◾ YCC May Round Up

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May saw us well and truly into big ride season with double tons becoming very common; rides to the seaside, Big Audaxes becoming more popular, and our first Everesting ride. The cold weather challenged at times, week 20 saw a particular low of only 47 recorded tons.

April winner Phil C started us off with a double, this after only one days rest from his very quick triple – but then when his book arrived he took a break.
The Fred Whitton is always popular and Shell, Greg L, Gavin Q,  Justin D, Karl S, and Alex H took on the tough climbs as they passed the ton at this event.
JJ put in some big rides with minimal stops; a 320 miler in 24 hrs, perfect timing with two tons on saturday and one on Sunday. Then backed this up with a two day ride to Edinburgh of 460 miles.
Dean C also hit a monster 317 miler but showed that timing is everything for YCC starting as 24 miles by midnight robbed him of the third ton.

PeeJay enjoyed the peaks
PeeJay enjoyed the peaks

Big doubles on long multi day trips from Darren F to Bilbao Spain, and Andy C doing 865 miles in 4.5 days, but again Martian C had to be top dog; a London to Liverpool return trip of 446 miles.

Strava dubbed May the 10th  “ride to work day” much of the country had bad weather but it didn’t stop Matt the Beard. OK he didnt go to work but grabbed a great double ton. Several riders did the Etape du Dales but loads more in YCC did the Brian Chapman Memorial 600K in a gloriously sunny Wales. We counted sixteen which all added to the highest tonnage week so far this year. Check out the Strava Playback

Big Kudos for the first YCC Everest. George C climbed over 8840 Metres up Ditchling Beacon  Then The Bonk followed shortly after with one too.

Shell does the Fred- Hardknott headwind
Shell does the Fred- Hardknott headwind

Richard Barnett put in a consistent month to grab May’s “The Year” book prize, while Kajsa still Marches on in her Year Mileage record quest. The consistency of the year long front runners continues to amaze, now joined by Mike lane and Andy C as they get into their stride. We have a feeling June is going to be huge, bear with us as we try to keep up.

May Totals

14 Kajsa Tylén
13 Richard Barnett  (Year Book Prize winner)
13 Jack Peterson
11 Andy C
10 Mike Lane
10 Steve Gee
9 Lindsay Clayton
9 Mike Kelly
9 Pete R
9 Ricki Goode

2016  totals after five months (full List)
64 Kajsa Tylén
63 Jack Peterson
57 Steve Abraham
54 Phill Cloke
52 Steve Gee
50 Ricki Goode
48 Mike Kelly
48 Richard Karmann
44 Pete R
42 Andy C
41 Mike Lane
37 Tony Barlow
36 Richard Barnett


◾ YCC April Round Up

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The Century challenge in April came alive with some epic adventures, our first triple ton, snow disrupted rides and a titanic battle for the book prize.

Mike Kelly started the month with intent riding to the south coast, polishing off a 300Km Audax and returning for 4 points for the weekend. Phill Cloke and Richard Karmen (5 centuries in 5 days) responded the following week and the battle was on, with Mr consistent Steve G shadowing them whilst grabbing two double ton rides. Into the final weekend with Mike and Richard tied on 13 each and then Phill dropped his bomb, a triple ton to jump them both and secure the Year Book prize with 14; Congratulations Phill

Steve Abraham returned in style making a sweat pledge to Kajsa; to match her weeks mileage on an Eliptigo machine. This ramped up his total with 7 in one week alone, the machine is back in business. Kajsa herself had an unusually quiet month for centuries while still keeping on target for her year mileage record. Passing through 10,000 Miles data link
Steve Eliptigo pic

April Total centuries top 5

14 Phill Cloke
13 Mike Kelly
13 Richard Karmann
13 Steve Abraham
12 Steve Gee

Phil wasn’t the first 300 though, Martian C finally on his third attempt secured our first triple of the year with a superb South Coast ride.  Steve G, Mike K, Paul B, Jasmijn M (289 miles in 19 Hrs wow) did 200 mile rides twice each, with many others also riding doubles.

