◾ YCC 2016 It’s a wrap – Results

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The first year of the Century challenge is over, the final frosty topping has been applied and the legends of Tonnage on the road have been crowned.

The Year, the winners Kajsa Tylén and Steve Abraham
The Year, the winners Kajsa Tylén and Steve Abraham

It’s only fitting that we have joint winners, Steve and Kajsa the two record breaking riders who in the end rode together and called a truce for the final century with 166 tons each. Congratulations to Kajsa on her new World record for highest annual distance cycled by a female, and to Steve for His Month record in which he recorded 59 centuries alone, wow!

Kajsa spent the year concentrating on her riding thanks to some great service on the single bike she had to use for the whole year from Leisure Lakes, great service from them.

Kajsa the new record holder at 32,326 miles (52,025 km)
Kajsa the new record holder at 32,326 miles (52,025 km)

The final top ten

1=. 166  Kajsa Tylén
1=. 166  Steve Abraham
3. 131  Steve Gee
4=. 125  Jack Peterson
4=. 125  Phill Cloke
6. 120  Ricki Goode
7. 105  Richard Karmann
8. 104  Mike Kelly
9. 102  Pete Rees
10. 97  Mike Lane

Special mention goes to Steve Gee who can claim to be the first working rider in the table, and well done to all our nine centurions who go in the roll of honour for acquiring the ton of tons. No mean feat at approximately two a week.

Mike Lane came oh so close especially with a valiant push collecting 14 alone in December. As a consolation he is the final winner of the Year Book prize for which our thanks go to Author Dave Barter and v-publishing.co.uk for their inspiration and year long support.



A further 14 riders go in the roll of honour for achieving 50 or more centuries, while in total 75 riders achieved the target of 20 which will gain them a certificate in recognition if they so desire. (contact bluedotriders@gmail to claim please) Well done to all the riders who achieved 12 for a century a month average too. The final totals

December once again showed us some great rides, we are constantly amazed by riders putting in over 200 miles. Spurred on by the Rapha 500 challenge we even saw Martian Cioana pop in a 300 mile single day ride, while Steve G showed they are harder up North with a 395 mile single ride.

So onto 2017, who will be the front runners? It’s clear some who targeted the ton of tons will be taking a well earned rest while others just can’t get enough of creating their own groove in the tarmac. One things clear though Steve Abraham will once again be the man to watch as it’s odds on he will be attempting the Years Mileage record again. Looks like Dave Barter is going to be appending the Year book for some time to come yet.

2017 Updates:

A primary new rule this year is that centuries do not have to be completed in one calendar day. This is  due to a new automatic counting system which also means we also have a different totals table. We have a new Facebook group which will hopefully lead to a further development of the great YCC riding community which has spawned this year. It’s been fantastic watching riders on their journeys, so please join in and show us the 2017 rides your proud of, your stories and pictures, and use it to arrange YCC meet ups or group rides. Enjoy the miles.

The YCC Links of note:


◾ YCC November Round Up

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This Month was all about one special lady, Kajsa on the 24th November passed the mileage set by Billy Fleming of 29,603 miles to beat the current ladies annual mileage record in the UK. The first of many to end the year

Bizarrely Guinness will recognize the record when she passes 50,000km with an expected celebration at 11am on Dec 9th at Harvey Hadden in Nottingham. Due to the leap year the official end of the record attempt is at 08:15 am on Sat 31st Dec. Why not join us on your final Ton of the year at the Finish Line Party which will be held from 07:30 at Leisure Lakes Bikes in Breaston. http://www.ayearinthesaddle.com/

On the Home stretch Kajsa has been racking up the miles with 27 Centuries. Steve G has been putting in some super long rides (382 & 252 miles) and deserves his prize of the Year book for November whilst looking like he has secured third place in our overall total.

