Author Topic: #Festive500  (Read 1906 times)

JonB

  • Granny Ring ... Yes Please!
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #25 on: December 30, 2018, 10:00:56 pm »
Completed yesterday,

Xmas eve - 65km loop, Bristol - Wotton Under Edge
Boxing Day - 125km loop, Bristol - Raglan - Monmouth - Bristol
27th Dec - 207km DIY audax, Bristol - Lambourn Downs
29th Dec - 109km loop, Bristol - Melksham

That's five of these completed and up to now, the biggest challenge has been the weather but this year has been about as good as it gets for winter cycling.  I still enjoy it and find it a good challenge, mixing it in with the family commitments and sometimes the challenges that the weather brings.

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #26 on: December 31, 2018, 09:27:55 am »
Finished my #festive500 yesterday with a 219km audax, the Chalke and Cheese perm with it's impressive climb up Cheddar Gorge. I use the word "impressive" quite loosely as it had gone 7 o'clock so it was pretty dark!  Video will follow tomorrow probably; back at work today... barely keep my eyes open  8)
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #27 on: December 31, 2018, 12:30:16 pm »
I hit the buffers of apathy on Friday so my total following my short commute home from work later today will be just over 300km.

Interesting exercise, its reminded me that a ~15k ride is do-able at lunchtime weekdays, but without a ride of at least 200km its difficult for me to fit in as much as 500km over the 8 days when I only have Christmas Day and Boxing day as non work days in addition to weekends. 

However, Ive been reminded how much "just going for a bike ride" is very enjoyable, and its allowed me to test out different types of lights/clothing etc  :thumbsup: 

If I bend the roolz beyond breaking point to cover the period starting 7am on 22.12.18 I am over 500km!   :P :P)



   

Karla

  • car(e) free
    • Lost Byway - a Pacific bike ride
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #28 on: December 31, 2018, 12:49:34 pm »
Finished.  I'm on 597 and am tempted to go out and do the extra 3 km, bit then this hotel room is warm and I have food.

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #29 on: December 31, 2018, 11:48:37 pm »
Did a stupid thing and completed the 500 with 148km today, mostly during my return from work. Lots of diddling about in suburban darkness near home to get the distance but also wandered past Heathrow T5. I don't think I'll bother doing that sort of thing again.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #30 on: January 01, 2019, 09:25:09 am »
Veloviewer tile-chasing rides of 90, 160 and 140k on Thursday, Friday and Saturday broke the back of the challenge for me.  I did 60k on a MTB Orienteering event on Sunday and a 10k 'recovery ride' to pick up a takeaway in the evening.  This just left a 40k loop to finish it off yesterday.

As others have pointed out - the weather has been ridiculously good for the time of year and it was far easier than usual to get out of the door.  The tile-chasing also helped my motivation as it added purpose* to the rides and it didn't feel like just riding for the sake of it.



*Yes - I know!

zigzag

  • unfuckwithable
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #31 on: January 01, 2019, 10:51:59 am »
ended up with 750km this time, it was probably the easiest festive500 so far (in se england) due to favourable weather - not a drop of rain and temperatures were always positive. loving this little incentive to get outside more in winter.

parkysouthlondon

  • The only way is UP
    • SWRC FB
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #32 on: January 01, 2019, 12:32:42 pm »
My Rapha #Festive500 completed for the forth year in a row. Not a difficult as previous years due to the warm and dry weather.

Day 1 Looking for VeloViewer tiles around Guildford.
Day 4 Ride to Stan’s Shack.
Day 6 Hub Vélo gravel ride along the Thames (best ride)
Day 8 Long ride around club sportive course

South Western Road Club
2019 events  l  HT550  | P-B-P(no.3)  l  TPRNo1

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #33 on: January 01, 2019, 11:38:08 pm »
First time taking part in the Festive 500, and oh yeah, such favourable weather this year; thoroughly enjoyed every minute.  It was great to bundle it into a holiday away from home as well; so did lots of sight seeing and climbed some pretty gruelling climbs - especially in Cornwall!

DAY 1 /// Boxing Day - Cornwall - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlBC1IoGtm0
DAY 2 /// 27th - Cornwall - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyfhInxh8h0&t=4s
DAY 3 /// 29th - Cornwall - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cwioZxx8rRI&t=7s
DAY 4 /// 30th - Cheddar Gorge, Somerset - 200km Audax - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KeZ1vZfgsWI
Frequent Audax and bike ride videos:

https://www.youtube.com/user/djrikki2008/videos

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #34 on: January 02, 2019, 12:01:58 pm »

For those of you who completed, how many of you are opting to get the physical badge? I've decided I want the badge to add to my collection, but will also be making a personal donation to World Bike Relief, so getting the best of both worlds.

What are others planning?

J
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Beer, bikes, and backpacking
http://b.42q.eu/

LittleWheelsandBig

  • Whimsy Rider
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #35 on: January 02, 2019, 12:11:38 pm »
Same, I like collecting Boy Scout badges.
Wheel meet again, don't know where, don't know when...

Re: #Festive500
« Reply #36 on: January 02, 2019, 11:16:29 pm »
Has anyone tried the no-Strava claim option? I linked to FFF500 results but Rapha website won't accept it as valid.

quixoticgeek

  • Mostly Harmless
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #37 on: January 18, 2019, 10:46:48 pm »

For those who have completed the festive 500 in previous years, how long does it normally take for Rapha to send out the badge?

Just wondering when I need to start checking my mailbox.

J
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Beer, bikes, and backpacking
http://b.42q.eu/

parkysouthlondon

  • The only way is UP
    • SWRC FB
Re: #Festive500
« Reply #38 on: January 18, 2019, 10:49:26 pm »
Sometime around mid February if my memory is correct  :-\
South Western Road Club
2019 events  l  HT550  | P-B-P(no.3)  l  TPRNo1