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South Downs Way 100

Winchester to Eastbourne Off-road

My Weight Loss Story

My story of fat to fit by bicycle

Sunday, 17 April 2016

30 days of biking 2016 - days 16 and 17

Day 16

We rode to Eastbourne Pier and got an ice cream from my good friend who runs an ice cream parlour.

The weather wasn't great. It was windy, cold and raining at times.

My boy enjoyed his ice cream though.

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Day 17

We rode to Bexhill. The weather was kind on the way out. A nice tail wind and the sun was shining.

We got lunch on our ride before heading back. The wind was against us this time and cold. My son drafted me on the way home to keep the speed up. Lots of bikes out today and lots of happy people on bikes.

Just over 22 miles today

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Friday, 15 April 2016

30 days of biking - days 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15

Day 11 and 12

I rode to work and back and my son rode around the block.

Day 13

I rode to work and back and my son rode up to the bike shop in Polegate to pick up some new padded shorts as he's grown out of his old ones.

Day 14 and 15

I rode to work and back and my son rode to school and back each day.

My son is now up to 140 miles at the halfway point of the month.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

30 days of biking 2016 - day 10

Today's ride was to be the biggest of the month so far. A ride to Heathfield and back up the Cuckoo Trail. The forecast was sunshine but the wind was 19mph south easterly. Fine for the way there but not so for the way back.

We started just after 8am and stayed on the road until we got to the Cuckoo Trail. People traffic was low all the way until we got to Hailsham. We stopped at Subway for breakfast. We then proceed up the Cuckoo Trail again. We saw a number of cyclists, runners and dog walkers. The trail is tarmac or dense gravel along the whole route but there is a thin covering of mud in places at this time of year. It was getting stuck under my front mudguard at times.

When we arrived in Heathfield I decided it was best for us to ride back via the road. I knew a route that should be low traffic and it's downhill so would be quick. I've never ridden out of the Cuckoo Trail before. It ends in Heathfield and I've only ever turned around and headed back the way I came.

There's a short hill up to the High Street and then it's flat. Whilst riding along the High Street I spotted Olympic gold medallist Jane Torvill. Our route now headed south towards Horam and it was a fast downhill, not needing to pedal for most of it.

We arrived in Horam and stopped at Wesson's Cafe to top up our water bottles and rinse the mud out of my front brake. We were back on the road to Hellingly and a few cyclists went past us. Our route then headed East to Magham Down and then south again to Rickney. The lane we headed down was muddy and potholed in places but nothing we couldn't handle.

My son then pointed out that there was a rainbow around the sun. I looked up and noticed saw this halo around the sun. Never seen one for real so I took a photo. It wasn't long before we were back in our street and back home. We finished the ride with just over 31 miles.

After 10 days my son has ridden 121 miles.


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Jane Torvill of 'Torvill and Dean'


22° halo



Saturday, 9 April 2016

30 days of biking 2016 - days 6, 7, 8 and 9

Day 6 and 7

Not much to report. I had to go to work so I rode to work and back each day. My son rode around the park one day and along a local cycle rout with his brother another day.

Day 8

My sons both rode with me to work. However, halfway there, the eldest was struggling so I told him to turn back and the youngest rode on with me. When we arrived in Bexhill we had breakfast at Subway. Afterwards he rode back to Eastbourne by himself. I live tracked him just to be sure he got home OK.



When I got home I suggested to the boys that as it was a nice evening and their mother was out, we ride to the fish and chip shop for dinner. Once we picked up dinner we went to the local pond and sat eating our food. Afterwards we fed bread to the ducks.

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Day 9

After a number of miles the day before and with the weather not so nice, it was just a short ride out for the me and my youngest son.

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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

30 days of biking 2016 - day 5

It's the school holidays but I'm back to work. I suggested to my son that he ride with me to work and I'd buy him breakfast. So he didn't have to ride the 9 miles back by himself, I persuaded my oldest son to ride with us.

It was a bit of a challenge getting them up and out in time this morning but the ride went well with the eldest struggling a little but keeping a good pace nonetheless. We rode my shortest route to work along National Cycle Route 2.

We went to Subway for breakfast and it got Field family seal of approval.

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