November  Tons
27 Kajsa Tylén
9  Mike Kelly
9  Steve Abraham
9  Steve Gee
8  Paul Buckley
8  Ricki Goode
7  James Juneyt Dennis

Ricki Goode’s strong showing shows the competition for the spots in the top 10 are still super competitive despite November being the quietest month of 2016 so far for centuries. Much Kudos to Mike Kelly who became our latest Centurion on the 10th November and kept going in style.

Top 10 with December remaining
158 Kajsa Tylén
158 Steve Abraham
118 Steve Gee
114 Jack Peterson
114 Phill Cloke
110 Ricki Goode
104 Mike Kelly
104 Richard Karmann
102 Pete R
83 Mike Lane
77 Paul Buckley

The month started with Jasmijn Muller competing at the world TT champs in California, She was powering away in the lead overall but then suffered bad heatstroke and stopped 6 hrs from the end. Despite this Jas was still 3rd overall and won her age class, so huge congratulations despite the misfortune.

Back in cold Blighty the first snows didn’t stop Steve G putting in his huge overnight rides up North, with Steve Abraham riding out with Kajsa for her record celebration ride and Wyatt from Planet Rock on a charity ride keeping Kajsa at bay for now. The London epic duo JJ Dennis and Martian Cioana both put in separate rides over 400 miles with minimum stoppage time, JJ doing a south coast loop and Martian going sight seeing to Lands end.

Missing you

It will be interesting to see how many of the YCC crew put up the required December over 250KM ride.  This is stage 1 of a competition to win a free entry and kit for the 2017 Transcontinental race.

The Century Challenge in 2017

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While it’s been fun watching the achievements of riders pushing themselves through 2016, it’s also been very challenging.  Counting the rides during the week is fine, and it’s been great fun checking out some amazing ride locations;  watching the race for the first 300 mile triple ton ride, and being part of the race to be first to the ton of tons.

Here at YCC towers come the weekend it gets hectic, add in going away on your own multiday trips and it becomes somewhat a burden. Returning home tired and hungry and having to prioritise Strava mining for tons over recovery sleep and reacquainting myself with the family has proved pretty difficult. Even Sunday nights away have been spent trying to find Internet access just to check the previous weeks club table before it disappears for good on Strava.

One time consuming aspect has also been that riders like to put up multi-day trips and long Audax rides as one file.  Don’t get me wrong they look great, but come on, is it the same ride when you have 8 hrs sleep in your own bed.
With the centuries only counting in a calendar day rule, most rides had to be verified by manually trolling through them in analysis mode, taking into account their start time and periods stopped.

We want the show to go on for 2017, the Strava API allows automatic collection of data from group members and it’s being tested in use right now.  An example from the test page (shown above) will display the latest rides above 100 miles. Riders will be able to see the latest big rides; BUT there are restrictions, as Strava only allows group admin to retrieve the last 200 rides from its records.

At the moment the group members rack up about 80 rides a day but at peak periods over the weekend if you load your ride late Sunday, or Monday it will be missed. This occurs because Strava timestamps each one with the ride start time. To get round this there will be a link to each riders recorded centuries. A section of Kajsa’s January 2016 rides are shown here

If any rider notices an unrecorded century ride there will be the option to manually  make sure it is recorded. This is done by putting the Strava ride number in the add box shown. The ride number is the unique reference Strava gives to every ride; this is available in your browser URL address box.
This takes the form https://www.strava.com/activities/783530675
The ONLY part we will require you to put in the box is the final number, in this example its 783530675

Anyone who joins the challenge late will be required to get up to speed by adding their historical rides themselves using the above method.

So is that over 783 million rides already in the Strava bank, wow! Wonder what the earliest ride number is that we can reference. This was the 100 millionth in 2013, The earliest one I quickly found was this one 299 from 2008

Summary Table – this is not the finished product but shows a Centuries total column – which will link to the list of recorded rides.

To make this as automatic a process as possible some things will change come January 1st.

