The pedal home last night was even more remarkable considering the majority of it is uphill and I have to fight the good fight through Birmingham City Centre and Selly Oak. 13 minutes quicker than average! I got home in 45 minutes feeling exhilarated! The hills were blasted up and Cock Hill is owned! Apologies for the yoof speak there...
But if you consider back in October last year when I first started pedalling the whole way to and from work I was doing the journey home in 1 hour 15 minutes you'll see why I'm pretty pleased.
I'll post some footage later when I've checked it out to see if any is worth posting.
This morning I decided to ride a longer route in.
As you can see it's a tad longer with what felt like a lot of climbing, Mucklow Hill was especially a bastard. My neck is aching a bit, but if after 44 miles in 2 days on my new road bike that's all that's aching then I'll take that. My legs are feeling it a bit too, but that's to be expected. Maybe in hindsight I should have used my other planned 20 mile route in taking in the east side of Brum. It's a lot less hilly! The ride in was an hour and 15 minutes by the way.
So, I have decided, I am now very happy with my secondary form of bicycle. Road riding is fun, quick and the way forward for commuting and weight loss. But it'll never replace MTBing in my heart. Sorry all you roadies out there!
Footage as promised of my journey home via Birmingham City Centre. It's just of the bit from Heath Street in Smethwick until the Bristol Road towards Selly Oak. It gives a bit of an indication of traffic at about 1530hrs.
I've also chucked in this footage of Priory Road, through Selly Oak to the Outer Circle traffic lights. The 2 videos posted are the bits that my Canal ride miss out.