Celtic Coastal audax 100km – Sun, Sundials and Sandwiches

The good weather in October continues to surprise us.  We barely need to bother to consult the Met Office forecast before getting out on the bike. So how come the number of entries was down this year?  Organiser Chris Rayne had even tweaked the route again to improve it further.  So many of those who did enter were saying what a brilliant day it was to be riding this audax. Some were still in shorts! As we left the hall at […] Read More

Turned out nice again.

Another fine day, I can’t help but think we are going to pay for it later. Common sense said that it would not be warm enough for shorts in mid October. I decided on tights under shorts; I was too warm. Sheila joined Kath, Phil1 and myself at Union Corner and as soon as Ian arrived we were off, to meet with Phil3, Mike2 and virgin OGILler, John. John is from somewhere the other side of the border, can’t quite […] Read More

Bike aHoy? Jumping ship.

An attempt at the hour record needs a spare bike. Track time is expensive and the clock doesn’t stop ticking in the event of a puncture or a mechanical. It may be possible to effect a repair or change a wheel but you will need a spare bike whilst this is being done – and lose over a lap, 250mts, in the process! I needed to get my spare bike sorted now rather than leave it until the last minute. […] Read More

Seven weeks to go.

Thursday 4th October It’s now only seven weeks to go before my attempt – though more importantly it’s only three weeks to go before the trial run on the 25th Oct when I’ve hired the Velodrome for an hour and the first time I will have ridden for more than ten minutes at the speed I need to maintain for the record!! Head coach Garrie has told me that I really need to get 40 minutes under my belt. Apparently […] Read More

Is this the real life

Well into October and still shorts weather. This can only mean “it’s a Poldhu day”. Kath had been up early to put the washing out, and was already at Union Corner, with Phil, when I arrived; Ian wasn’t far behind. Fred, Simon, Phil(3), and Mike(2) were at the other place. I think it was Fred who suggested Poldhu; a south-easterly wind would blow us there. Ian, on his single speed, raised no objection, though the route would be a little […] Read More

Whats on in October

Forthcoming Events Oct 7th – Wheal Jane Duathalon, Running and Cycling, details on their website, £22 entry Oct 13th, Saturday – Wadebridge Lights, a parade of illuminated bikes, 6.45pm Oct 18th – Quiz Night – 7.30pm start.  Pasties paid for by the raffle, please bring an unwrapped prize. Oct 20th, Saturday – Peddle and Puff with FRR.  10am at the Pitch and Putt, near the Garden Centre. Oct 21st – Audax from Wall Hall, Carnell Green, TR27 5HA.   100k at […] Read More

Shades of Grey

I was going to start by saying that it was an all male turn out for this weeks OGIL ride, but you have to choose your words more carefully these days. Suffice to say none of the usual female Wheelers were amongst the two who joined me at Union Corner, or the six assembled at the other place. It was a cool, greyish, start to the day but I am sure this had nothing to do with it. Andrew wasn’t […] Read More

Atlantic Blue

There were more Wheelers on this week’s OGIL ride than I could count on my fingers and, with comings and goings amongst the ladies it has challenged my memory powers to name them all at this late date. Phil, Kath, Ian and the A&E joined me at Union Corner, although the ladies didn’t stop at Halvasso turn. However, Sheila, Fred, Simon, Phil3, Trevor and Keith were already there and Jan was to join us at Longdowns. The destination was prearranged, […] Read More