◾ 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.


◾Bikepacking Luggage Comparison

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Any excuse to use the best photograph I ever took again

Gone are the days when you either made your own luggage or waited for the post from Revelate Designs over in Alaska to see how much duty you had to pay to the customs leeches. New manufacturers seems to appear daily and it can be a tough decision to decide what best suits your needs.

Tim Moss has put together this brilliant list of all the kit he has found, including a huge filterable spread sheet containing sizes and weights check out Comparison of Bikepacking Bags

While on the subject here’s a Bikepacking.com extensive review of top tube bags and Stem mounted bags you should find a review of almost every product on their site.

◾ 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

◾Race to The Rock story

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Fancy 2,300 off-road self-supported Australian outback kilometres from Adelaide in the south to Ayers Rock / Uluru for 2017.

Check out Gunther Desmedt’s story of The Race to the Rock 2016 (check out the rest of his blog too)

◾Japanese Odyssey a picture story

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A pictorial account of the 2016 Japanese Odyssey from Carlos Lazer to maybe peak your interest for 2017; as long as you don’t mind the rain 😉

Carlos story of his 15 day trip

Also check this interview out with rider Simon Wile

◾Chris Phillips wins Trans Afrika

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Chris Phillips wins the Trans Afrika in 11 days 17 hours and 41 minutes. Described by the organiser as an awesome ride  in some of the toughest weather conditions they have seen. He arrived in Cape town Yesterday after battling several days of high winds during the race.

The winner
Chris happy to see table mountain :Photo Andy Masters

So if you fancy this adventure for 2017 go to TransAfrika and start planning. Kenny Fagan is the next rider due in, The live tracking page is here.