The Year

◾ 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.

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◾ 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 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.