◾ 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.

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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.

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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.

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Kev C self supported down under
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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.

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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 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.

If you have any stories to share for this update slot then please contact us

◾Century Challenge Week 2

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The week the Ice and snow finally appeared across the UK. It certainly hit the ton up hopefuls as only 25 riders recorded the magic 100 compared to the 39 of week 1.

David Kohler from Edinburgh joined the challenge as he rides across America. unfortunate for him he’s coming to the end of his coast to coast epic in Miami but gained 5 tons this week. A weekly total shared with Kajsa who showed true grit in keeping up her daily mileage tally.

Kajsa starting her epic Year in the Saddle as YCC joined her
Kajsa starting her epic Year in the Saddle

Andy C as part of his Super Randoneur challenge per month (Super Randonneur is AUK’s, “traditional award for the top 10% of hardened night-riders. Ride a series of 200, 300, 400 & 600km all in one season) does his 600K ride.
This is a good illustration of the daily mileage rules, his 374 mile ride only gets him 2 centuries, one per day.

He wasn’t the only big rider though, Steve A, James JD, Paul B and Jon K all put in epics, the latter three in the aptly named “Willy Warmer” Audax.
We hearing of many targets for the year, at least four riders have the Ton of Tons as their objective, while many are happy to aim for one a month. Remember twenty centuries will gain you a certificate from YCC if you like mementos.

Another notable ride was from Dave B our first recorded ton on a mountainbike, he still managed to hit the ground hard on ice though luckily without injury. Keep safe out there, there’s plenty of the year to go.

Century leader board so far after week 2

21 Steve A
11 Jack P
10 David K
9   Kajsa T
7   Steve Gee
6   James JD
6   Phill C
6   Ricki G

And don’t forget out new team category formed after a few requests from club riders.
Teams of 3 will have their totals added together for the year. Send us your Team name and 3 selected riders (in the YCC group) to bluedotriders@gmail.com. We would like to see some (however loose) association between riders.
NOTE: Don’t choose Steve Abraham, that’s just not playing fair, he’s a solo player to the core. The challenge is on to see if a team can beat this solo machine riding his bike full time.

◾The YEAR Century Challenge is off and running

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As the bells rang out to take us into 2016, it also signalled the re-birth of the Yearly Century Challenge in the UK.

How keenly was this going to be contested, well one rider set out on the roads at 00:01 and went on to complete the first century of the year! Another braved the icy Jan 1st roads at 2am and went on to record our first double century of the year, Bravo; Steve Abraham followed suit just before that first day ended play with a double too.

Friday Jan 1st ended with eight riders getting their name on the board, and once the holiday weekend was complete we had a total of Forty Four riders claiming at least one Ton, we have a competition going here guys, brilliant.

Steve Abraham and Jack Peterson had amassed 4 apiece, probably the only time anyone will match Steve on his quest for the Year mileage record.

Four other riders had put in two tons.
Paul Buckley grabbing a commendable very wet double and Phill Cloke did two separate rides.
Kajsa Tylén chasing the ladies Yearly mileage World record had a great start to her campaign with two strong 100 mile rides, while Dave Barter the author of the YEAR BOOK led by example with two tons also.

Week 1

As the difficult return to work after the Christmas layoff started, we watched to see how many weekday tons would be surfacing.  The answer was plenty. Kajsa and Steve riding every day was expected, but others kept coming in. Some working round and extending the daily commute, while one London Cycle courier Doug seemed to be keen to grab that last job to push him into the century zone.

Jack Peterson put in another four around work, and Steve Gee three, but they were no match for Steve. His eight for the week will be disappointing for his mileage record totals though, he just can’t get the 200 miles a day he so desperately needs.

The totals can be found here: YCC Table so far and don’t forget to follow and share your experiences with us on  https://twitter.com/100mileriders or use the hashtag #100milerides

For extra fun we have also started a team competition for fun. For this its just the three riders totals added together for the year. Grab two other riders from your club, or friends and email the details to BlueDotRiders, don’t forget a team name too. It would be interesting to see if any Team can compete with Steve’s total by August.

13 Steve Abraham
8 Jack Peterson
5 Steve Gee
4 Kajsa Tylén
4 Paul Buckley
4 Phill Cloke
4 Ricki Goode (A5R)

If you have any stories to tell in your tons quest, or if we miss your rides, please drop us a mail  BlueDotRiders, and Good Luck.