YCC & Eddington

2016 Bring on the Centuries
The reawakening of the Yearly Century Challenge (YCC) has meant I can forget chasing a higher Eddington number. Some improvement might come naturally but the new focus; I love a target to aim for, is a Ton of Ton rides/days in 2016. So no time to waste, winter could arrive any time. Progress will be logged here; there is an overall leaders table for fellow century baggers.
Date        Ride Name          Miles

2016-01-01 T#1 & T#2 –  Kajsa make history Riding with Kajsa @yearinthesaddle as she starts her year long distance challenge 201
2016-01-02 8:05:07 T#3 round the shire 101
2016-01-03 6:10:18 T#4 Gorillaz Strollers ride, Not been that wet for some time. 102
2016-01-06 5:33:35 T#5 Days Work-Pub Ride-Linds on Fat Bike 121
2016-01-07 10:15:29 The killing fields, not one of my better ideas 101
2016-01-08 9:09:59 T#7 First of many Cafe Ventoux tons. Ice trucker safe route 101
2016-01-10 6:06:17 T#8 Silverback Gorilla troup ride 101
2016-01-13 12:10:39 T#9 Ice free loopy pub ride fun 114
2016-01-16 9:02:57 T#10 Fighting the inner chimp 101
2016-01-17 10:17:12 T#11 Testing Theories 100
2016-01-20 6:36:44 Work-Pub-and 20 mile home reading pot holes like Brialle, couldnt see jack all in the freezing fog. Glorious 12th 100
2016-01-23 9:22:31 T#13 Cathorpe Tour n Explore 100
2016-01-24 6:05:16 Ton14 – Gorilla silverbacks monster the hills 100
2016-01-30 7:09:59 T#15 Ventoux with Ravy Davy and Shad 100
2016-01-31 6:41:47 T#16 Wobbly Wheelers thing with Gregg. Proper mans stuff 113
2016-02-03 7:00:00 Work n Pub Ride fuelled by Nobbys Ales and the candy man 101
2016-02-05 8:40:02 The road less travelled – new shoes test 100
2016-02-07 5:33:29 Gorillas 3 sisters with some segment fun. n,n,n,n,Nineteen 107
2016-02-10 6:27:29 work-sunshine-pub-eating my weight in cakes 109
2016-02-11 9:15:51 21st Century Guy. Beasting the hils (relative puny lumps) 102
2016-02-14 6:08:00 Valentines Day Leg Massacre 102
2016-02-19 6:57:27 Ice avoid and Teetgrinder aero test 100
2016-02-21 3:47:21 Fenland battle 108
2016-02-24 6:27:44 Ice-work-sun-pub ride fun 101
2016-02-27 5:41:08 Icebike and bikebus and a bit of motorsport and offroad exploring. 100
2016-02-28 6:03:50 Killer Gorilla, love that route 100
2016-03-04 7:51:52 Way out West 101
2016-03-05 7:07:52 March Madness starts here 133
2016-03-06 7:40:33 Touristy explore return 109
2016-03-12 0:10:50 Horsepower 200 with extra Va Va Vroom 214
2016-03-13 5:55:32 Flying in from Stanstead, delayed by a free barrel of Gorilla beer 101
2016-03-19 0:03:05 24hr- 300 mile in a day killed by NE wind 282
2016-03-23 12:01:39 8am bare frame to pub fettling ride 102
2016-03-24 4:28:49 Shad 200K with ferry trip 153
2016-03-29 7:02:19 Team Northants eat big at cafe Ventoux 100
2016-03-30 6:46:19 Apparently it is all about the bike 100
2016-04-01 8:13:18 Four go mad in the country 108
2016-04-09 5:46:07 Paris Roubaix Sportive. An amazing day with Juan Antonio Flecha. 105
2016-04-10 7:01:14 Chasing the Paris Roubaix in reverse. Pave to Paella day 1  149
2016-04-11 4:44:22 Headwind all day nice. Pave to Paella day 2 143
2016-04-12 5:37:26 Hiding from thunderheads day 3 Pave to Paella 141
2016-04-13 6:13:25 1100 metres in a monsoon  and drenched in St fleur. 175
2016-04-14 5:01:19 France done. Transcountryrides are ace. 187
2016-04-15 11:20:00 Barcelona baby. Thats enough. 100
2016-04-22 7:59:20 Finally joined the legendary gorilla on tour ton club.  102
2016-04-27 6:30:10  maddest pub ride ever: Monsoon into 1″ standing snow  108
2016-04-28 9:02:53 Ton #50 half way there in 4 months. 100
2016-05-03 5:29:44 50 mile commute 105
