Tagged: West Midlands

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Velo Birmingham 2017 Review

I hadn’t planned on riding the 2017 Velo Birmingham. I was registered as tickets went on sale but I baulked at the £85 entry fee. About a month before the ride, a friend of a friend was selling an entry they would be unable to use for £35 – much more reasonable! I would however end up riding as Andy Smith rather than under my...

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Mad Summer Hare 2017 Sportive

The final warm-up before tackling La Ronde Picarde a week later, the Mad Summer Hare was to provide a good challenge. It’s the first time that this sportive has taken place but it’s a sister sportive to the Mad March Hare which I tackled in 2016 and very wetly in 2017. The Mad Summer Hare was 100 miles and worked its way up Snowshill, Saintbury,...

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Mad March Hare Sportive 2017 Review

The Mad March Hare, My first proper sportive of 2017 and it was an awful, flooded, soggy day weather-wise. Once I’d accepted that I was to get wet, dealt with the wind and finally had the sun come out, it turned out to be quite fun. Mad March Hare 2017 I was to ride with John and Jim from my Stratford Cycling Club, but after...

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Reliability Rides 2017 West Midlands

There is now a 2018 list available here.   At the start of every season a number of local clubs arrange and host reliability rides around the area. These are often around 50-60 miles in length, are unsigned, cost very little and have excellent cake at the end too. Traditionally these rides were the first test of the legs in an event, to see how...

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Warwickshire Wanderer 105km Audax – 21st May 2016

An early start after sleeping on Rich’s deflating airbed saw Rich, George and I head down to Birmingham New Street to catch the train over to Hampton in Arden. Breakfast was acquired on the way (sausage and bacon rolls are excellent for cycling) and we rolled out for the short ride over to Meriden for the Warwickshire Wanderer 105km Audax. Warwickshire Wanderer I did this...

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Stourbridge CC Reliability Ride Review – 31st January 2016

So, the first event of 2016 and I got to ride it with two of my mates, one very new to cycling and the other looking to start off the year with a long ride. The purpose of the early season ‘reliability ride’ is to test out the legs and see how you’re faring for speed as you complete a shorter but testing route. You’re...