#30daysofbiking the story

Posted: May 2, 2016 · By: Dave Elton · Comments: 0
Under: Blog

#30daysofbiking is self-explanatory. 30 days of continuous cycling in the month of April.

Basically it’s a pledge that started in the USA six years ago.

Pledge to ride your bike every day in April and share your adventures online! Hashtag #30daysofbiking. For every 2 pledges, we’re donating $1 to World Bicycle Relief. Help us reach 10,000 pledges in 2016! Around the block works, 100 miles does, too. The distance, destination and donut selections are up to you. Thank you for joining us!

From a personal point of view, I’m driven by these sort of challenges. I have participated in similar themes that I came up with myself in 2014 and 2015.

So here’s the fact figures and story of this years challenge.

My 30 days actually went from 2 April until 1 May.

The Statistics.

  • Total days…30
  • Total hours of riding…70
  • Total kilometers…1424
  • Total elevation…11,107
  • Longest ride…106 km
  • Shortest ride…7 km

The longest and toughest ride.

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Which way now?

That ride took me from Tralee and over the mountain to Castlemaine and beyond. My route was a loop cycle from Milltown to Killorglin, but out via Beaufort towards Caragh lake. The route was mainly on back roads and involved the area I find most challenging to navigate in Kerry. The Kilgobnet/Glencar area. Once beyond Beaufort golf club the area can appear to be a maze of roads. The scenery is diverse, between gentle country lanes, bogland and forest. The whole time you have the shadow of Carrauntoohil looking over you. I have to say that getting into Killorglin for lunch was welcome and the slog back over the mountain to Tralee was challenging.

The Shortest

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Yes just 7 km. That day we had a puncture workshop in the local Meadowlands hotel for a few of the beginners in our cycling club, the Chain Gang.

Thankfully it was an indoors demo as outside was manic. Torrential rain for the whole day. I cycled a slightly longer route home in full water proofs and got home soaked to the skin!

Most enjoyable

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I have to say that I can’t ever remember going out on a cycle and regretting it. So for me most cycles are enjoyable. But the one that sticks out was a few hours spent on my hybrid. I basically did a route I have done countless times before. The difference was the sun was shining, I stopped for a picnic lunch on the sea front in Fenit and ventured down two lanes I haven’t cycled before. These took me onto a beach at poul gorm opposite to banna strand and then onto another beach close by. I have to say it was 38 blissful kilometers with roads and views that we take for granted in these parts!

The comedy ride

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This was actually a difficult ride out to Cordal near Castleisland with a switch back near the Cork border back to Scartaglin. From there it’s a nice riverside spin to Currow and back to Tralee via Currens. As far as I was concerned I had the day to do it and it was a fantastic sunny day. I stopped in Currow for lunch, taking my time over it. I arrived back in Tralee at around 14:20 looking forward to a rest and a cup of tea. Once settled I checked my phone and to my horror saw a reminder to be at an interview in Abbeydorney. Start time 14:20!

Total panic! I couldn’t contact the venue as there was no land line that seemed to be working to the venue. The contact number had been deleted. All I could do was hop back onto the bike(the car is history) and cycle a mad dash from Tralee to Abbeydorney in my gear and try to salvage something. I arrived an hour late but had missed the cut as the interviewing committee had dispersed. At least I managed an apology and some kind of explanation as to my no-show, plus a PR into Abbeydorney. I have to say though I was pretty annoyed with myself!

So in a nutshell that’s the story. Ever thought of trying something similar yourself? Go for it, you won’t regret it!

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