300 Rides

I’ve now done 300 rides on my trusty Scott Addict, bought second hand two and a half years ago. I’ve blogged about it (him) before (here), but I thought that I would blog again as I’ve reached a good milestone.

300 rides is about 2-3 rides every week, although he does get used more in the winter as my Principia, even after 17 years, is my summer bike (here). Back to my Scott, and my Eddington scores are 67 miles and 91 km. If you don’t know what Eddington scores are you can read about it here and here. My longest continuous ride was 323 km when I was training for a triple ironman (here), although I managed further during the triple with a few hours sleep.

The hilliest ride was when I had an unsuccessful Everesting attempt, where I made it 7200m of climbing. Monsoon conditions, numb hands and a puncture ended my attempt, although you can read about my other Everesting attempts here and here.

My total mileage in 13,500 miles, which works out at 45 miles per ride, which isn’t too bad, especially as my commuting bike works out at less than 8 miles per ride. Climbing works out at 695m per ride, which again isn’t too bad as I spent a year riding on the flat lands of Hull.

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Final pointless statistic is that I’ve received on average 56 kudos per ride, making my Scoot my most kudos’d bike.

So, here’s to the next 200 rides as I’ll blog about him once again when I reach 500.

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Segments x 100

One thing I like about Veloviewer is the segment analysis page, which also lets me know that I’ve done over 12,000 different segments. I can also sort them by how many times I’ve done them. I have now done 99 segments 100 times or more.

After ten months of commuting to and from Wigan, there are now five segments in the area that I’ve done 100 times. I’ve attempted the ‘Ince Park’ segment 104 times, although it isn’t too exiting.

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Due to traffic and being on my commuting bike I’m nowhere near the top of the leader board, but that OK.

The segment that I’ve done the most times is still ‘Dallas Road Pothole Dash’, with 529 times, although the last time I did it was May last year, so it might not stay at the top too much longer.

The segment that I’ve done that has been done by the most people is ‘Embankment Bridge to Waterloo Bridge’ with over 25,000 different athletes having done it. I remember a few years ago being exited when a segment had been done by over 1,000 different people. If it’s not on Strava it didn’t happen 🙂

The Squarepocalypse

June 17th 2017 will go down in history as the day of the squarepocalypse.

What?

This only means something if you use Veloviewer, and like to keep track of your explorer score. I’ve blogged about how much I enjoy the explorer score function and my maximum explorer square here.

Last week Veloviewer had a tweak with the algorithms, making everything more accurate. The result is that my total number of squares that I have visited went down from 6265 to 5816, and my maximum explorer square from 15×15 to 12×12. The Veloviewer blog explains all of the reasons behind this change, and how it works here. Interestingly a couple of squares which I now haven’t visited are located only a couple of miles away, so they will be easy to add, others not so much.

Thankfully last week I was touring Scotland with my beautiful wife, adding another 500 new explorer squares, taking me above my previous score of 6265. Additionally, Veloviewer has added a maximum Cluster score. This is explained far better than I ever could on the Explorer Square blog, here.

The image below is my maximum cluster of 597 tiles.

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Increasing the size of this will probably be easier than trying to enlarge my maximum explorer square, and if I add those two squares nearby it should add another 5 or 6 to my cluster score, which I will try to do in the next week.

Veloviewer Explorer Max Square

I’ve been a big fan of Veloviewer for many years, but for me one of the most exciting features was the introduction of the Explorer Score (almost up to 6000). The obvious extension was to see what your maximum explorer square is. This was introduced a couple of years ago, and when I first noticed it, I had a few 9 x 9 squares in the Lancaster/Preston area.

At the time I was living in Hull, so I then made an effort to increase my square there. It took a while, but eventually I reached 12 x 12. This involved cycling and running down more than a couple of dead ends and farm tracks. To get bigger would be a struggle with the Humber Estuary to the south and an army barracks to the north east. There was the potential to increase it to the west, but before I could I moved back to Lancaster.

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After a few months I had managed to reach 14 x 14, which again involved dead ends and even cycling through a caravan park near the coast. I also cycled out to a farm with my running shoes and crossed a couple of fields just to add one more square. From here it would be again difficult to increase the size, due to private land without a single path or track, and also the sea to the west.

Recently I noticed that I could potentially obtain a larger square stretching from Fleetwood to Preston. Half a dozen rides later during December and January and I am now the proud owner of a 15 x 15 maximum explorer square. I had to cycle down more dead ends and caravan parks, and even a dual carriageway.

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Once again I am limited to how far I can extend it, with sea to the north west and to the south Preston Sewage Treatment Works. To the north east there are a whole range of tracks that would be great for cycling….

