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.
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.
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.
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:
- The YCC Strava Group you must belong too
- The 2017 Totals page
- The 2017 Rules and details
- The Facebook Group page
- YCC on Twitter @100mileriders
- The 2016 Totals page
- The YCC Roll of Honour
- The Year Book only 0.99p on Kindle to download here
- Mail: BlueDotRiders@gmail.com.
- YCC Archive posts
- How it all started in 2016
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.