2016-05-04 6:33:51 Work, Pub, Sun, Cake fun birthday Gorilla bash 100
2016-05-05 6:39:08 Recovery Sun Daze 100
2016-05-06 6:05:30 Sunny hunny Tote Requi ride 200
2016-05-08 7:04:46 Gorilla fast spin and lovely birthday beers at the Tap 102
2016-05-22 7:04:25 Gorilla Hunt #1 Chasing the Ale 102
2016-05-24 6:40:18 Big long commute….Baltic finish 101
2016-05-25 6:29:03 Tons are more fun with good Ale, Cakes and Cougars! 102
2016-05-28 7:10:25 TOTE Day1 riding the awesome Gorilla train 143
2016-05-29 5:27:07 TOTE day2. Chip dinner at the seaside 200
2016-05-30 7:04:30 TOTE day 3. The lumpy cake fest 6 gold medal riders. Top fun guys. 152
2016-06-05 5:14:52 Dont mess with a crow 100
2016-06-08 6:36:36 work-pub. The annual Barrel of beer and endless BBQ food night 103
2016-06-17 10:18:02 Transatlantic Race day1 176
2016-06-18 4:23:49 Tar day2 184
2016-06-19 5:01:32 Tar day3 181
2016-06-20 5:04:51 Tar day4 time for a shower. The race starts now 126
2016-06-21 2:50:21 Tar day 5 209
2016-06-22 3:57:22 Tar day6 221
2016-06-23 4:46:30 Tar day 7 and 8 non stop. Job done 2nd Place rider. 380
2016-07-01 9:07:39 Cafe Ventoux Test Ton – checking the recovery 100
2016-07-03 7:31:28 Fast and Furious ton #78 100
2016-07-06 6:29:28 Mazy double pub ride fun.  101
2016-07-10 5:48:36 JP and Dan solo gorilla bombed out. 100
2016-07-13 6:14:14 Bills last pub ride, so we did three. Farewell but not goodbye 103
2016-07-17 8:05:59 Gorilla riding with the ladies and errand 100
2016-07-21 0:12:13 The Big Yin day 1 crampons  for forest of Bowland, but worth it. 200
2016-07-22 4:48:03 Big Yin Day 2 getting carried away in Glasgow 178
2016-07-23 7:00:19 Big Yin day 3. A rest day with added pine martins 101
2016-07-25 7:38:20 Highlands 1200km Audax Day 1 208
2016-07-26 5:06:01 Highlands Day 2 to the bunkhouse 130
2016-07-26 23:07:38 One big massive ride. Too wet and cold to bivy. Mental 445
2016-07-30 8:30:43 Heading East for dinner 103
2016-07-31 9:28:57 Heading home bye bye Scotland 153
2016-08-01 4:11:38 Big Yin day last day 1500 miles so far. Yorkshire bound. 150
2016-08-02 7:28:17 Wandering home. The Big Yin 1840 miles door to door trip 148
2016-08-09 6:34:50 Ton #96 losing out to darkness 100
2016-08-10 6:27:15 Ton #97 100
2016-08-11 3:04:43  Take two for today – Ton #98 101
2016-08-11 11:09:59 #99 reverse Ventoux breakfast 100
2016-08-12 5:01:45 #100 – The Ton of Tons by August – Milenian. Job done 101
2016-08-24 6:30:53 work- top pub ride – storm chasing #101 107
2016-08-28 7:12:11 Gorillaz drop outs, and a moist evening spin 101
2016-08-30 8:44:38 Full fat camping on the spur of the moment. Skegness 109
2016-08-31 7:22:52 Skeggy return – facing the killing fields 102
2016-09-10 5:10:21 A most Ridiculous Duel 215
2016-09-11 6:38:02 Had my fill of the East lately. Time to head West next 110
2016-09-16 4:51:29 In to the valleys…..tra la la la la la la la laaaa. No skids thou 183
2016-09-19 9:30:10 North of Brum for a change. Good cross England route 109
2016-09-30 4:09:19 One big Mother of a ride 214
2016-10-02 5:09:25 Better than life. 17k this year. 173
2016-11-16 6:28:18 What time do you call this….after midnight pub return 107
2016-11-25 8:53:39 Lanes less travelled 101
2016-12-04 7:08:47 hanging with the Gorillaz, just. Good job they were gentle. 102
2016-12-11 6:56:56 Gorilla cruise 101
2016-12-14 0:00:00 Great pub ride what a laugh 102
2016-12-24 #rapha festive500 #1 102
2016-12-25 #rapha festive500 #2 101
2016-12-26 #rapha festive500 #3 100
2016-12-27 #rapha festive500 #4 100
2016-12-28 #rapha festive500 #5 107
2016-12-29 #rapha festive500 #6 105
2016-12-30 #rapha festive500 #7 100
2016-12-31 #rapha festive500 #8 100

