The month started with Storm Jorge (remember him, no we don't either) and ended with lockdown as we try to tackle the global pandemic, Covid-19. At the time of writing we are still allowed, and in some cases recommended, to take to the saddle for once-daily exercise and commuting if you're a key worker. However during the past fortnight there has been some confusion as to what level of riding outdoors is seen as good for the body and mind, and what is deemed reckless and unnecessary. Many have taken refuge on the turbo trainer to keep the miles ticking over.
To date, in the #CW5000 Strava group alone, 57,423 rides have been logged, totaling 1,052,703 miles and 44,297,144 feet of climbing, which equates to 58 laps around the world and 1,526 ascents of Everest.
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At the start of March all we needed to worry about was a touch of wind and Kevin's biggest foe was Land Rover man
James was very happy in a world where we could still ride sportives...
Even if they were very windy sportives...
.... at least, as Elaine discovered, the wind sometimes blew from behind.
Storms weren't so much of a problem for Mark in Florida, but Mark had different challenges to content with - you don't get many alligator sightings in England.
As the storms settled down, the weather improved and the miles came a bit easier and Jonathan's thoughts turned to snaffling the last Florentine...
And Fergus's mind was on clocking up miles and which filter made the River Tay pop.
We set the group the challenge of climbing 7000ft in a week and our members took up the challenge with gusto.
Jason found the hills in Sheffield,taking on the infamous Magnificent Seven
Michele found them around Kilmarnock
Jan conquered them on the turbo
And Ian, well for Ian the hills found him
As the Corona-crisis started to escalate we were advised to participate in social distancing. A practice some of us are all to familiar with.
Social isolation, in other words - bike riding alone - doesn't seem like too much of a chore for Mike
But working from home and creates it's own challenges, so Mike and Christine have added a home > home commute into their routine.
Sportives have become virtual
And to hit the climbing targets, according to Mary, there's now such a thing as a cheeky Alpe du Zwift
We signed off this article in February looking forward to lighter days and easier miles in March, how wrong could we be? Who knows what April brings, but what we do know is cycling is not only important for our physical health but also our mental health and having a goal to aim towards is a really strong motivator in these tough times we find ourselves in. So finding new ways to maintain our regular levels of riding either indoors or as part of our once-daily exercise is beneficial to us all.
Good luck and stay safe.
Sign up to the CW5000 challenge and be inspired to ride further in 2020.
The CW5000 is an annual challenge to ride 5000 miles in 2020. Alongside this target riders are given monthly challenges to maintain their motivation. Keep an eye out for the April challenge for a chance to win one of five exclusive CW5000 pin badges which can only be earned.
All miles from January 1 are included, no matter when a rider signs up to the challenge. You can also enter as a team, combining everyone’s miles to make it possible for those not used to covering such distance. Log miles via Strava, Garmin Connect or even on paper. When you reach the milestone send in proof and you’ll be eligible for a certificate plus merchandise soon to be revealed.
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