Great weekend of cycling in Buckinghamshire

Location: Marlow, United Kingdom

I headed down to Buckinghamshire to compete in the Men's National 25-mile time trial, and made sure to squeeze in some hilly miles in the process. Having collected my TT bike from Streetlife (Norwich) with a new Sram Stages power crank, and stopped off near Ely to collect a Garmin Forerunner 310xt triathlon computer, I headed for Aylesbury and turned off at Wingrave to mess around on my road bike:

A nibble at the hills of Buckinghamshire

Ride on 2015-08-01 15:28:34, at Wingrave

Gear: Ridley Noah (Ridley Noah 1303am)

36km in 1:00:43

Average speed36.0 kmh
Max speed59.8 kmh
Average heart rate156 bpm
Average power243 Watts
Elevation gain293 metres

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Here was my evening walk down to the Thames for a chip supper:

Evening walk down to the Thames

Walk on 2015-08-01 17:42:51, at Marlow

Gear: Wilson

4km in 0:38:09

Average speed6.6 kmh
Max speed15.5 kmh
Elevation gain23 metres

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After that I rode on the first/last part of the time trial course:

Checking out the A404 for the Men's National '25

Ride on 2015-08-01 18:50:45, at Marlow

Gear: Ridley Noah (Ridley Noah 1303am)

23km in 0:39:44

Average speed35.0 kmh
Max speed48.6 kmh
Average heart rate154 bpm
Average power219 Watts
Elevation gain116 metres

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The next morning at 6am was cool and misty, but that cleared away quickly for my warm-up:

Warm-up ride for the National '25

Ride on 2015-08-02 05:49:27, at Marlow

Gear: Ribble TT bike

9km in 0:16:20

Average speed33.6 kmh
Max speed50.4 kmh
Average heart rate135 bpm
Average power178 Watts
Elevation gain36 metres

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After the time trial, I went straight back to my B&B, enjoyed a full English fried breakfast, and hit the hills just north of Marlow:

Into the hills north of Marlow

Ride on 2015-08-02 08:52:18, at Marlow

Gear: Ridley Noah (Ridley Noah 1303am)

26km in 0:50:13

Average speed31.5 kmh
Max speed58.3 kmh
Average heart rate150 bpm
Average power201 Watts
Elevation gain346 metres

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I finished that ride at the time trial HQ (the Steve Redgrave Sports Centre) and watched David Millar presenting the winners with their medals.


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My name is John Swindells and I'm a keen recreational cyclist with a preference for long one-day rides. I've also previously dabbled in time trialling and cyclo-cross. See more of what I get up to on Strava!

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