My ride today was nothing too special – a rather foggy, damp and misty run down the cyclepath to Newcastle for lunch at The Cycle Hub. However, down in Swalwell, I clocked up my 5000th kilometer of the year. It was certainly not my best kilometer, being beside one of the feeder rivers into the Tyne at low tide, with muddy banks, and the railings falling into the river. But it was a milestone, and one I’m unlikely to repeat.
We’re now at that time of year when the Dirty Disco is getting dirty again, but this year has been a great year of cycling:
Some of the highlights have been:
- The Hell of the North East arranged by The Cycle Hub.
- Trip to Belgium for the Tour of Flanders.
- Riding the MITIE London Revolution.
- A mad week involving an unofficial London-to-Brighton, and The Virgin Money Cyclone around Northumberland, with a huge bunch of friends.
- Watching the Tour de France in Yorkshire, and then a week later riding Day 1.
- Doing the Etape Pennine (again, and sadly not to run in 2015).
- Riding the Ride London 100, that due to Hurricane Bertha became the Ride London 85.
- Going back to Scotland for a second Coast-to-Coast with Highlands & Islands Adventures. Phenomenal weather.
- Riding the Deloitte Ride Across Britain from Land’s End to John O’Groats, albeit with major knee problems in the middle section.
- Getting back to sensible mountain biking, with excursions to the North Pennines and Kielder.
Looking forward to next year!