Photo Blog - The Festive 500 CX
The Festive 500 starts again. They say that life begins at the end of your comfort zone; that seems apt with this yearly challenge in mind.
This year, I'm attempting to complete just the 500 kilometres (rather than 500 miles that I undertook last year). However, my target is to do it all on a cyclocross bike, with as much off-road riding as possible. This is the #Festive500CX.
Festive 500 CX Ride 7 - Short but sweet, end of year finale
65 kilometres. 1,069 metres elevation. 2 hours 40 minutes.
|Fog over Military Road|
|Lifted toward the end of the ride|
|Sunshine to end the year|
Festive 500 CX Ride 6 - Festive commutes
78 kilometres. 683 metres elevation. 3 hours 10 minutes.
|A rest day in work. Book-ended with two great winter rides.|
Festive 500 CX Ride 5 - The 9 Roads to Nowhere181 kilometres. 3,014 metres elevation. 7 hours 54 minutes.
An epic ride to the lighthouses, coastguard cottages and radar stations of the Isle of Wight.
- Rew Lane, Wroxall (Stenbury Down)
- Down Lane, Ventnor (St. Boniface Down)
- Crocker Lane, Niton (St. Catherine's Down)
- St. Catherine's Lighthouse, Niton (Blackgang)
- Chillerton Radar Station, Shorwell (Chillerton Down)
- Rowridge Radar Station, Carisbrooke (Apes Down)
- Needles Coastguard Station, Totland (Tennyson Down)
- St. George's Lane, Newport (St. George's Down)
- Culver Fort, Bembridge (Culver Down)
An incredible day on the bike; with some great friends - old and new.
|Big Day Out!|
|Early start at Ryde Esplanade|
|Atop the first climb to Ventnor Down radar station|
|Every road seemed to have a silver lining on this ride|
|Climb 2: Down Lane Radar Station|
|Road 4 of 9 - Down to St. Catherine's Lighthouse|
|Café stop at Chale Green Stores|
|The weather couldn't have been better - wall to wall sunshine throughout the day|
|A beautiful sunset, to end a stunning day on the bike|
|The final climb of the day - Culver Down|
|Handing out 'Get me Home' Gels at the top of Culver Down|
|Job done. Time to ride home for tea.|
Short film of Alan Rowe's ride
Festive 500 CX Ride 4 - Bike change. Shakedown ride in the setting sun64 kilometres. 900 metres elevation. 2 hours 50 minutes.
|It's taken me a while to get this bike dialled in. It feels spot on now though.|
|Exploring fallen roads in the fading light|
|No Festive Filters required here|
Festive 500 CX Ride 3 - 2k Ascent
110 kilometres. 2,003 metres elevation. 5 hours 35 minutes.
|Deserted winter trails. Perfection.|
|In search of up, and dry singletrack.|
|Fields of green|
|Festive Fuel Stop. Mince Pie Crumble Cake!|
|Love where you ride. I Love Wight.|
|Ticking over 2,000 off-road metres climbed|
|Sundown on Sandown Bay|
|Dog chase. Ended in crash. Ripped tights. Bummer.|
|Setting sun. Head for home. Quite tired now. No Bull.|
Festive 500 CX Ride 2 - Christmas 'Crossing68 kilometres. 907 metres elevation. 3 hours 2 minutes.
|Sandy singletrack to start the ride|
|More tubeless mishaps. Beginning to think my sealant is faulty.|
|My attempt to avoid the mud, did not work|
|Fuel for the fire. Christmas Yule Logs.|
|After two punctures, I had run out of spare tubes and time. Tarmac retreat in the sunshine.|
Festive 500 CX Ride 1 - Earth. Wind. Water.
102 kilometres. 1,665 metres elevation. 5 hours 13 minutes.
|Overcast skies and deserted trails|
|Bar Fly Rainfly Mudguard. Still going strong. (Review here)|
|Empty downland. Peeping sunshine.|
|Through the gateway|
|Double tubeless blow-out. Balls.|
|Quota ridden. Feet splattered. Loving the Vaude Termatic RC boots for winter riding|