Introduction

Welcome friends. This humble blog is about the simple observations I discover whilst cycling through lovely Wales.
I hope to offer you dear reader, cheerful reflections upon the days and miles I pedal, along with encouragement to get out and explore by bicycle yourself! Perhaps too, if I attempt a bit of amusing anecdotes along the way, I may invoke your readership as well. Thanks for stopping by... cheers, muse

Wednesday, 28 December 2016

YEAR IN REVIEW 
2016 Rides & Events


Rides Overview
Listed below is a basic break down of how 2016 went down. I kinda went nuts with spreadsheets, which you can witness in their full glory in the "Charts" section. But essentially, 2016 was a record year for both the overall distance and the number of days I was on the saddle.

  ☞  In 2016 I rode 9,609.3 miles over 164 Days.


I divided my rides into six basic types; however, some rides could be classified in more than one category. (ex: most all of the 100 mile rides were also "Solitaires"...) You may select the ride type to view additional details.

Ride Type Days Hours Distance Elevation
General Rides 40 184:18 1,619.3 96,413
Rides for Sustrans * 41 215:21 1,591.3 82,219
55 for 55 Event for Parkinson's UK 55 299:08 3,124.4 170,152
The Kingfishers 17 116:39 1,261.9 60,305
"Solitaires" 22 181:13 1,995.2 115,067
100 Mile Club 11 112:16 1,190.7 69,329

* These numbers include both going to and from events as well as the ride events themselves.



Events Overview
Many of the rides I made during 2016 were for specific events. The outlines of those events are shown below. Any additional planning and/or organising is in the following table.

Main Events Date Days Hours Distance
Sustrans Group Coordinator Day 02-12 1 6:30 61.4
55 for 55 for Parkinson's UK * 03-01 55 450:17 3,124.4
Sustrans Ride Leader Training 05-12 2 16:00 111.2
"Tidal Lagoon Ride" for Sustrans 06-17 1 2:00 66.2
"Bedwas ROCKS!" for Sustrans 06-25 1 6:00 26.6
"Share the Path" for Sustrans 06-26 1 4:00 28.8
Sustrans Volunteer Conference 07-02 1 6:00 50.7
"Road to Rio" for Sustrans 08-02 1 6:30 43.8
Cordell Heritage Ride ** 08-29 2 7:00 126.7
"Rhondda Tunnel Society Ride" for Sustrans 09-12 1 3:00 74.7
"Newport Family Cycling Festival" † 09-24 2 14:00 54.2
"Cardiff Council Bay Tour" for Sustrans 10-14 1 2:00 63.6
Volunteer Presentation for Sustrans 11-16 1 2:00 38.8
TOTALS: 70 525:17 3,871.1

* I created this event myself to raise awareness and funds for Parkinson's Research.
** This was a joint event between Sustrans and The Welsh Tourist Board.
† This event was co-sponsored by Sustrans, The National Trust, RSPB, and Newport City Homes.



Other Volunteering
Additionally, I also spent time planning events and volunteering at the Sustrans office. I've briefly outlined those efforts below:

Additional Activities Days Hours Distance
Newport Family Cycling Festival Planning 13 35:30 126.5
Dr. Bike Services at the Sustrans Office 2 10:00 73.2
Sustrans November Newsletter 3 10:30 51.2
Other Assorted Sustrans Activities 5 8:00 215.4
TOTALS: 23 64:00 466.3




In Summary
Separating my Sustrans and Parkinson's UK volunteering:

Sustrans Events Days Hours Distance
Main Events 15 75:00 746.7
Additional Activities 23 64:00 466.3
TOTALS: 48 139:00 1,213


Other Events Days Hours Distance
Parkinson's UK 55 450:17 3,124.4
TOTALS: 55 450:17 3,124.4


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