With only 96 days until the Rae Rae Trust Mablethorpe Charity Bike Ride the time has come to start building up the training mileage to ensure everyone is ready to undertake the challenge ahead. This weekend the lads embarked on a 50 mile ride which took in a variety of terrains of which they will experience on the actual bike ride event in August. This was a tough ride with the windy conditions and a variety of tricky paths, trails and canal side paths including grass, stone and mud.
Returning from the ride on back roads with plenty of energy sapping hills and then back into Milton Keynes and finishing along the Redway tracks. Some of the toughest sections of the ride were on the canal paths with average speeds of just 8.5 miles per hour along very tricky grassy tracks, with the first two days along canal tracks these could be long days for the lads!
In total the ride took just over 4 hours in the saddle with an average speed of 12.4 miles per hour and nearly 3000 calories burned. Starting the higher millage rides has brought home just how much of a challenge the Team Rae Rae riders have ahead of them when they undertake the main event of 240 miles over 3 days from Milton Keynes to Mablethorpe in August.
Below you can see a map of the circular training ride which started along the canal paths and returned on the back roads to Milton Keynes.
Check out some of the images from the ride.
View of the grass canal side path not nice to ride along so lets hope there is not too much of this.
Bridge over the canal with sign to the Red Lion 🙂
A bit of Bird Watching – Swans next to the canal along the route
A Canal Side Pub, these will provide a welcome rest stop during the days of the main event
Nice to have some signs to guide us in the right direction
Loch No 13 along the route was Puttenham Bottom
Some stunning places to be spotted along the route back to Milton Keynes. This is near Mentmore Towers.