WELCOME! I've been cycling through the Southeast Valleys of Wales since 2010 and I can't say (or show) enough about the place. I just love it. So if you've got the interest and would like to spend some time... sit back and let me show you some of the fabulous places I've discovered.

November 25, 2013

5astest 5ifty

It's not often that I concern myself with how fast I ride, but recently I saw the times needed for sanctioned audux rides and although I haven't ridden a full century this year, I have ridden over 50 miles on many occasions. So I went back and reviewed my 2013 records and was rather surprised to see that I hadn't yet met the time and speed required for a half-century. Kinda shocking actually.

I don't think of myself as terribly slow, but I do ride at a fairly comfortable pace. Also of note; I always include my breaks and lunch stops within my average speed. So the hour lunches and assorted snack breaks pulls my average(s) way down, of course.

I plotted a course yesterday that I was interested in riding and low & behold... it was exactly 50 miles! So the challenge was on. For a half-century (50 miles) I would need to finish within six hours. I left at 9:15 this morning hoping to be home by 3:00 pm.

So... I was home by 2:30 pm! I stopped briefly in Usk and Fourteen Locks. My overall time was 5 hours, 15 minutes; with a moving time of 4 hours, 15 minutes. That's an average speed of 11.8 mph and honestly I was rather surprised and quite chuffed. Plus too, I climbed over 3,300 feet. And here it is in bold...

50 miles; 4 hrs, 15 minutes; 11.8 avg. speed; 3,323 elevation gain

Next spring when the days get a bit longer I'll give the century a go.

November 07, 2013

My Beautiful Commute...

This is Wales. 

On average, I cycle from Oakdale to Cardiff Bay once a week to the office of Sustrans where I am a volunteer. Of the 29.5 miles I ride each way; 21.7 miles are on traffic-free walking and cycling lanes. This is the National Cycle Network. The details of my route can be viewed in the map below...

 Traffic-free  Shared Use  Quiet Road

Commute to Cardiff Bay from Oakdale
Distance: 29.5 mi.
Skill Level: Advanced
Approx. Time: 2 - 2.5 hrs.
Elevation: +1356 ft. / -2110 ft.
Max. Grade: 15.6%
Avg. Grade: -0.3%

Sculpture in Bute Parc. (The kids having fun...)