2016 in brief. Over 20,000 miles and 125 Tons for equal 4th place in the century challenge


A Gorilla rider introduced me to the Eddington number, what? Try this from Wiki:
Mathematician Eddington is credited with devising a measure of a cyclist’s long distance riding achievements.
The Eddington Number in this context is defined as E, the number of days a cyclist has cycled more than E miles. For example an Eddington Number of 70 would imply that a cyclist has cycled more than 70 miles in a day on 70 occasions. Achieving a high Eddington number is difficult since moving from, say, 70 to 75 will probably require more than five new long distance rides since any rides shorter than 75 miles will no longer be included in the reckoning. Eddington’s own E-number was 84

Being a cycling data loving geek, and as early riding never involved great distances I think there’s enough info to have a good record of this.
As of August 2014 my number was 85, going into December its crept up to 92. The target is a ton of tons total after 2015, that’s more than one a month, after that it I’m guessing it won’t move much! (achieved)

Latest 2015 rides to add to list:   (This has bumped it up now to 102 😉 )

  1. 100    Zwifting on the turbo, just nuts Apr 2015
  2. 118     Getting back out there after breakages: Gorillaz Plus ride May 2015
  3. 105     First explore of Guided Bus-way May 2015
  4. 209     Sunny Hunny ride for chips May 2015
  5. 323     DIY Audax Fastlands 400 overnight test ride for TCR May 2015
  6. 209    Clacton for Chips and Cambridge explore Jun 2015
  7. 383     Dragons and legends 600 Km Audax – All of Wales 9000M of climbs Jul 2015
  8. 129     Wales to Quantocks on Tour Jul 2015
  9. 100     Dorset to Bournemouth on Tour Jul 2015
  10. 146     Riding to the Ferry at Portsmouth Hobo to the Alps Day 1 Jul 2015
  11. 202     Caen through Northern France – Hobo to the Alps Day 2 Jul 2015
  12. 212     Killing 40 Deg heat into the Rhone Alps – Hobo to the Alp Day 3 Jul 2015
  13. 117     Cruising Grenoble to The Alp nice 1 Hr climb to finish – Hobo to the Alp Day 3 Jul 2015
  14. 106     The Marmotte 5000 metres climbing in an oven Jul 2015
  15. 102     Dover & ferry + Dunkirk to Flanders to TCR2015 start Geradesbergen
  16. 228    TCR2015 Day1 Belgium to France
  17. 249    TCR2015 Day2 Mid France
  18. 169    TCR2015 Day3 Ventoux climbing CP1
  19. 152    TCR2015 Day4 Italy Assietta col D’Finnestre CP2
  20. 225    TCR2015 Day5 Italy Po Valley to Verona
  21. 172     TCR2015 Day6 Italy to Slovenia killer wind
  22. 183    TCR2015 Day7 Slovenia to Croatia
  23. 143    TCR2015 Day8 Croatia war zones to Vukovar CP3 body reset
  24. 203    TCR2015 Day9 Croatia into Bosnia Sarajevo
  25. 153     TCR2015 Day10 Bosnia to Montenegro Lovencon summit CP4
  26. 198     TCR2015 Day11 Bosnia – Albania in a day – Macedonia
  27. 195     TCR2015 Day12 Long hot thunderstruck day in Greece (My 100th Ton)
  28. 116     Café Ventoux visit ride
  29. 107    Café Ventoux with the Gorillas
  30. 106    Café Ventoux mid week Vuelta watch
  31. 250    Double Gorilla and guess what a Cafe Ventoux visit
  32. 167    Cardiff Bay best ride route from bridge Sep 15
  33. 206    Cardiff return via Taff Trail to Brecon Sep 15
  34. 118 Rugby Lake loop with Shad Oct 15
  35. 151 Northern Lights and Café Ventoux oct 15
  36. 136 Failed ride to Wales valleycat Event freewheel problems Oct 15
  37. 106  Fenboy3 Gorilla ride solo Oct 15
  38. 106  Bedford and Bikebus Oct 15

