Pretzel Club

The plan for this morning was to head out into the Peak again for a good ¬†hilly ride. The forecasts I’d seen were for a nippy start and rain kicking in later in the day, but for me, was good enough to think I could get out, ride the route and probably only get soaked for the last 20-30 miles. …

Testing the Legs

So the January Spanker was the first proper ride of the year. I was on the heavy bike with the fast guys so I was slow. I felt strong. But I was lagging behind constantly. I needed a proper test of my fitness. Needed a proper chance to assess how I was on the bike in the depths of the …

Zwift vs Reality

If you ride a bike you can’t avoid hearing about Zwift. Virtual Reality riding linked to your smart trainer to make that winter training more bearable. For some, including me, it’s a massive win keeping me motivated to sit on my turbo for over an hour this evening trying to set some new PRs on some virtual hills. For others, …

January Spanker

So 2017 outdoor cycling got underway today with my first real ride of the year. I was planning on getting out new years day, but it was too icy to be safe, so just the one turbo session in the week so far. As well as aiming for doing as many of the 100 Greatest Climbs as I can this …

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2017 Goals

2016 was an epic cycling year for me. The main aim of the year was the completion of the inaugural running of the Tour of the Highlands Sportive, which is an awesome three day, 300+ mile event with a ton of climbing. I also aimed to hit my highest ever annual mileage cycling. I planned to commute on the bike …

Setting Up Your Garmin for Navigation

You’d think once you have put the GPX/TCX file on your Garmin, you could just ride it right? Wrong. Unless you change a few settings, navigation is a bit sketchy, trying to route you random ways, down footpaths, all sorts of rubbish. What you need to set depends on your device. If you have a device that supports maps, but …

B&DCC Sunday Road Routes

The B&DCC Sunday Road Routes will be posted to the club Facebook group by myself on Thursday evenings[1]. This will provide links to Strava Routes for the rides. This article is designed to pathfind people through the process of getting their ride on their device and using it well.

Downloading and Copying Files to Your Garmin

First step is to download from the Strava Route page. This will have options for “Export TCX” or “Export GPX”. You probably want a GPX file, unless you know specifically your device requires a TCX file (Garmin 500, 510 for example) . Click on the right button and your browser will download the file to your disk. Where it goes …

B&DCC – Cleethorpes Ride

I’ve ridden to Cleethorpes and back in a day a few times, but, not for far too long, so having found out there are a few in the B&DCC interested, I’ve set up a ride, and these are the details for those inclined to a nice long ride.

Using Routes on a Garmin

This is just a quick guide to help people load routes onto their Garmin’s for successful cycling navigation. Get your device set up right Get a route onto the device Ride with the navigation enabled You need to make sure the right options are set on your garmin, or you won’t get turn by turn direction and you’ll get all …