Monday, 14 March 2011

Useful Site For Bristol Bikers

I came across this cycling web site today and it seems quite a good resource if a little hard to navigate around. There seems to be lots of information there if you delve a bit deeper. I've just ordered some free cycling maps and it's reassured me that we should be able to get our bikes on the train next weekend as we head for Barnstaple.

Saturday, 12 March 2011

I've Always Wanted To Cycle To Work...

...but I didn't quite expect it to be this far. Cycling from Yatton (where I live) to Avonmouth (where I work) is just over 15 miles going on the National Cycle Route Network. It's a pretty good ride and you only have to cycle on the motorway bridge for a short distance! I used to cycle the route the opposite way when I lived in Bristol and I know the section out to Portishead pretty well.

Some of the route is cycle path (you cycle around all the cars they store by the docks) and the rest is on very quiet roads. Today is the third time I've done it and the 30 mile round trip is certainly getting easier but I wouldn't want to do it every day. I thought it would be good training for the coast to coast and get the miles in my legs. Hey, if I've got to work on a Saturday I might as well turn it in to some leisure time.

I have to say there are a few people who cycle the route, probably more later in the day (I have to set off at 7.30am) and they all look a bit more geared up for the trip. Last week when it was freezing when I set off (literally I think) I didn't have any glasses and I had to pull my fingers back in as my fingerless gloves offered very little protection. Still you know what they say, all the gear, no idea...

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Anyone up for going to the Brighton game?

Only thing is you've got to cycle there, from Huddersfield, 260 miles away. I have to say I don't fancy it but one of my friends does, Michael is cycling from Huddersfield to Brighton to watch the mighty Terriers take on Brighton who sit 3rd and 1st in League One respectively. Such a big game is bound to mean nothing by the time it gets to April 30th but it won't to 170 pairs of weary legs who are making the trip in the name of charity.

Michael's aim is to raise £1000 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, I'll let him explain:

The event has been organised through Huddersfield Town Football Club in association with the clubs ‘Keep It Up’ Campaign which is a three year fund raising initiative for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance – All funds raised will go towards the YAA. 

Yorkshire Air Ambulance 
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a lifesaving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. We fly seven days a week, 365 days a year, covering a vast landscape that not only includes major cities and motor ways, but also rural and isolated locations. 

To keep providing this life saving service the charity needs to raise £7,200 per day to keep both of Yorkshire’s Air Ambulances maintained and in the air. The generosity that we receive is the life blood of the charity and without this generosity; we would not be able to provide the service that we are so proud of. 

I am sure you will all agree that this really is a fantastic cause. Therefore I have an ambitious fundraising target of £1,000 – I would be extremely grateful if you would be kind enough to support me in achieving this target and ultimately support the life-saving work the YAA carries out, please visit 

Thank you in advance for your support, 


Good luck Mike.