Ten to Tackle in 2016

As many of you know, I have been fundraising for Macmillan Cancer Support for the last 18 months and through your generosity this has raised over £4,000.00 to help fund the work that Macmillan do. That’s a small drop in the ocean of course but every little bit helps, right?

In 2015 I completed 5 events for this great charity, cycling more than 1000 km in doing so. But in 2016 the aim will be to complete 10 events. I have already signed up for a number of these but the final 10 ( or more ) will be finalised throughout the year. Any suggestions would be welcome …. within reason.

So far I have entered the following events;

  1. Etape Loch Ness (again) – 24 April 2016 (110km)
  2. Letchworth to Cambridge Cycle – 8 May 2016 (93km)
  3. BUPA London 10k run – 30 May 2016 (questionable due to dodgy knees)
  4. Ride London Surrey 100 (again) – 31 July 2016 (160km)
  5. Tour o the Borders (again) – 7 August (120km)

The idea is to find a number of other challenge events that I can do to make up my Ten to Tackle this year. There are no shortage of options but the real difficulty is finding the ones that I can fit into a busy schedule and family life.

Some of these possible events include;

  1. Tour of Cambridgeshire Gran Fondo Sunday on 5th June 2016 (approx 136km)
  2. Dunwich Dynamo XXIV 2016 on 16 July 2016 (200km)
  3. Yorkshire 3 peaks – Saturday 13th August 2015
  4. Tour of the Cornfields – Sunday 4 September (100km)
  5. Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge – 16 September 2016 to 18 September 2016 (220km)
  6. Tandem Jump UK 10,000ft Tandem Skydive

There are a number of other sportives out there that I can ride this year to make up the numbers but there are two possible events that I want to plan.

Details will follow as soon as possible ….



Apparently, cycling changes when you’re over 40!

If you haven’t guessed by now, I am a cyclist and I am over 40. So I read an article in “The Comic”, yes all you cyclists know what I mean, with a little bit of interest as it was telling me that there are 9 ways cycling changes once over 40.

Stating the bleeding obvious but yes the body does start to slow down a little bit but so what? Does that impair your ability to get out and ride a bike? Of course not.

It can be hard to find the time for a decent ride. A full working week, responsibilities of being a parent, the ever changing weather, can make it difficult but this is no different now from when I was younger. The demands on our time are ever growing so planning becomes more important.

Apparently, by the time we reach our 40’s we’ve got the bike we wished we had when aged 20? Bikes have of course moved on in the last 20 years and even those at the bottom end of the market might be considered better than those that were “top end” 20 years ago. This statement doesn’t apply to me as I only started riding properly 2 years ago. I have a decent bike but at the bottom end of a carbon range. It suits me and the cycling that I do. I know I will never be a professional or complete in races but it does the job that I ask of it, that is helping to propel this MAMIL around the countryside at whatever speed I can manage. It’s exercise, it’s good for me and the environment, that is the important part.

Tea stops become more attractive? Again, this has always been a part of cycling that I enjoy. I am not out to gain every KOM on every ride or smash my own average speed, some rides I will push and others it is more for the social side, the camaraderie on the road and friendships that can be built.

Once over 40 you spend more time thinking about what you are wearing on the bike. Is that so? Well nobody told me.

It takes longer to warm up and recover. Genius this one. A natural result of the ageing process perhaps. Who knew!!

And lastly, once in our 40’s we don’t remember what is new kit or old. We become a bit forgetful and months seem to slip by into years. Utter nonsense! Any keen cyclist will probably show more of an interest in their bike and kit, than say a new car. The bikes, after all we usually have more than one, become our pride and joy and are looked after meticulously.

So all in all, the article was a bit pointless, no doubt due to cycling news being thin on the ground as the racing season has only just started so they need some articles to fill pages.

The only paragraph that really caught my eye was the last one as it did make sense.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, cycling is still the best thing in the world. In fact, it’s possible that your love of pedalling has only increased as your years have advanced. Long may that continue“.