|The RAF Badger DIY Perm (209k)|
This was the first time I had rode a DIY event using a 'virtual' brevet. Traditionally, I always rode with a printed brevet card. There are pro's and con's with both. Geekily, I liked to keep my printed brevets as they were like real hard copies or proofs on the audax events I cycled. I guess, in this 'Save the World era', it's important to not use paper where it's not required and 'virtual' seems to be a sensible solution. Having a virtual brevet and using my GPX track route meant I didn't have to stop so frequently and buy stuff to get receipts to prove my passage. Audax is a simple and complicated 'thing' at the same time.
Anyways, back to my ride. I left Studley after a nice hot cup of tea with the Mrs and instantly felt the cold (freezing) chill in the air as I set off towards Broadway. My usually super bright Revo Exposure Dynamo light was not so bright as I headed out into the dark. This was because I had recently gotten a Sinewave USB charging device and connected it's wires to that of the light (pigs back cabling in effect). I unplugged a device (battery charger) from the Sinewave and aces, my light was super powerful once more. Not sure how cold it really was, however, ice was forming on the top of my helmet. Brr.
I didn't stop at my first control in Broadway, as I didn't need to. No proof of passage (save my GPX track) was required. One bonus of this new virtual world. Cleeve Hill was soon reached which was the first real climb of the day followed by a nice descent into Cheltenham. Cheltenham was my first stop, only to stretch really and say hi to Mr Bones who I noticed had one of his legs missing (most probably stolen I reckon, or in the mouth of some dog).
|Chilled to the bones|
|The teeny weeny Sinewave|
|The audax staple diet|
|St Michael and All Angels, Leafield|
|Super shorts - Altura 5/40's|
**********In other news, I saw a rather funky band play. This was the wonderful Bombay Bicycle Club. SJ and I saw their performance on the last day of January and stayed overnight to make a weekend of it. We met certain band members parents whilst in the queue who told some rather interesting background stories.
|My meeting with HR!|
|Games at Kings Norton SS party.|
|Nearly play time at Bournville SS party|
|Melody won Gilbert the giraffe|