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Garmin Ride Out 2016

Yesterday was the Anual ride out organised by Garmin to raise money for charity and once again I was lucky enough to secure a place along with quite a few of my mates so I knew it would make an awesome day again.

Sue and I headed to New Milton at around 7:30 and this year found the venue straight away, parked, pee’d and headed to registration 🙂 I picked up my lovely Garmin Jersey along with quite a few freebies and then for the included breakfast, Today I had a bacon and a sausage roll which was just scrummy and good energy too. By the time we had done breakfast my mates had arrived, they all chose to cycle over which made a pretty decent 100-mile ride for them and would have been 120 ish for me which was too much because I am racing on Sunday.

We sat around and chatted for the next hour or so and it was great, although it had clouded over and gotten quite cold too. I then saw one of my hero’s Alex Dowsett which made me happy.  I chatted to a dozen or so Canyon riders and was desperate to take this a step further but thanks to Canyon I will be in a better place to do this next time which should be fun and help raise brand awareness too.

At 11am the riders started to head off and we all joined the queue, I guess I crossed the start in around position 200 maybe slightly sooner but I was in no rush at that point.  The first 4 or 5 miles were a plod and overtaking all sorts as we headed to open roads. Into the forest was breezy so we stayed with a bunch until we hit Ornamental Drive and we split as we tackled this beloved hill. I reached the top in 3rd place within our group of 10 or so but we never regrouped again so I rode on to catch up with Paul and Daz, I caught up but lost them soon after at the next hill but I was happy chasing them down, both very powerful riders. This was a fab start to the ride.

We turned into the airfield and I realised being solo was a mistake 🙂 the wind was long and hard but I did have a lad tuck into my wheel so at least I was helping someone, as we reached the other side he shouted thanks as I accelerated away again into Roger Penny Way and WIND 🙂 but I was enjoying myself and proper solo at this point. I rode like this for about another 10 miles or so trying to keep my watts around the 240 mark, conscious of Sunday’s important race.  I passed the feed station at about 27 miles but it was raining and windy so with a full water bottle left I decided not to stop and carry on, a decision I would be very happy about later.

This year they had once again thrown the 25% blissford hill into the mix. O joy with my 53 ring haha YES I changed to the small chainring and YES I still went up at a snails pace haha.

20 miles to go and they were a very lonely 20 miles haha. I think I passed around 5 cyclists. The first a couple of lads together who tucked onto me for a few minutes but soon dropped back, the next a lad on a 2013 Aeroad who was desperate to out-do me but after an aggressive show of strength, sadly, he never had the minerals, it would have been good to have a partner for the last 10. It was raining quite heavily now and it seems to suit me.

The next lad I passed was just before Burley and I shouted to him that it was quite lonely up here 🙂 joking of course. As I passed he shouted that I was now 5th overall, this gave me a little buzz and I picked up pace a little.

I almost got into trouble at Burley, going much too fast into a bend then realising it was a “give way” my front wheel locked up, thankfully the car coming towards me round the bend flashed his lights and waved me across so I corrected, kept my 20mph and sailed across thanking him and my guardian angel…  Thanks, driver, you were AWESOME in both realising my error and acting quickly, that could have been nasty and 100% my error. Silly schoolboy error!

Up out of burley and the last 4 miles at speed but again maintaining 240W I never saw another rider but sure enough I rode into a deserted wet field 5th overall which I was delighted with especially given the conditions and the fact that I maintained 233W average.  Speed was a little over 21 mph which I’m happy with given the location and conditions and mostly solo ride but since training with my power meter, I don’t take too much notice of the speed.

At the finish I saw Switch who congratulated me on a quick finish, he is super quick but not riding today and then I found my Susie who to be fair was pretty shocked to see me too 🙂   I grabbed a quick bite because I was suffering from lack of grub and then I got cleaned up and changed.

It was a while before anyone else arrived (coz I’m super quick) haha but Sue noticed Alex Dowsett looking very wet I approached him for a photo. I apologised about timing but like all Canyon ambassadors, he was 100% happy and chirpy and especially so when I dumped my hoodie and he saw my shirt 🙂 grabbed a nice photo, shook hands and he patted me on the back, made me very happy.

