Tuesday, 24 December 2013

The 2013 Rapha Festive 500

"Theirs not to reason why, theirs but to do and die."  Alfred Lord Tennyson

"If at first, the idea is not absurd, then there is no hope for it" Albert Einstein


500 kilometres between Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve. The worst winds and flooding the Isle of Wight has seen for decades, and the fewest daylight hours to ride in...

We've been here before. Welcome to the Festive 500 2013...


Ride 6: (30/12/2013) - "Finale of Festive Fury"
---- 52.3 Km ---- 737m Elevation Climbed ---- 02:16 Moving Time ---- Strava: Link

The final push in a big week of festive miles. The weather hasn't always been on our side, but it has been a great week of riding, with a huge amount of variety and a lot of laughs... bring on next year!


Ride 5: (29/12/2013) - "Festive Mud Fest" (Mountain Bikes)
----70.5 Km ---- 1,007m Elevation Climbed ----04:06 Moving Time ---- Strava: Link

Sheet ice stopped play this morning and we called an abort on the 200+ Kilometre ride planned over to the New Forest. Instead we drove home, hung up the skinny tyres and brought out the mountain bikes to go and rack in some muddy miles...



Ride 4: (28/12/2013) - "Let's go Kilo Munching"
---- 110.1 Km ---- 1,654m Elevation Climbed ---- 04:01 Moving Time ---- Strava: Link

"All great discoveries are made by people whose feelings run ahead of their thinking." C. H. Oakhurst


Ride 3: (26/12/2013) - "A day without sunshine is like, you know, night." Steve Martin
---- 111.2 Km ---- 1,416m Elevation Climbed ---- 04:15 Moving Time ---- Strava: Link

"Dawn was breaking like the light from another world..." Alfred Jarry


Ride 2: (25/12/2013) - "The best way out is always through" Robert Frost
---- 60.8 Km ---- 811m Elevation Climbed ---- 02:21 Moving Time ---- Strava: Link

I shall be telling this with a sigh
  Somewhere ages and ages hence: 
    Two roads diverged in a wood, and I— 
      I took the one less travelled by, 
        And that has made all the difference. Robert Frost


Ride 1: (24/12/2013) - "I think this is going to be a bit wet" Francis Moore
---- 79.6 Km ---- 1,076m Elevation Climbed ---- 03:25 Moving Time ---- Strava: Link


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