2017 Century Challenge Rules (work in progress)

  1. UK riders only (we are still considering making this worldwide we have 1 month to decide.)
  2. Competitors must join the Yearly Century Challenge (YCC) club on strava
  3. If your rides are private then YCC admin will request to follow you for ride validation purposes.
  4. The counting starts on January 1st 2017 at 00:00
  5. Rides must be human powered only, and in the great outdoors, no virtual rides or indoor track rides
  6. Rides no longer have to be within a calendar day. Starting at 10pm and finishing the next day counts as a century this year.
  7. One point for every 100 mile ride. 100 miles = 1 point, 200 miles =2 points etc.
  8. We appreciate riders like to upload multi-day rides as one file. This is allowed as long as it is not abused to falsify or simulate a long distance ride/trip
  9. Two separate ride files on one day that total over 100 miles will qualify, it will be up to the rider to email the organisers to bring attention to this as the logging software will miss it. (It would be better to join the rides together before uploading, or just don’t reset your device until the end of your second ride.
  10. Much of this relies on rider honour, any suspect admissions will be discounted; Repeat offenders will be removed from the YCC group.
  11. If rides are updated late or during peak summer periods they will be missed, more so if we go world wide. In 2017 it will be the riders responsibility to add their missing rides themselves, a list of collected rides and a self upload form will be provided. To an upload a ride you input your Strava ride number. (found at the end of the ride URL)
  12. Riders joining after the start date of Jan 1st will be responsible for adding their previous rides manually to the counting database, or must provide a list of Strava ride links by email to the YCC admin
  13. In all maters arising the final decision rests with the YCC admin, who reserves the right to alter or amend the rules as may be necessary.

For any more info, Mail: BlueDotRiders@gmail.com. Any offers in prizes or support will be greatly received, does your company want to sponsor this challenge? Any comments or questions appreciated below too.


◾ YCC October Round Up

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The shorter days and cooler evenings of October have not stopped the pursuit of big miles. Paul Buckley cracked the triple ton in fine style with this ride while Pete R produced a commendable 245 miles the same weekend. Ivo M meanwhile went for an adventure in warmer climes on the Silk route,  his album of pictures is here if anyone has a thirst to do similar.


With many of the top runners already having received a Year book prize, the battle is hotting up, with an attainable total giving more riders a chance . Jeff Ellingham was looking favourite on 9 going into the final weekend, then Steve G. drew level and held the placing with the tiebreak of an epic 249 mile day in his favour. Just as we were readying the congratulations email JJ Denis returned from his epic self styled London-Edinburgh-London ride. His 1000 mile monster battling the cold nights into November grabbed him 6 tons to leap into prime spot on 11, congratulations and very well deserved. Go give the guy some Kudos.

1013 miles in 4 days outstanding. LEL loop JJ style
1013 miles in 4 days outstanding. LEL loop JJ style

October top tonnage
21 Kajsa Tylén
13 Pete R
12 Mike Kelly
12 Paul Buckley
11 James Juneyt Dennis
11 Ricki Goode
9 Steve Gee
9 Jeff Ellingham





This month we crowned another three Centurions.  A local Northants battle saw Rich Karmann narrowly pip Ricki Goode to the magic “ton of tons.” Pete R. completed on the final weekend and celebrating in style. Fellow riders joined him and enjoyed a party with much deserved celebration cake and beers. That’s 8 centurions with Mike Kelly homing in on 96, and that looks like it for 2016 unless something special happens.

Centurion Pete enjoys the spoils
Centurion Pete enjoys the spoils

Total to end October (full details Sheet)
149 Steve Abraham
134 Kajsa Tylén
113 Phill Cloke
112 Jack Peterson
109 Steve Gee
102 Richard Karmann
102 Ricki Goode
100 Pete R
95 Mike Kelly
77 Mike Lane

58 riders so far have reached what for many is their target of 20 centuries, how many more of you are on the cusp and will get there with two months remaining.