The boys arrived and we all swapped stories, lots of accidents due to the bad weather but thankfully none of us and hopefully nothing too serious and I must say that once again the New Forest drivers were AWESOME thanks, guys and gals.

I had the most amazing day, albeit not the “group” day I had planned but to be fair I could have slowed down and rode with the rest of the gang but I was enjoying my ride too much.

All in all a fab Garmin ride, we never won the raffle, I rode into the field 5th to a fanfare of NOTHING haha and we went for a lovely lunch afterwards.

I must add tho in all seriousness THIS WAS NOT A RACE it was 100% a social coming 5th was nice but its just a number today.

Thanks to my awesome DHC crowd for a lovely day and my awesome Sue for supporting me.

Jules x

*****UPDATE*****

Just been informed by a fellow ride that I got the KOM for the 2016 Garmin ride, 2 of them in fact 🙂 so very happy

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UTAG Julian Jenkinson Memorial TT P881R

A few months ago Southampton lost one of its great athletes and record holders, Julian Jenkinson. Although I cannot claim to have been “friends” with Jules, I did meet him several times and chat to him, I speak to anyone named Julian :-).  He was a lovely young man and died of a heart problem way too young.  Yesterday I joined 149 on my peers to ride the UTAG Julian Jenkinson Memorial TT on the famed P881R course.

This was only my 4th TT although I know for sure this is the route my racing will take for 2017.

This month was/is my birthday month and as always we celebrated hard, a little too hard this year and the past 2 weeks have been seriously bad nutrition so my cycling has suffered, Fair enough I can still ride my 40/50 miles in the 20’s but a short fast TT is a whole different animal and I knew I would struggle.

Sue and I arrived at the start in plenty of time so that we could catch up with some friends and that was the right thing to do today, I was pretty nervous and not feeling great about my chances. Everyone was complaining about the traffic but having done this race a couple weeks ago I was mentally prepared for that. I bumped into my friend Aran who gave me a much-needed pep talk  and advised me to take it steady out there which is exactly what i decided to do, I was not after any records and wanted to arrive home safely.

I was number 66 so starting at 16:06. riders are set off at 1-minute intervals so although you are mentally competing with your peers, there is very little actually head to head racing in fact only if you are overtaking or overtaken.

Sue was photographing today’s start so I headed off for my warm up and then arrived ready to go. One more thing about TT’s you are actually held at the start so you can clip into your pedals, a very odd feeling I must say.

5-4-3-2-1 and with a gentle push I was off. A quick smile to Sue and into battle I went, A clear run out onto the A3 where I took up my place mid lane and held it for most of the race. The drivers are well used to these events and absolutely GREAT for the most part which is a joy.  Today I was working on speed with ,y Garmin because I have not finalised my new stages power meter yes so keeping the first couple of miles at around 25.5mph felt good and better than I expected too because the first 5 miles were into headwind,  As I approached the first roundabout about 2.5 miles I stayed in the bars and rode through thanks mainly to knowing the road and 2 fab marshals and of course a very compliant and patient motorist  🙂  through the bends and back out onto the A3 I had picked up to the 27’s average now and as I reached the flyover my average speed was 27.7mph. Around

Around the flyover and up the gentle climb which felt like Everest back onto the A3 again. Technically I had a tail wind now so this leg should have been quicker as it was for most people but I think August was catching up on me. I felt my speed drop slightly but nothing to worry about, Back into the roundabout again in the bars but the last 2 miles or so were tougher, I could comfortable keep in the 25/26’s but loosing ground slightly, Not sure if this was indeed a physical thing or maybe a mental thing, who knows. After 8.5 miles #66 past me and that was it. I picked up again and gave the last mile a bash, I saw #65 and that was my goal. I passed #65 just before the finish and crossed the line with an average of 26:7mph so  nice unexpected PB.

22:40 official so 14 seconds faster than my best and I am honestly over the moon considering everything.