Now That's a huge ride
Now That’s a huge ride

The Spring classics of the Rond Flanders, and Leige Baston Liege saw a few of our YCC riders putting in big rides at each supporting sportive ride. Ian Hill rode to the Paris Roubaix race for charity, while Jack P was lucky enough to ride the course the day before, escorted by three time podium Pro rider Juan Antonio Flecha.

J.A.Flecha the ultimate guide to riding the Roubaix Cobbles
J.A.Flecha the ultimate guide to riding the Roubaix Cobbles

As Audax season got into full swing many riders totals were boosted with rides to Skegness, Bistol’s Elvis ride, fuelled by amazing cake displays, whilst the huge Brevet Cymru 400Km had a big YCC turnout (we spotted 11). Some had problems with that crazy snow mid month leading to  abandoned plans.  Dave P, Mike H, Mini Pips and Rich S all grabbed a hard earned ton over a 200Km gravel course in Kielder at the dirty Riever event.

Great shot from Shell. Early mist on the Brevet Cymru 400K
Great shot from Shell. Early mist on the Brevet Cymru 400K

Adventurous long rides started early with the Bristol Audax riders boosting there team total with a multi day weather hit epic in Iceland. Their plans were scuppered by very high winds (literally blowing them off the road) and cold nights, but what a trip. Jack P kept his big total ticking along by riding to the sun in Barcelona across the Central Masif in 6 days.

Gareth B in Iceland (photo: Luke Joy-Smith)
Gareth B in Iceland (photo: Luke Joy-Smith)

Jason Miles teamed up with Guy Martin (you may have watched them set the Tandem 24 Hr record on TV) for a coast to coast with a difference, some big miles while raising money for a worthy cause. Guy is also training towards his plan to complete the Tour Divide Race this year, Mike Hall will also be there ramping up his YCC total for sure in his quest to win it once more.

As April drew to a close remarkably we had a three way tie at the top of the totals table, with Phill Cloke chasing hard. 14 riders have now completed over 20 centuries, what will May bring.

Total Tonnage for April after 4 months. (Full table here)
50  Kajsa Tylén
50  Jack Peterson
50 Steve Abraham
46  Phill Cloke
42 Steve Gee
41 Ricki Goode (A5R)
40 Richard Karmann
39 Mike Kelly
35 Pete R
32  Tony Barlow

By the way of comparison in 1911 Marcel Planes had yet to record his first 200 mile ride, but was well on his way to 100 centuries.

◾ YCC March Round Up

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Our Mad March hare is Ricki Goode with a commendable 16 centuries for the month, The Year book prize is on the way to him. He almost matched Kajsa on 17, who started the Month off in determined style with at least 5 per week for 3 weeks. Did she over do it, as fatigue resulted in a quiet end to the month in her highest Annual mileage campaign. Passing through a milestone of 10,000 Km on Day 70 with a York visit of 121 miles.

March Tons
17  Kajsa Tylén
16  Ricki Goode
13  Phill Cloke
12  Jack Peterson
12  Pete R
12  Richard Karmann
10  Steve Abraham
10  Steve Gee
10  Tony Barlow
9    Mike Kelly

The serious campaigners at the head of the table continued to battle, 5 riders still putting in at least one ton a week.  Andy C is still keeping super consistent in his own challenge while Phil C put in 3 in a row with some huge climbing in Cyprus . Steve Abraham got back on the horse and put in several rides with Kajsa to record 10 for the month. In one unique double ton day he rode up to Norfolk, dropped off the Raleigh and rode home on a two wheeled bike called a Morphius. This then enabled him to help an injured rider go for a 200K ride as the front part of the Morphius has a recumbrant seat.

MAR-steves new Morphius
Morphius. would you fancy pedalling that solo, Steve A did

The Audax season starts to get into full swing which means big rides from some as they ride to and from events. Adam Watkins doubled up on the March Madness, more doubles as Jack P, Bobby Charlton and Hippy battled fog on the Essex Horsepower. Other doubles from Phil C and Toby Willis. King of the doubles though was Lee Pearce, riding from London to Bilbao he did 3 separate 200 mile days.

Audax riders traditionally do long rides in teams to York over Easter; From various locations six separate YCC challengers rode for upwards of 250 miles in one long ride spread overnight.

