MFP Classics Challenge – Race of the Falling Leaves

Made the best of a slightly unseasonably sunny day to get a good solid metric century ride in.  As per the typical “Classics Challenge” rides, not only was it a distance challenge, but there were other “spot prize” assignments – Photo Bonuses for pictures of “Autumnal Leaves”, “Roadside Church/Chapel” and “Italian Recovery Food and Drink”

I Couldn’t resist adding in an extra Italian flavour…


(a small Alfa Specialist operating from a Barn near Whitley Bridge)


Falling (well, Fallen) Leaves

Roadside Chapel

Pizza Rustico

Stats for the ride on Strava are here


Wind – From the East? – On a Sunday?

That’s different – complete 180degree direction change to the normal prevailing wind – and blowing something like 15mph, gusting 25.   So – todays typical Sunday spin was very different to the norm.   Usually, it sees me hammering the first 30km in about a hour, then turning and hitting a wall of air.    Today, it was go out and grind for 90 minutes, then turn first across then run with a a side-tail wind for the rest of the ride.    Even looking at the speed plot on Strava, you can see the way the wind was blowing.    Other than a couple of minor 100 yard sectors in the middle of Pontefract, I hit a whole string of Strava “trophies” including 3 proper “top 10’s” and half a dozen PB’s – wind assisted or not, there were times when I felt I was flying!


MFP Vuelta Challenge – Stage 21

Leganés / Parquesur → Madrid 110km

And for the final ride of the 3 week challenge, the weather came in, the wind blew, rain (horizontal) – Much as I love my extended ride on a Sunday, I reverted to yet another Out and Back spin to Snaith.   Frankly, it was quite enough riding for this week!  Not to put too fine a point on it, I’m knackered.   I’m on a couple of strict days off the bike I reckon – may well spend some time decorating the house, and waiting in for delivery of the new toy.

Strava Details Here

MFP Vuelta Challenge – Stage 20

Avilés → Alto de L´Angliru 142km

In view of tomorrows weather being absolute Cock, I decided to do another slightly longer loop again today – I’ve a sneaking suspicion that tomorrow will, at best, be a gentle tool around the short local loop.  Much as I’d LOVE to clear 1000km for the Vuelta Challenge, I can’t see it happening in torrential rain and 20mph winds.   My Mother didn’t raise any TRULY STUPID kids…

Anyway – Strava stuff for today’s ride is here…   another rake of “trophys” and a few PB’s surprisingly enough!

Part way around, the man with the hammer caught up with me, so during my pause for a Clif bar and a drink, I decided to get a photo (well a hipster bullshit Instagram) of the bike as well…


MFP Vuelta Challenge – Stage 19

San Vicente de la Barquera → Oviedo. Alto del Naranco 181km

Decided to do a little longer one today – sort of in celebration of getting all the stuff I wanted to do completed.   It’s been a decent week for moving forwards this week – so what better way to celebrate than moving forwards on the bike for 70km or so…

This route is fast becoming a bit of a favourite, allowing me a bit of a speed-work session, then rounding off with a couple of nice solid uphills to balance it out.

Strava stuff for today is here for anyone desperate enough to want to see how slowly I went up the hills…   Despite having lost over 73kg, gravity really isn’t my friend.