After the race we had some lovely tea and cake and Sue and I headed off for a cider and pub lunch, my last indulgance before next Sundays 25 mile tt.

Here are a few photos from todays event and unless mentioned otherwise they are taken by the very talented Sue Porter Photography I hope you have enjoyed our sports photography and please consider using Julian Porter Photography for any photography requirements or events you might have coming up. Sue and I photograph almost anything where people are involved and we would love to hear about any projects you have coming up.

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Ghost race #4

Well its the end of October and that can mean only 1 thing, time for Robert’s awesome Ghost run.  I missed last year because it was the day that I met my foot specialised and he insisted I did not run but today despite not feeling a whole lot better in the foot dept I ran and loved it 🙂

Sue and I rocked up about 5:30 and chatted to race director and our friend Rob for a bit, grabbed a hot chocolate and then met up with our buddy Matt. It was a warm evening and I knew my Grim Reaper outfit was going to be tough going but It was not a race just a fun run with friends.

I started off with PieGirl and Paul and after a couple miles I broke away with a chap called Del and ran with him until mile 3 where we somehow got lost and ran an extra half mile solo haha. On finding our way back to the tunnel of doom I saw Rob and mentioned our antics, he merely shouted “extra miles are free” 🙂 fair enough and it was a beautiful night.

The last couple of miles was spent overtaking and catching up with people that we overtook and caught up with for the first 2 miles haha then I came across our friends Andy, Sophie and Jessica who I ran with briefly before seeing Allie who I ran home with as well as my good buddy Terry and lots more 🙂

Another awesome evening of terror organised my this wonderful company which I will link below.

Through the finish tunnel and we were given a Toffee Apple along with a goodie bag and AWESOME medal. such great value for this race and in fact all of their races.

Sue and I chatted to a few ,mates before heading home 🙂

No photos today quite simply coz we are busy at work and I could not be arsed with the editing 🙂  Next race Bayside Duathlon on Sunday.

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Back to the future……..

Well yesterday was Back to the Future day and to celebrate it I joined loads of my mates on a wet and miserable river bank in Surrey for an awesome 6 hour running event 🙂  Being a bling chaser its not very often I miss great medals and this one was brought to my attention and I booked it. Unbeknown to me so had loads of my regular running buddies and well as fellow Lordshiller Mike who I also cycle with. Also Rebecca and Kev were there and Rebecca “clippy” rode the sportive with  me last Sunday, small world.

I woke up yesterday morning early doors and out was chucking it down with rain and I have to confess I did not feel much like travelling 60 miles to Walton-on-Thames but after a coffee and breakfast I headed off in horrible traffic to my destination!  A few minutes away I received a txt from Mike saying he had saved me a parking space right at the start 🙂 top man so I drove up and parked then started to catch up with dozens of mates far too many to mention but great to see you all 🙂

I grabbed a coffee in the Weir Hotel and a muffin before heading to the start still lashing it down but hey I was already wet 🙂  I decided well beforehand that I was going to run 2 laps so 10k and ran with my friend Carolyn and her dog Bonnie and we had a fantastic catchup for an hour or so.

The route was simple 1.6 miles out and back again 🙂 even I could not get lost ! the feed station was well stocked with water and sweets 🙂 awesome fredo frogs and chocolate buttons as well as a few sensible things I ignored.  After 2 lapps I said goodbye to Carolyn and a few mates and collected my awesome medal. I love these challenge events because you can run as much as an ultra or just 5k. I do miss the fanfare of actually a race finish but I run for fun and bling nowadays and have never been happier.

Great atmosphere, probably the best in a while considering the shite weather 🙂 great feed stop and marshals and just the best medal which is definitely in my top 10, probably top 6 even.

Next race is the Ghost Run 🙂

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L’ETAPE london

A few months ago whilst looking through sportive’s to ride my Friend David mentioned the L’ETAPE in London. The inaugural l’Etape London by Le Tour de France, organised by Human Race and in support of Access Sport brings the glamour of the Tour de France to the capital and the opportunity for me to ride through London town after missing out on Ride London.