The elusive triple gets nearer, four separate riders went over 280 miles in March; Steve G got close with one monster day in the peaks, Jack P on the Dean Audax, and JJ and Martain C the legends at over 290 miles on a huge South Coast loop from London. Martain even repeated his ride and easily cracked 300 in 24hrs but started at 1am which lost an hour.

Kajsa is still leading the way but Ricki’s surge draws him level with the consistent Jack P. They both celebrated by meeting up for the first time during their 38th over a breakfast at Café Ventoux in Leicestershire. With fellow team Northants member Rich Karmann the team passed 100 collective centuries, it’s great to see YCC creating new friendships.

MAR-team Northants
Team Northants reveal their secret weapon as they reach collectively 100 Tons

Down in New Zealand, Andy Lawrence and Kevin Cunniffe were riding off road from the top to bottom of both Islands; The Tour Aoteroa. Andy completing in under 13 days racked up a good haul of Tons. Spare a thought for poor Greg Millia who did great reverse northern C2C then had his bike nicked in Manchester on way back.

Mar-Kev NZ
Kev C self supported down under
Mar - Kev NZ ferry
Now that’s a ferry trip with a difference. New Zealand

We had to mention Gareth Baines and Alex Bend if only to include this fantastic picture of Glen Coe. A 1200Km epic round the Highlands and Islands over this years early Easter was ambitious, the weather unfortunately decided to stop ferries and halt their progress. They still got some great rides in around extra whisky drinking time.

Mar-Glen Coe
Glen Coe views thanks to Gareth B

Welcome to the YCC to Karl and Pete Summers it will be interesting to see if their rides become more competitive in the ton chase. Also Dereck Mckenzie who is doing themed rides taking in Football grounds is one to watch.

Totals for the end of March (full tables)

44  Kajsa Tylén
39  Jack Peterson
38  Ricki Goode (A5R)
36  Steve Abraham
32  Phill Cloke
30  Steve Gee
30  Tony Barlow
26  Mike Kelly
27  Richard Karmann
25  Pete R

As a comparison with the original 1911 competition which inspired YCC, on March 22nd 1911 Marcel Planes had 47 centuries from Billy Wells on 41. Fairly comparable but we will be surprised if anyone follows the furious competition that erupted in the summer of 1911.

Note: During April the adventures start so the YCC totals table will not be updated for a period. It will be updated during the final week so the race for Aprils book prize will be slightly stealth, I’m sure the main protagonists will be keeping watch themselves.

◾Century Challenge February Update

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As  February fades into history, extra day and all, the riders going for the big Ton of Tons are clearly emerging. A group of about 10 riders are consistently battling time and the elements to get at least 2 big rides a week in, some more. The February king, and The Year winner, is Tony Barlow with 13 tons , who right now is enjoying riding in Spain before returning to the UK. Spain like the UK has had some windy stormy periods and unusual frosts so it hasn’t all been easy, but Tony’s nice Litespeed helps him along. Tony himself is an ex heavy smoking big guy who has turned his health around by cycling, and good luck to him for the rest of the years challenge.

Tony Barlow Bike
It’s not about the bike, but it sure helps

We did think that half term would bring a surge in rides, but this coincided with a cold icy snap, instead of volume we saw some quality rides out there.  Kajsa suffered  in the wind and cold despite meeting up with Steve Abraham (who dropped in a recovery 161 miler) for a few rides. In the final week she found her Mojo again, including chasing the Flying Scotsman to Newark, banged in 7 tons to head the table on 27. JP is just matching her at a more regular weekly rate.

Overall Riders top 10 (over 16 is on target for the big 100) The current totals Page

27  Kajsa Tylén
27  Jack Peterson
26  Steve Abraham
22  Ricki Goode (A5R)
20  Tony Barlow
20  Steve Gee
19  Phill Cloke
17  Mike Kelly
15  Richard Karmann
15  Andy C

That’s 6 riders in the 20 Century Hall of Fame already then. Here are a few rides and photos (hope that’s ok people) that got our attention during Feb.

llanberis pass
Toby Willis took this great photo on Llanberis pass during a 150 mile loop

Eric Richardson joins us and goes great guns with a tough 12000ft 140 miler to show some intent.
Rich Karmann riding straight after a nightshift and a quick sleep to maximise the daylight, the start of 3 tons in a row for him, despite some mechanicals.
Not the only one as Paul Buckley set off on a mission at 5.30pm to ride 100 miles before midnight, he made it with minutes to spare. Thats a tough call, and not recommended. If the clock ticks past midnight there is nothing you can do but possibly cry.

