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.
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.
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!
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
The organisers that create the Transcontinental race each year, Mike Hall and Anna have a Justgiving page for their Cycle-a-Difference Vietnam ride. Support these guys as appreciation of the cause and their hard work in creating a great blue dot event.
Mike and Anna are going to put on a low key charity one day event in South Wales, it’ll be about 200-250km with a playful format and maybe some beers and a printing workshop for after. So keep the 24th October free in your diaries.
It would appear there could be a few new ride projects from the TCR crew in the near future so join their mailing list to hear the news first. Transcontinental main site