I decided to book it with Dave and our mutual friend Jason, we often ride together and it would be Jason’s first 100 miles and all of us first to see 117 miles in one epic ride.

The banter running up to the race was just awesome and as the day got closer we all started to realise the enormity of cycling 117 miles in the Autumn on what could be uber busy roads. I had a big wedding Saturday which was not the best prep for a big day out but there you have it 🙂 so home at 10pm and bed, up at 4:30 feeling like the walking dead haha loaded my car and then the boys arrived and off we set, 3 awesome stealth like bikes on the roof and the 3 amigos inside 😉

We arrived in good time and parked at the Stafford centre and after 5 minutes getting ready we headed off to the race village, as we arrived we literally were directed to the start so no time to mingle, we were in the second from last wave of the long distance riders and I could not work out how they sorted this race but we assumed the slower riders left first to allow the extra couple of hours to cover the miles.

The weather was chilly but we all felt good. The start was quite fun after we all had to swear the pledge not to run red lights 🙂 to be honest the 3 amigos never do anyway, mainly coz we are always ready for a rest stop 🙂  The first 10 miles were through Central London heading towards Epping so although slow they were quite interesting. We all 3 took turns up front and as we reached Epping we went through the “official timing station” this was to time the faster part of the route without London Traffic, we picked up the pace and started to catch up with the slower riders and generally had a blast. at around mile 26 we arrived at the first food stop, my first food of the day and it was very welcome and very well stocked. My only comment would be that maybe they should have some “take with me foods” like Wiggle do. But they did have loads of “eat me now food’ and COFFEE :-).

We headed onto stage 2 and I was starting to feel the miles after yesterdays wedding, after 40 miles I could feel myself aching and doubting being able to continue at pace BUT our goal was always 15-16 mph so all good because we were averaging low 17’s at this point.  The next food stop was much the same but without coffee so we snacked and applied lube 🙂 then headed back off out and I noticed we had climbed 950M at that point and only half way through the course. The next 10 miles were the hilliest but they were also the miles I loved that changed the ride for me. I started to feel good and stronger (funny what food does) and as we reached the 70 miles stage I was really feeling epic. I genuinely felt unbeatable and could have really gone for it. We reached the 3rd and final food station with about 42 miles to go and came up with a plan of stopping at 100 miles. We were already into Jason’s longest ride ever so all feeling pretty good about things.

The next 22 miles flew by, we happened across a couple local lads and I took the front for about 8 decent miles then this lad took over and we made great pace with an awesome “castelli cafe train” between us all we smashed that section and came across a petrol station as we clocked up 99 miles so I decided to pull in to refill my water bottles knowing the last 18 miles could be tough. We stopped for 10 minutes for the 4th time and just chilled in the sunshine soaking up what we were doing.

We headed off for the last section of our ride making great pace again and pretty much rode that way all into London town and into the Velodrome for our lap of honour with an average overall speed of 17.5 mph I was both delighted and amazed coz it was reasonably hilly and pretty much headwind all the way, buggered if I know how but it was haha.

As we passed the finish we were handed a beautiful medal, we took a few snaps and headed back to the car for the trip home which needless to say was a buzz.

Brilliant day with great company. Jason did an awesome job for his first ever sportive and first ever 100 miler +

We met some great people and saw some pretty decent sights, traffic was better than I expected and the route was lovely, I would definitely recommend this ride and route. HumanRace put on an amazing event with the best signage I have ever seen, a few dodgy junctions which could have been better sign’d but honestly 10/10 for a fab sportive.

I cannot wait now for the Dragon Ride next spring with HumanRace which is 142 miles 🙂

Big thanks to the dream team Jason and David for a fun and fab day and of course my amazing wife Sue for letting me do these crazy things, I love you to the “super” moon and back XX

Here are a few photos from todays event and unless mentioned otherwise they are taken by the very talented Sue Porter Photography I hope you have enjoyed our sports photography and please consider using Julian Porter Photography for any photography requirements or events you might have coming up. Sue and I photograph almost anything where people are involved and we would love to hear about any projects you have coming up.

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