We had Dave Powell averaging a cracking 17mph over 8000ft in the cold, and Jamie Andrews with a  Devon/Cornwall coast to coast 156 miler.
Alex Hamilton put in a shivering wet Scottish C2C in under 6 hours, and Mike Kelly grabbed a double Ton riding home from Hunstanton.

Kilhope Cross-snow from stephen Ropbinson
What more can you say. Sums this month up well. Kilhope Cross from stephen Ropbinson

Some big Audax turnouts too: Andy C is still turning in 2 day 300 and 400K rides in his personal challenge. A tough day out in Wales in killer high winds on the Malmesbury Mash 200K for many including Mike Hall now joining YCC.
The Peak 200Km saw many of you struggling too including Audax points champ Mike Lane who will be one to watch in the coming months. Hippy Hippy rode to, and back from the Chiltern Grit audax in rain and high winds at 16.5 mph average, nice one for the double ton
I hope some new friendships are blooming as our YCC group cross paths on rides, always worth a comment on Strava to show support or arrange rides together.

YCC Night ride dedication thanks again to Toby for this

The February Hero ride Kudos can only go to one man. Martian Cioana going for our first triple. Falling short with “only” 267 miles on the same calendar day, the 292 mile trip out and round the South Coast from London, would be epic anytime; but in Febuary, Wow!

Februray Top 5, now who wants that book for March

Tony Barlow 13
Jack Peterson 11
Ricki Goode (A5R) 11
Kajsa Tylén 10
Pete R 10

From now on the totals page might not be updated as quickly as it has so far. It’s the season to start long trips away for weekends, don’t worry we will get there. Keep an eye on the latest update date, and again don’t hesitate to contact us for any missed tons.

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◾Century Challenge week 5

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Kajsa with The Year
Kajsa and her January YCC prize. well done.

Kajsa gets stuck into her book, as seen in this VIDEO. For the weekend she teamed up with Steve A for a couple of wet and wild rides and had a quieter week generally, plenty of time for recovery while reading about record holder Billie.

It started off as a very quiet week but by the weekend the table swelled as 36 separate riders passing the mark.

The wind didn’t stop JP and Tony B grabbing 3 each, and 4 other riders getting 2, Mike K once again in one monumental 200 mile ride. Several riders battled the elements for Audax 200K rides;  Shell and Ricki G at “Straight on at Rosies” with a particularly cruel return back into the teeth of Sat nights gale, while Mike C and Shaun H joined in with a very wet day out of Tewskesbury.

Other rides of note this week:

  • Stephen R  – 10,000 feet of climbing in the windy Howgills
  • Alex H  – A lap of Arron after the ferry over, with a danger of being stranded by the wind
  • Andy L – Loading up a mountain Bike with luggage in preparation for off road multi day adventures
  • PeeJay – Loving the wind so much he went out for 150 miles
  • Steve G – Mr late night battling a headwind to then see it die down removing the helping hand on the return
  • Dave B – Who once again went surfing axle deep floods and riding all day after the soaking

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Top 10 – week 6

24 Steve Abraham
19 Jack Peterson
18 Kajsa Tylén
14 Steve Gee
13 David Kohler
13 Ricki Goode (A5R)
11 Phill Cloke
10 Mike Kelly
10 Tony Barlow
9   Andy C

◾YCC January Round Up

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As we roll into February it’s been great watching our new family of YCC riders as they develop plans, find and no doubt extend their limits. Already a hard core of riders are emerging, those averaging over two a week in all weathers, well on target for a ton of tons.

