

At Hope we went to the Woodbine Cafe for a proper lunch. Minipips redeemed his free hot chocolate.
To qualify you have to be partaking in the #festive500 and be 8.

From Hope we rode through Castleton, then up the "broken road" past Mam Tor to Rushup Edge.

From Rushup, it was mostly downhill to the pub where we met my wife and daughter for some refreshments.

39.4 miles today.

Exactly 75% of the 500 done, with 2 days left.

The weather for the rest looks rubbish though. :)