Kajsa is so famous she now rides in disguise
Kajsa is so famous she now rides in disguise

In October Kajsa Tylén passed 27,000 miles for the year so far, and is looking to have a stronger resolve than ever to complete a ton a day. We’re positive she will smash her 31,069 mile target to claim the Years mileage record, but will she overhaul Steve Abraham in the YCC table; will Steve let her 😉

Another notable mention goes to Andy Lawrence who completed the tough annual bearbones 200K off road challenge in Wales in 18 hrs

Finally good luck to Jasmijn Muller in her attempt at the 24hr world TT champs this weekend in Calafornia after a difficult year; have a great ride.

Don’t forget if you want to win one of the final two copies of “The Year” book then you have a great chance in Nov’ and Dec’ as obviously the totals will drop off and many riders have already won one and therefore are not counted.

Night rides at this time of year can bring calmer and clearer conditions. Pic Martian Cioana
Night rides at this time of year can bring calmer and clearer conditions. Pic Martian Cioana

◾ YCC September Round Up

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59 Tons in one month, what more can you say Steve Abraham is a legend. After a truly epic October where he rode over 200 miles daily, he now officially holds the longest ratified mileage in a Month record at 7104.5 miles.

Steve A's wandering breadcrumb trail for his record months riding
Steve A’s wandering breadcrumb trail for his record months riding

Kajsa herself trying for one century a day, joined the YCC “Ton of Tons” club, Steve A of course cruised in and our fifth member now is Steve Gee. Congratulations to all, One Hundred Centuries by the start of Autumn is very impressive.

It looks like a further four riders have targeted becoming a Centurion for the year, it obviously takes some commitment as only fifteen riders have completed more than fifty in 2016. Mike Kelly is one of those and his relentless charge has earned him “The Year” book prize for this month with 11. If you fancy a copy yourself then the next three months are a good chance to start a charge, it has to go to a new rider each month.

Septembers Top 6:
59 Steve Abraham
25 Kajsa Tylén
12 Pete R
12 Richard Karmann
11 Mike Kelly
10 Steve Gee

Overall Top 10 so far:
145 Steve Abraham
111 Jack Peterson
110 Kajsa Tylén
108 Phill Cloke
100 Steve Gee
96 Richard Karmann
91 Ricki Goode
87 Pete R
83 Mike Kelly
76 Mike Lane

Big Rides and events that caught our eye for September include:

      • Jasmijn Muller in the National 12 hr TT does 265 miles for 3rd, not to shabby, welcome back after a health scare. Gregg Melia puts out 256 miles at the same event.
      • Jas then partnered up with Paul B and Hippy from here to compete in the Revolve 24Hr team race at Brands Hatch circuit where they came 4th and Jas picked up a hatfull of fastest lap prizes.
      • A true distance nutter ride though from Jason Miles, 24 Hr solo champ from the same event, 407 miles and an Everest of climbing on a tough circuit. Ride of the month.
      • Well deserved trophy, Jason Miles wins the world cup, almost.
        Well deserved trophy, Jason Miles wins the world cup, almost.
      • Several riders did the Borders of Belgium 1000km Audax. Rob B, Lindsay C and Dean C.
      • A good YCC turnout at the Flatlanders 600 including James W, Jack P, Shaun H, Jignesh S, Mike L and Folly.
      • Dave Barter our book prize sponsor rode a challenging new off road challenge, read his report at Torino – Nice rally, great tales as always from Dave.
      • The Valleycat event in Wales brought together YCC riders Shell, Rob J, JP and JJ, some challenging riding over road and tough gravel tracks followed by great social evenings, highly recommended adventure. Here’s one of JJ’s rides with some great pictures.
JJ enjoying the "not suitable for motors" fun of valleycat
JJ enjoying the “not suitable for motors” fun of valleycat
  • We also loved Kat Moores pictures of the Bristol girls having fun on the Rapha Womens prestige event out of Londinium.