It was a quiet start to this week, the soul destroying high winds suffered by just a few who ventured out. Kajsa as expected was out every day, but many times cut her rides short, losing the battle.  With a January total of 17 centuries though she is well ahead of her Year Record target, and is justifiably the first recipient of the monthly prize of The Year book. (Steve already has been gifted one by the Author)

Ride patterns are developing, those with mid week daylight available, those cramming double rides in at the weekends, and others like Steve G. How does riding in the evening often starting after 4pm and riding late into the cold Yorkshire night sound, serious hard man.
A very fast double ton from Mike K was very impressive for January at just over 14 hours, while others had even bigger plans. Martian C and James JD showed intent with a midnight start together from London, and had 150 miles in the locker by 2pm. Unfortunately the knee aching hard pedalling that constant rain and headwinds can bring caused them to abandon the ride on the South Coast, we think that ride was going to be a monster.

Several YCC competitors ventured out with the Bristol Audax Club on Saturday on a mass 300Km ride into Wales. The strength of a group ride soon turned against them with no less than 9 puncture stops. Because of the delays riders missed out projected double tons when they rolled over past midnight.  A very wet Sunday was another reason why this week only 35 separate riders added to their totals; Frits VK grabbed a nice century in style with a trip out to Switzerland and a 100 mile lap on the shores of Lake Lausanne.

Tank land

Ride of the week goes to Dave B.  No easy options for Dave, just a nice little mountain bike ride across the chalk downlands of Marlborough and Salisbury Plain. Miles of tracks are churned up by four wheel drives and Army Tanks  as one of his pictures above shows. Good to see YCC is inspiring people to go beyond normal January rides.

January Table for the big scorers, let’s see what February brings. (current status here)
24 Steve Abraham
17 Kajsa Tylén
16 Jack Peterson
13 David Kohler
12 Steve Gee
11 Ricki Goode
10 Phill Cloke
8  Andy C
8  Mike Kelly
8  Richard Barnett
7  James Juneyt Dennis
7  Paul Buckley
7  Richard Karmann
7  Tony Barlow
5  Dave Barter
5  Douglas Aitken

Those over 8 are on course for a ton of tons, in total 89 riders are on the scoreboard if they are targeting one a month.

Don’t forget that the slate is wiped clean for February and riders can only receive the Year book prize once, so keep the Tonnage coming. 

◾Century Challenge Week 3

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The big news of week 3 was the Story of Steve Abraham ending his year mileage record attempt. Despite putting in near 200 mile day rides he was leaving such a big task to regain lost miles that it was not worth continuing. So with 24 centuries so far in January it’s scant reward that he is the first rider entitled to our 20 Ton certificate. Steve joined Strava just for the year record, it would be nice if he continues loading up his rides in future, this guy has done some epic rides of all sorts in the past.

The other challenger for a years high mileage, Kajsa enjoyed a milder week to grab a good solid 5 ton and is drawing a nice trail “web” around the UK so far. Looks like she is going to be the target to chase for this year now. If you haven’t seen any of her V-logs on Facebook I’d recommend them, very entertaining. Kajsa day19

David K completed his superb trip across America coast to coast into Florida giving him an impressive 13 for the year, it’s going to be tough to maintain that start though now he’s back in Scotland. JP is keeping up his good weekly average along with fellow Team Northants rider Ricki as a regional team battle starts to emerge.  Northants vs the Northern lads but watch out for the Bristol lads when they start firing.

Glen Fruin -That's looks like a battle
That’s looks like a battle

The weekend saw the a huge surge in tons in the milder weather with 23 riders putting in a 200 km Audax distance in several different events. The busy two days boosted this weeks total to 53 separate riders over 100 miles. Our ride of the week though goes to Alex H with his cold snowy battle in Glen Fruin.

Totals table so far  LINKY

24 Steve Abraham
15 Kajsa Tylén
14 Jack Peterson
13 David Kohler
10 Steve Gee
9 Ricki Goode (A5R)
8 Phill Cloke
7 Andy C 7
6 James Juneyt Dennis
6 Mike Kelly
6 Richard Barnett
6 Richard Karmann

With at least 6 rides these riders are off to a determined start, well on course for the magic ton of tons. With the sad loss of Steve this does open up the fight to be top dog, and don’t forget our prize of the YEAR BOOK for being the months highest ton grabber.

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