Rainy days and Mondays
Well, that was the wettest April for more than 100 years. It's official. A bit back I fitted a DIY mudguard extension as a trial for next year's bad weather. Yesterday I was supposed to lead a group to Flamborough, but it was so wet, cold and windy that nobody ventured out for the start. Or maybe there were just avoiding me. So I have yet to test my mudguard in anger as it's been too, er, wet to try it out.
I had driven to the start just to show my face if necessary as I had no intention of riding yesterday. Actually, there were two cyclists at Cottingham Green from another club who were also planning to ride to the coast – Hornsea. I hope it was worth it.
Desperate times and all that. So tonight I managed to sneak in a cheeky thirty-odd miles after picking up Mrs Bailey from her car share lift by strapping the bike on the car's rack and driving to the meeting point. Helmet, gloves and shoes on and I was away (er, without tyre levers, money and mobile phone – I was rushing to get ready in the end ). Glorious weather after yesterday's washout.
In preparation for this year's Big G Cyclosportive I have been trying to get my average moving speed above 17mph over 25 miles or more. It is proving to be an elusive target. Today I made a slight variation to a route around the southern slopes of the Yorkshire Wolds in order to ride approximately 30 miles and get in two decent hills. A good tail wind on the way out slowed me down on the long descents coming home. I could get used to these cheeky evening rides
(Garmin track below. I made a 3-second video of the wind stretching out a couple of flags yesterday. However, it was a bit rubbish, so here is Karen Carpenter instead. Off topic for a cycling blog (and not even appropriate given that I enjoyed this Monday), but she did have a beautiful voice didn't she?)