◾ YCC Summer Round Up

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A Ton of Tons deserved a special cake or three, and several beers (Jack P.)
A Ton of Tons deserved a special cake or three, and several beers (Jack P.)

A lot has happened but the main news is we have our first centurion riders: Phill Cloke. and Jack Peterson. both entered the Ton of Tons roll of honour on the same day in week 32. An outstanding achievement with Phill adding 21 in July alone. Pete R had a good July too and received the Year book prize as the next deserved winner.

July’s Top 5

21 Phill Cloke
17 Jack Peterson
13 Pete R
13 Richard Karmann
12 Mike Lane

As you’d expect over summer there were some huge rides, several over 1000km. In the Audax world one such event was the gruelling Mile Pennines, a great bunch of YCC riders Paul Dytham, Shell, Steve Ferry, Jamie Andrews Mike Kelly Alex Bend, Marcus JB and Adama watkins, did battle with the weather and Northern hills.

Henry Whaley NC500
Henry Whaley NC500

Another was the highlands and Islands where Jack, Ricki Goode, David Hann and Dan Rough has differeing success in the cold wet Scottish hills while the rest of the UK basked in warm sunshine.
Andy C rode his own 1000km route, while Martin Radford rode LEJoG and Henry Whaley rode the NC500
Steve Abraham meanwhile did the national 24 hour TT with a credible 457 miles.
The Dulwich Dynamo had a huge turnout with some riders completing the return as a loop, but a 6pm start time kills double ton aspirations.

There was off road fun too, Jason Miles did the Salzkammergut Trophy a tough Austria off road Enduro with 7.900 metres of climbing in 200km, truly epic.
Dave Barter (the generous doner of our prize book “The Year”) did an established off road classic, the Trans Cambrian Way. His story of the ride here is written in his superbly funny style and well worth a read.

August Top 5

19 Paul Buckley
16 Shell (LFCC)
14 Darren Franks
14 James Juneyt Dennis
13 Hippy Hippy and Rob Jordon

The table tells a story, August started for several of our YCC clan with the Transcontinental race from Belgium to Turkey. These mile-eaters lead the way with Paul stealing the book prize in the end with a 4 ton round trip to the Isle of Man, so he recovered well.

The Devastator challenge was no match for Darren's post TCR metabolism
The Devastator challenge was no match for Darren’s post TCR metabolism

Darren Franks showed us just how much appetite such a long ride creates, while his trip blog is evolving as it paints a graphic picture of the pain involved, another great read
JJD grabbed his tons in just two Monster rides, one a lap of Iceland, the other a London-Edinburgh-London loop of his own, he hopes to race to Turkey next year.
Kajsa continues on her year record and returns from her Scandinavian adventure riding North in the UK heatwave, the red arrows even help her celebrate on day 231 when she passes 20,000 miles so far in 2016.

Steve Abraham shows some speed doing 237 miles at 18mph, outstanding, what’s he preparing for: From September 2nd he is going for the month mileage record. Now as his target is 7000 miles, it’s very likely that he could post 60 tons for next month alone!

Rob Jordon on Furka pass TransContinental
Rob Jordon on Furka pass TransContinental

The off road big rides keep coming; George Cordal rode the lumpy South Downs Way in one hit, but MiniPips keeps blowing us away. Tour de France off road then back to school, amazing picture blog story here.

Andy C is another hero completing a challenge he set himself, riding 600Km, 400Km, 300Km, 200Km for twelve continuous months; best explained in his blog

Kudos also going to Alex Hamilton for his 24 Challenge, and Luke Dutton for the Newcastle to London non-stop  challenge.

