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London to Cambridge bike ride

Today was the annual London to Cambridge bike ride. (For some reason they have removed the web page with the actual ride on it!) Which I’ve been doing on and off for the past 20 years or so, today was the first time for perhaps 5 years…..

Unfortunately, for Sally and I, the ride has become very popular and so all the buses carrying folks to the start at Picketts Lock were full 🙁  We were thinking of going up last night on the train and staying over at a B&B, but this is England and B&Bs think that £70 a night is fine and oh minimum stay two nights at the weekend….

So we created our own variant which meant leaving home at 6am, cycling down to the halfway point until we met el speed merchants who had left Picketts Lock at 7am then turning around and coming back with the  crowd. Here is the ride on Everytrail:-

Partial London-Cambridge bike ride

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We did over 841 metre of ascent as we obviously did it both ways! and about 58miles of cycling by the time we arrived home.

Can I do this every day for 12 days or so to do the 600miles to Les Gets. Today has made by back really ache which is probably the drop handlebars on my Falcon. Otherwise I felt fighting fit..

Here is the elevation and speed data:-

Finding Heathrow Terminal 5

Don’t expect the Ordnance Survey or any of the other professional mappers to help you in finding Terminal 5 at London’s Heathrow airport.

Yep, you have to rely on Open Street Map. See how the other’s handle it on the opengeodata blog.

Here it is shown copyright free! (Click on map for latest version.)