Location: Yorkshire Dales, Swineside, United Kingdom
This Sunday (Mother's Day, as it happens) was particularly full for me. Up at 6am, and out the door at 7am I drove four hours with eldest son Dan to deliver him to the Army Foundation College at Harrogate. After two hours at the college, I hit the road on my bike and followed a pre-planned route through Hebdon, Malham and Kettlewell. The climb out of Malham was quite difficult, and I passed a couple of other cyclists struggling up.
From Kettlewell I went up a ridiculously steep road that went between Walden Head and Whernside. After plummeting down the other side I discovered that the planned right turn at Arkleside was actually just a dirt track, and had to carry on heading north-east until I could finally start heading south at Jervaulx. With the extra 13 miles added to my journey, I ended up riding 104 miles - and climbing 9000 feet. It was a tough day in the saddle.
Ride on 2017-03-26 12:11:04, at
All was going swimmingly until I couldn't take a crucial right turn – forcing me into a 10-mile detour! Terrible roads generally, but lovely weather.
168km in 5:58:19
|Average speed||28.2 kmh|
|Max speed||70.2 kmh|
|Average heart rate||147 bpm|
|Elevation gain||2743 metres|