Saturday 29th June.

A few weeks ago I entered Neale and myself into a 200km Permanent Audax ride.

The last time I rode this distance was 17 years ago to celebrate my 50th birthday, Neale has never ridden that far.

As it turned it would be the hottest day of the year in the UK, no where near the temperatures reached in mainland Europe but still hot for us at 32 degrees C.

Our ride would start in Kingston Bagpuize, and follow a triangular route to Oxford, Chipping Campden, Malmesbury the back to Kingston Bagpuize.

Neale pick me up at 7:00 in his van and we travelled the few miles to Kingston Bagpuize.

I look after the bikes while Neale parks his van round the corner at his brother in laws.

From here it was just a mile to start our journey at the local supermarket where both made a purchase the receipt acting as proof of passage.

An almost deserted St. Giles in Oxford.

Taking a quick break, over looking the glorious North Oxfordshire countryside.

Fifty miles into our trip we reach Chipping Campden, much in need of water as the heat was starting to get to me at least.

Another street view in Chipping Campden.

Sadly the heat would get to us and the hills were so unrelenting that I failed to take another photo until near the finish of our ride nearly 13 hours after starting.

So a big day out, though I think this will be my last 200km ride, overall I enjoyed it, though at times it would have been ease to abandon the ride, however, at these times the only way to return home was by bike so we had to continue to the end.

As can be imagined I’ve got quite a few sore and stiff paces on the body, though a gentle 5 miles trundle late this morning showed that the legs still work.

Distance – 137 miles.

Journey – with Neale our youngest son.

Bike – Spa Audax.

4 response to "A LONG DAY IN THE SADDLE"

  1. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: June 30, 2019

    137 miles in 90F heat is impressive! And to average a little over 10mph (including stops) even more so!
    That was a long ride! I’d have to move the decimal to the left! 🙂

  2. By: Tony Cullimore Posted: July 1, 2019

    I often wonder how long distance riders keep going. Now I know. Ride somewhere where the only way back is by bike.

    Well done.

  3. By: Bill Stone Posted: July 1, 2019

    Good job! On rides like that, pedaling and forward progress are far more important than photographs, but the ones you snapped are fine. Love that countryside!

  4. By: The Navigator Posted: July 2, 2019

    Bravo and well done! That is a super-long ride to be proud of in perfect conditions, let alone when it was so hot! I hope you enjoyed at least some of it and it wasn’t a 13-hour suffer-fest. Some pain is good, and expected, but 13 hours could be torture. Congrats to Neale, too, on his first ride of that length 🙂

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