Blog Day 23
Good afternoon and welcome to the final week of this year’s 30 Rides in 30 Days. This year has been as tough as any other for weather. Official UK weather data for 2021 suggests it has been the coldest May in the last twenty-five years. The winds have been blustery and the rain of this last week making conditions even more testing. Very well done for sticking to the task despite the testing conditions. It must have been tough getting the rides done on some of the days. You richly deserve all the financial support you have managed so far.
For weather facts ask a pilot and ten times veteran 30/30 rider Simon Hancock was asked to confirm if this was one of or the worst in his experience. His research reveals that: –
Rainfall, May 2021 is the 3rd worst on record behind 2008 and 2014.
Wind, May 2021 is 30% windier than 2009 and 2013 the other notably windy years.
Temperature. May 2021 is 7th coldest since 2008. (Surprised? So was I)
Good news is next week will see an improvement. Today is rubbish with maximum temperature just reaching double figures at 11 degrees plus winds blowing super strong once again from the west. Tomorrow (Tuesday) there seems to be some potential for a bit more of the same but from midweek onwards the weather settles down and temperatures improve to something nearer normal for the time of year.
Sarah James – Strava Sisters
Three weeks and two days into the 30 Rides in 30 Days Challenge and Sarah James of Team Strava Sisters has cycled over 1000 miles. The conditions have been very testing this year and the achievement is inspirational on many levels. Sarah has had company on many of parts of the rides from TDS riders, husband Daryn and her Strava Sisters teammates Mandy, Chantal and Sara. Well done Sarah and thanks to those who have shared the rides with her and also those who have supported her with donations.
Team Hancock’s Heat Map
Simon, Tim, Paul, and James of Team Hancocks have made great progress on cycling every road in Guernsey during their challenge. Comparative maps for week 2 and 3 below show the island’s network is pretty much covered. Even the runway and apron at Guernsey Airport has now been covered by the two wheeled Hancocks. Final week will be used to find any snags so far not cycled.
Hot Cross Buns on the Goat Trail
The Hot Cross Bun ladies have searched out some of the Goats on the Golden Guernsey Goat Trail. There are apparently 52 Brightly painted Goats that have been placed around the island raising awareness of Autism Guernsey. First off, they got photos of The Farmhouse, Bruce Russel’s and Specsavers. This has followed a search for many of the others.
30/30 Events Last Week
Le Friquet Garden Centre – Static Bike Ride – Sunday 23rd May
Team Tour de School and Friends.
Holly and Jane Lavin of Tour de School organised a Static Bike Ride at Le Friquet Garden Centre on Sunday 23rd May from 10.00 am until 3.00 pm. They were joined by fellow 30/30 Riders Liz Dudin, Racheal Day and Sara Day from the Day Trippers, Felix and Vanessa Blondel plus Ken Wrigley and Ken Bradley from Celtic Donkeys.
30/30 Events This Week
Elizabeth College Junior School 7 in 7
Today, 23rd May, see the ladies at ECJS start the school’s annual 7 Rides in 7 Days. Just over 60 ECJS pupils have registered and cycle around the playing fields each morning at the school for thirty minutes respendant in their pink t-shirts. Luckily the heavy rain overnight on Sunday into Monday morning stopped in time for the riders to start at 8.00 am. The riders will be encouraged to cycle the R2R as their final day.
FINAL DAY RIDE IN
Last Day Ride In – Sunday 30th May
The Final Day of this year’s 30 Rides in 30 Days is Sunday 30th May, the same day as the Annual Rocque to Rock which is also a fundraiser for Les Bourgs Hospice.
30/30 Riders can take part in the R2R from any of the start points, top of Les Val Des Terres, Pleinmont or Grandes Rocques by just signing on at any of the points. The registration fee is waivered for 30/30 riders but do please sign on if you wish to.
The 30/30 riders have traditionally ridden the final mile to the White Rock together and any riders who wish to can meet at Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop from 11.00 am for drinks and nibbles. The Riders set off all together at Noon (SHARP) to ride along Les Banques / Glategny Esplanade to the finish at White Rock Car Park to a Friends of Les Bourgs Welcome.
30/30 Sunset Sportive 5th June
Andrea Nightingale is organising a Sunset Sportive for 5th June, details below. You could use all your 30 days preparation for a great evening ride. Distances vary for different abilities. So, bring along a friend. Registration details will be available at Ian Brown’s Cycle Shop shortly and there will be a BBQ to follow. So, register soon so Andrea has a good idea for numbers to cater for.