Grand Fondo Scotland 16/06/2019

Grand Fondo Scotland 16/06/2019

Today was the Gand Fondo Scotland ride in Stirling, the first time this ride has been run here. We would be riding in and around the Trossachs today and up over duke’s pass the hard way rather than the north side which is the easier approach. Todays ride would be about 75 miles starting at 07:00 which meant getting up a silly o’clock just to get to the start I would be riding the route with one of the other club members so I had company around todays ride rather than doing on myself. I didn’t think the ride was that hard, it could have been much harder but over all a good ride only marred by the absolute down pour towards the last couple of miles. I wasn’t expecting rain, there was no forecast for it so I had no wet gear what so ever which meant I got wet but I was close to the finish by this time so I wasn’t too bothered with it. I averaged just under 16 mph but I wasn’t going hard as I was riding with another rider so I got the finish in one piece feeling fine, all in all a good days ride

Ride 09/06/2019

Ride 09/06/2019

It’s a pleasant enough day today, sunny spells with some windy patches here and there. Out with the 10:00 crew doing the usual route over Knockhill and along to dollar and up to muircot for a cafe stop. Then back home via Kincardine and the coastal road to Dunfermline. I stopped at home for lunch but wanted to do a longer ride so after lunch a did a loop to Kirkcaldy and back bumping the mileage up to 75 miles. We weren’t going particularly fast today so my avg speed was only 15 mph today.

Ride 08/06/2019

Ride 08/06/2019

Well it was forecast to rain today and it did but not before I got home Out with the 09:00 crew this morning doing the usual Sat bun run, pace was good for me 16 mph avg to the cafe stop but of course going via knock hill lowers my avg but I’m still happy with 15.8 mph. Tomorrows a better weather day so I’m looking to do a longer ride then.

Ride 02/06/2019

Ride 02/06/2019

On a wet and windy day I decided to go with the 09:00 wrecking crew as I didn’t think anyone would turn up for the 10:00 ride. Given the rain I was dressed accordingly but despite the weather forecast it didn’t rain for most of the ride only a few spots here and there much to my surprise. Even on the 09:00 there were only 3 of us and the decision was made not to stop for a cafe stop, just as well I was packing a lot of energy gels. I was able to keep up with the other riders the whole way round but it did cost me 6 energy gels and ironically enough todays ride wasn’t any faster than yesterday. Anyway by the time I got back home I was still a sweaty mess as today was quite warm but I’m not wrecked so I’ll live with that

Ride 01/06/2019

Ride 01/06/2019

Well it’s a reasonable weather day, overcast but mild with no rain, so I was out with the 09:00 crew doing the usual route and speed or so I thought. At the cafe stop the decision was made to extend the ride around Loch Leven which was fine with me I wasn’t pushing it today so going a few extra miles wasn’t an issue. So after lunch we pressed on to Dollar and up and over Milnathort and around Loch Leven. Thing were going fine until about 5 miles from home I ran over something hard and punctured my back tyre but given how close I was to home I didn’t really care, fixed the puncture in 5 mins and 15 minutes later I was home again