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…but, no access. I could possibly run or walk, or even cycle at 3am. There is a chance that I could get to 16 x 16, as I only need another 7 squares, but with the Ribble Estuary any more will be virtually impossible for me.

The approximate distance from one side to the other is only 20km, so imagine how larger the largest maximum square of 60 x 60 is. Somewhere in excess of 80km I guess. There was a thread on Facebook where people were describing what they had done to obtain new squares, including Fat Biking across a frozen lake and being turned away by gunpoint from army sites.

For now I think I’m done trying to extend my max square, but maybe one day I could canoe across the Ribble?

2016 – End of year review

December

Before I give you run down on 2016, a quick re-cap on December. I completed another 9 Strava challenges, taking my total to 272. I also added 67 more explorer tiles, 140 new segments and completed the Lancaster parkrun once.

2016

So what did I do in 2016. I managed 17 races/events, which surprised me, and it did include a continuous triple ironman (blog entry coming soon), 4 sportives and 11 parkruns.

Distance wise, VeloViewer once again comes up trumps.

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It wasn’t the highest total for cycling, but it was for running, even with hardly running in the last couple of months. Over the year I also rode 8 different bikes:

  • Brompton (borrowed) 126km
  • Fuji 164km
  • Trek Cobia (sold) 227km
  • Colnago (given away) 501km
  • Trek 920 645km
  • Principia 763km
  • Forme 2618km
  • Scott 11149km

Most of my miles have been done on my Scott, which is in for a much needed service next week at The Edge Cycleworks in Lancaster. Next year I vow to ride my Fuji and Principia more. I have new tri bars for the fuji and will attempt to set it up more comfortably.

One measure that I love is the explorer score, which shows new places that I’ve been, and has gradually increased over the year.

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Some more interesting cumulative stats from my years on Strava:

  • Kudos; 2012 – 61, 2013 – 1591, 2014 – 5234, 2015 – 15150, 2016 – 40273.
  • Explorer; 2012 – 1402, 2013 – 2624, 2014 – 3938, 2015 – 5096, 2016 – 5932.
  • Maximum explorer square; 2012 – 6×6, 2013 – 9×9, 2014 – 9×9, 2015 – 12×12, 2016 – 14×14.

Plans for 2017:

  • Increase my explorer score, and take my max square to 15×15 or more.
  • Ironman UK. Not sure how that happened.
  • More photos, stopping more often to look at the views.
  • Make the most of every day.
  • Support my beautiful wife as she attempts to swim 50 miles and run 500 miles in 2017.
  • Achieve 300 Strava challenges.
  • Blog once a week, and maybe even blog about last years triple 🙂

Here’s wishing you all a great 2017. Keep on keeping on.

A bit more Eddington

The brilliant VeloViewer not only calculates your Eddington score in miles, it also does it for km, climbing and time, as well as being able to filter it by year. As I mentioned in my previous post, my Eddington score for miles has reached 100, but for km’s it is up to 135, so I have completed 135 rides of at least 135km, not too bad. Time wise my score is at 235 minutes, which shows how much I cycle, if I’ve done 235 rides that have been almost 4 hours in length, or how slow I am.

Climbing is a bit more tricky, so VeloViewer has made each step 20m, so I have now completed 85 rides with 1640m of elevation.

Yearly, 2014 was my biggest year with scores of 64 miles, 86 km and 1100m (55 rides) for climbing.

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As you can see there isn’t a great deal of difference in the last four years by the middle of May, but gradually 2014 pulls ahead. Elevation wise 2015 was the lowest with 760m (38 rides), which I have almost overtaken already in 2016. This is what happens when you spend a year living in the flat lands of Hull and then move back to hilly Lancaster.

Currently there is a tough climbing challenge on Strava, so my climbing score for 2016 will increase, but I’m not sure if I’ll achieve 1000m like I did in 2013 and 2014.

More ramblings soon.

Eddington score

Yesterday I managed to reach the milestone of 100 miles for my Eddington score. Some of you may know what this is, but for the rest of you it means that I have managed to complete one hundred rides of 100 miles. Quite an achievement, but what makes the Eddington score so addictive is that it gets exponentially harder.

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For example, a score of 10 miles requires only 10 rides of 10 miles, and a score of 50 miles requires 50 rides of 50 miles, but for myself the road is steep from here on. To obtain a score of 110 miles I will require an additional 51 rides of at least 110 miles. This is because I set myself a target of 100 miles, and therefore on many occasions, once I had cycled 100 miles I didn’t feel the need to continue. Steve Abraham, on the other hand, has a score of over 200 miles due to his attempt on the world distance record in 2015. It is highly unlikely that I will ever get a score that high, but maybe in a couple of years I will reach 110 miles or higher.

Note: Eddington image is a screenshot from the excellent Strava add-on site Veloviewer, well worth the £10 a year premium membership.