Progress so far...

June 30th 2009 - 22 stone 4Ibs. Current weight - 17 stone 1Ib. Weight loss - 5 stone 3Ibs. Commuting miles - 3389.
Non commuting miles - 359. Mileage this week - 101 miles. Total mileage - 3748 miles.

Thursday, 28 January 2010

A Polka Dot jersey for my birthday yesterday!

We all have small moments when doing something like this that class as little victories or huge morale boosters. Yesterday, coincidentally on my 46th Birthday I had one of those moments.

Not that I see many cyclists on my commute, probably about 1 or 2, and I've never seen any cyclists on NCR5 over the years, but usually if they're not going in the opposite direction, they're overtaking me at a rate of knots.

My big moment came yesterday, Robert Millar eat your heart out, powering along the A38 Bristol Road yesterday evening up the hill towards Northfield I spied in the distance a fellow cyclist, and amazingly I saw I was in fact reeling in him. So Sunshine, you're mine I thought, (not that I'm competitive at all you understand), travelling at near terminal velocity I was stamping on my pedals for all I was worth and on the uphill I powered past the poor unfortunate. I kept the pressure on up the rest of the drag into Northfield and broke him, I never saw him again. Yeeeha! Who's the man?!

Actually, what happened is on film below...

But it's my story, my overtake and was my birthday yesterday so I'll remember it like I told it!

Now where's that Polka Dot Jersey?

I also yesterday brought a new Camelbak and a Helly Hansen Base layer using my Birthday money.


  1. Nice one! I dont get much chance for overtaking either, so its always a great feeling. I keep hearing good things about these camelbacks are they good?

  2. I had one of the originals back in the day which I started using again on my off road ventures recently, trouble was the bladder had got all sorts of penicilin like stuff growing inside it which no amount of cleaning, scrubbing, bleaching or Miltons would shift. For offroading I think they're the dog's nads mate.

  3. Nice one!!
    (Laughing my socks off at the up-hill bit though.)

  4. Everything is relative my dear Red...

  5. Ha ha!
    Well done :) and happy birthday

  6. Happy birthday......we are all competative.....

  7. Loving it, great overtake, it is nice to get past someone, watch your back next time though he maybe gunning for you...

    Keep the blogs up, you're keeping me going with enthusiasm, I'm seeing so much of Dartmoor and the areas on the outskirts of Plymouth every night after work.

  8. Happy birthday! That hill does indeed looks steep, anyone that says otherwise is obviously too stoopid to factor in the, er, camera angle and ,er, freaky lighting conditions which make it look, er, flat.

    Use a Camelbak Rogue (the "clones" aren't as good) for off-road but bottles (Camelbak Podiums which are ace) on road.

  9. Happy Birthday mate, and great work on that "hill" climb, "You Da Man" as the kids might say :-)