Packed and ready to go. Tonight I will head to Glasgow and meet up with Alister; he heads up Hope for Justice in Scotland. We both then fly to Phnom Penh, arriving Sunday lunchtime and meet up with the rest of the team. Check back regularly for updates and pictures on what is happening. #hfjextreme #hopeforjustice #nomoreslaves
After the fun of the #festive500 and the challenges of keeping my hands warm I spotted Rapha had some of their lobster claw gloves in the sale and so I get to try these out! Will give them a bash over the next few weeks and maybe do a little more of a review then.
Was originally gutted to have missed out on the Tour of the Highlands (TOTH) three day event, but then delighted to be one of the lucky (???) few to get a second chance just before Christmas; so signed up and ready to go. This latest update of some of the route posted on the event Facebook book page gives a really good idea of what my #festive500 was like along with the current daily commute.
Get those winter (nautical) miles in. But stay warm and safe out there. Lots of debris and water on the TOTH roads.
Posted by Tour of the Highlands on Monday, 4 January 2016
More than ever at the moment I am interested in simplifying the cycling kit that we/I ride in. It easy to watch the classics and grand tours and envy the kit they ride in, but there is a practicality in riding on your own or in small groups that does not include team or service cars or Soigneurs handing out food drinks, changes of clothes, new wheels, etc.
Last day! I cannot believe after the first couple of days how much the weather has changed. Overcast but warm and dry, perfect conditions for this time of year though better get my skates on because storm Frank (yes that really is the name of the storm) is heading in. The turnaround in the morning has quickly become a routine; I have shut the side gate so the dog cannot go walkabout much to her disappointment.
So my main target is to try to catch up on the mileage as Boxing day was cut short due to the appalling weather. The hope was that it would be dry and my hands would function for the ride. A quick check of the temperature; 8°C, perfect, quick look outside foggy. Why is it that whatever the forecast there is always a potential complication. So a quick change to the kit and head downstairs.
So yesterday was trash weather and I did not manage a longer ride, so with slightly better weather on the horizon I plan to do a longer run tomorrow that should break the back of this challenge. The main hope with the weather is that it stays dry, the current outlook looks like this: