A very welcome stop on a cafe run ride, get yourself in here for some great tasting coffee and a wedge of cake!
Ivinghoe Beacon…probably my favorite climb in the local area.
The Highest point in the Chilterns Wendover is most definitely worth the pain of the climb.
If you hit this climb from Puttenham it is a Category 3 climb (check out the Strava segment below) I always tend to climb this way regardless as its my usual incoming direction to the climb. For some reason I find the road out of Puttenham to absolutely drain the legs so I tend to take it really easy on this section.
We visited the Rocky Mountain National Park entering via the town of Estes Park which sits at 7,522 feet elevation on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains. The town is home to The Stanley Hotel an historic hotel which opened in 1909. It is also the inspiration behind Stephen King’s book and later hit horror film The Shinning after he spent an eerie night in the near empty hotel before an extended period of closure.
A long day of traveling consumed our first day with a 10 hour flight to Houston, 4 hour stop over and a 2 hour fight to Denver. We arrived late on a Friday evening and headed via car to Boulder the foothills concealed by darkness the view would have to wait until morning.
We woke up early on the Saturday after some well needed rest and were welcomed by the stunning views of Devil’s Thumb a prominent feature in the Boulder skyline which can be seen from anywhere in the city. It is part of ‘The Flatirons’, a flatiron is a rock formation caused by years of water, wind and mechanical erosion which create the triangular forms in the rock.
On this journey I would discover just what sort of shape I was in, I fully believed my mind was capable of 100 miles but what about my body. Me and Samps had agreed to take it easy monitor our heart-rate ride within ourselves, I phrase I only really discovered the true meaning of today. In this post I wanted to write from within my own head how things were going so let’s proceed;
On Saturday 28th June 2014 myself and Samps completed the Wiggle Chiltern Classic Standard route 73 miles across the Chilterns. As many of you know I decided to ride this in memory of my brother Kieran Griffin who unfrotunately died suddenly at the age of 18 from an Asthma attack. In his memory I rode in support of Asthma UK a chairty helping to raise awareness of a disease that effects 1 in 12 adults and 1 in 11 children. I am extremely proud to say we have raised over £800 thank you to everyone who has donated it means a lot and certainly the comments and messages I have recieved motivated me along the route.
I set off from the house at 6am to swing by and pickup Ben. The night before had been busy 3 hours preparing everything and loading it into the car ready for the morning. Sign in for the Standard route was 7:20 and start time was between 8-9 myself and Ben wanted to get out of the gate 8am exactly to try and skip the heavy rain storms that had been forecast for later on in the trip
This post is going to be a bit of a ramble some updates on training, some pictures I have taken over the last month and other bits so read on and enjoy..
14 weeks since I started my initial training with the aim of comfortably completing a 73 mile ride across the chilterns with my good friend Samps. It is quite phenomenal what you can achieve in just 14 weeks. I considered myself reasonably fit before this endeavour maybe slightly on the heavy side and certainly lacking the endurance to complete 10 miles on a bike let alone 73! but the transformation has been pleasing my average weekly distance now sits at over 100miles a week and cycling 4/5 times a week.