Sunday, 23 November 2014

A 30 miler on a dry cold November morning

The start of the "Kirk Road" track over the Pentland Hills towards Balerno

Baz attempts a manual over a shallow ditch....unfortunately I pressed the shutter on the camera too quickly!

Its downhill towards the Howe from here after a bit of "hike a bike" on the way up.

The start of the final fast descent down to the Howe, which Baz discovered was quite greasy today!

A 5.30 am start today so we could fit in a big ride to boost my mileage for the week as well as my yearly attempt to reach first of all 5k and then maybe 5.2k. The first 2 hours we needed the lights and although it was greasy and the temperature hovered just above freezing conditions on the whole were pretty good, only a light wind and no rain. Mishaps today were Clives chain jumping into his rear wheel, probably as a result of a crash midweek, and Baz having an off on corner on the fast descent down to the Howe. The usual combination of bad language eventually fixed Clives' problem, at least for today but it looks like a bit of work is going to get done to the drivechain to get it working safely, that could have been a long walk home today! Only 100 miles needed next week to reach the yearly 5k miles then weather permitting maybe another 200 miles to take the weekly average for the year up to 100 miles per week. 

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