Free Garmin Maps

Many people ride with a Garmin GPS unit. Some people have Garmin Edge 500 or 510, these don’t provide a map display. Some people ride with a Garmin Edge 705, 800, 810 or 1000. These do support maps. Some people with the map supporting Garmins do not have the maps as the Ordnance Survey map bundles are pricey. Some people …

B&DCC Red Routes

https://www.strava.com/routes/1392746 https://www.strava.com/routes/958988 https://www.strava.com/routes/910404 https://www.strava.com/routes/874742 https://www.strava.com/routes/1392746 https://www.strava.com/routes/1392707 https://www.strava.com/routes/1213288 https://www.strava.com/routes/1008451 https://www.strava.com/routes/998021 Blue: https://www.strava.com/routes/910494

Double Brutal

It’s the time of year again to go Double Brutal. That’s doing the Sheff Rec Strines Challenge route, 50 miles and loads and loads of climbing taking in some of the Tour De France roads (the wrong way actually) AND a bonus extra 50 miles riding to it. Check the original post from last year for details. The Strines route …

Lincoln Blast

Purpose of this ride is to get stamina up. On the flat you pedal the whole way. Which is a different kind of energy sapping than riding hills. Plus on a Lincoln Blast, it usually ends up with suffering into a headwind. Idea is to ride from the usual B&DCC start at the Cenotaph in Bolsover on Sunday the 18th …

2015 Epic Training

2015 is looking like a high-mileage year for me and many others. For me, there’s the Wales in a Day in September and a 206 mile ride in Newark in July. Plus probably a Coast to Coast in a Day and a lap of the Peak District. Which means I need to do lots of long rides regularly to build …

B&DCC Sparrow Fart Routes

The Sparrow Fart ride is a regular Saturday morning 7:30am ride organised by Bolsover & District Cycling Club. It’s about a 15mph average, hilly ride. Usually about 2 hours of riding over 30 miles. Which then can give the rest of the day for you family/life. I’ve linked from this post all the 10 rotated routes as I’ve re-drawn them …

Strava Centurion

If you use Strava, have a premium account and don’t ┬áhave a power meter. Strava Centurion might be of interest. It’s an open source app that I wrote with two guys from work into cycling to take a TCX file from a garmin and perform power calculations, producing an output TCX file that contains wattage points as if you’d ridden …

Holme Moss

This has to be the most iconic climb I’ve done. It’s number 43 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs. Now, there are harder climbs and longer climbs in the book. But I think this is so far the single greatest climb. That said the book seems to just focus on the pure uphill bit of the climb. Which I think is …

The Cat and Fiddle

Number 70 in the Hundred Greatest Climbs book, and this is a clear contender. Starting in the middle of Macclesfield is not ideal, but, the road is a major route with a great surface. It’s never too steep. You never┬áhave to be out of the saddle on it. It even lets up with a couple of little downhill’s and a …

Gun Hill

Gun Hill is another climb in the 2nd book of climbs. Another 100 Greatest Climbs. It seems to be iconic with people we’ve passed on the road on that side of the Peak District. Not having the 2nd book, I’m not sure why. I presume it’s used in the TOB a lot. It’s an OK ascent, the surface is reasonable, …