So after all that the main table come the end of August looks like this: We await our next Centurian, well after Steve who will blow the table apart it seems. Full table here

104 Jack Peterson
102 Phill Cloke
90 Steve Gee
86 Steve Abraham
85 Kajsa Tylén
84 Richard Karmann
82 Ricki Goode
75 Pete R
71 Mike Kelly
69 Mike Lane

Stop Press: Steve A day 1 – A triple ton for starters

◾ YCC June Round Up

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The month with the most daylight, and the start of many Ultra endurance races, we would expect a landslide of tons this month.

Jasmijn Muller starts the month off with a LEJOG trip. This was in preparation for a future attempt to beat the ladies record for the End to End route in 2017. It was great seeing the huge variation of trips riders took, June’s bullet points follow in no particular order.

  • Marcus JB went on an great voyage of adventure, this bridged both May and June as he headed South for the sun across France
  • Ten riders have now cracked the 50 Tons after 6 Months and thirty people have a completed 20 to gain a certificate (Note: If any of your are graphic designers and can help with the design of this please get in touch
  • Dave Barter put in another great off road Ton ride completing a double ridgeway ride. Ridgeway_DaveB
  • Alex H and Graeme C collect a few doing the increasingly popular NC500 route in Scotland.
  • A local Northants battle breaks out between Rich K and Ricki G, at times both putting in 4 tons in a week, Rich coming out on top 13 to 12 in his favour.
  • Phil C puts in a mammoth consistent 17 for the month with 5 in one week, to move him up to third in the overall table.
  • Darren F practicing for a ton fest at the TCR race goes LEL route hunting riding from London to Edinburgh for 440 miles (3 tons)
  • Richard B and Steve G join the Triple Ton club with a very fast 300 around the Lincoln area in 23 Hours.
  • Toby Willis joins the YCC Everesting gang, the third this year to scale 8480 metres up the same climb in a day.
  • The Big Audax rides are in full swing, several riders out on the very tough Dragons and Legends 600Km round Wales including Alex B and Gareth B and Mike L

Almost a lap of wales

Almost a lap of wales

Photo: Alex Bend

Photo: Alex Bend

  • Another event for Sarah F, Keith W and Chris H was to complete the Coast to Coast route including the Hardknott pass in one day.
  •  Dereck M and Eric R rode the other direction across the country in the South for 204 miles, chasing the sun from when it rose in Southend over to the Welsh West Coast.
  • Mike Hall smashed the Tour Divide Race from Banff Canada to the Mexican border.  Read the story here. Just think about that, under 14 days for 2700 miles off road with minimal sleep unsupported, truly amazing cycling. He gained 19 Tons to deservedly win this Months book prize. “The Year”
  • Commiserations to Steve G who looked odds on for the book prize going into the final three days of the month regularly posting four Tons in a week. His efforts though now move him up to fourth in the overall 2016 list above Steve A.
  • Steve Abraham himself took part in a 12 hour TT double ton on his trusty Raleigh riding at over 20mph average. He is certainly training hard and look out for an attempt on the HAMR month record before the year’s out; That should be 60 tons alone with his past record.
Photo: JackP – Stunning

Three of the Top ten riders this month competed against each other in the TransAtlanticWay Race around Irelands Wild Atlantic Way. Jack P, Paula R and George C gathered a hatful of Tons during one week battling the elements, whilst enjoying the stunning views this huge coastal route offers.  This means Jack stretches out a brief gap at the top of the yearly tons table with 76, while Kajsa had a relaxing month touring to and round Sweden, still on target for the ladies highest Annual mileage record.

Centuries Recorded for June:
19 Mike Hall
17 Phill Cloke
14 Steve Gee
13 Richard Karmann
13 Paula Regener
13 Jack Peterson
12 Ricki Goode
11 Mike Lane
8 Steve Abraham
8 Kajsa Tylén
8 George Cordal

Yearly Totals at the end of June:  (full List)
Jack Peterson 76
Kajsa Tylén 72
Phill Cloke 71
Steve Gee 66
Steve Abraham 64
Ricki Goode  62
Richard Karmann 61
Mike Kelly 54
Mike Lane 52
Pete R 50