Above rides yet to be added to the overall list

Rides in distance order:
380      The Three Coasts 600km Audax Yorkshire June 2014
284      24Hr ride to Severn Bridge and back 2014
280      To the Lakes in a day touring ride epic in rain – Strongest ride for sure. April 2014
220      Everesting Stockerston Hill Nov 8848 metres Nov 2014
212      Welsh Coast to Coast with the Cardiff boys in 2008
203     Coastal ride Day 1 round East Coast Aug 2014
189     Cairngorm loops Bikepacking off road Race May 2012
174      Cyclo-X ride up bit of LEL and Spalding coast and gravel at Whittlesea and P’boro Aug 2013
171      Mount Ventoux to the Gorge du Verdun mad day out picnic July 2014
168     WRT ride in a day on MTB tyres loaded, really good form. May 2014
163     End of Bucketlist week, 690 miles in 6 days, went for big one in fens Aug 2012
157     Welland Wonder Audax riding there and back. Sept 2014
145     Yaxley reliability, ride over and bit extra, 40mm halo twinrails and bags loved it Jan 2014
145     Return From Felixstowe non ferry Coastal ride Aug 2014
141     Dawn till dusk with Sean all off road muddy fun May 2012
131     Gorilla Sportive riding there and back Sept 2014
138     Back from WRT from Knighton sleep over may 2014
131     Dusk till dawn solo MTB race, 3rd place. Sep 2005
130     London to Paris day 2 when rider died; 21mph average Jun 2006
130     Ride to HONC and then did the event on Singular with framebag Apr 2013
130     Ventoux to Gorge d’Ardeche super day out in heat July 2014
130     Gorilla route ride led by Dave with expensive café stop Aug 2014
127     Gorilla Sportive ride to and around and beer session after Sep 2014
126     Kafenback breakfast run with DaveL Dawn till Dusk Jan 2015
126     Ragley into Fens to ace bakery then watch of Southwick race Apr 2014
126     London2paris day 2 only 18mph Jun 2008
121     Epic MTB bikepacking to the peaks  off road May 2012
120   Everesting test. 10 shots at Stockerston – final day Oct 2014
119    The first ever Monster Sportive Wales, a shedload of climbing Aug 2014
119    Antwerp to Amsterdam ace touring day – Carlsberg ride March 2014
116    Mad Friday ride from work  Aug 2012 Speedy
115    Ride back from peaks after bikepacking trek May 2012
115    Big ride day to Espunia Spain with Roy, Jason and Phil on Scott Feb 2006
114    London2paris Day1 20mph to the ferry with top group inc. Cracknell and Stephen Roach Jun 2008
113    Ride back from the peaks after the weeks tour of Lakes and Holme Moss  Mar 2014
112    Harwich ferry to Home after Dutch tour week mar 2014
112    Ride London Sportive and hotel ride Aug 2014
111    Rocko sat ride and some more Feb 2008 (4th 100 in that yr already)
111    Bikepacking to Ashford and Tissington then wild camp on Peaks hill Aug 2011
110    Fenland Clarion sportive with Gregg 18mph in May 2008
110    La Manga Jack Holiday south coast epic 2nd in 2 days in Feb 2008
110    Day 1 ride Gravel dash home to sleep on white horse hill 2014
109    Fred Whitton Sportive May 2008
109    Dragon ride under 6hrs at 18.5mph Jun 2008
109    La Manga first 100 day up to Murcia and Torreviejca
108    Big 3 lakes day out on Gravel only on Lurcher to Grafham/Rutland/Pitsford 6hr45 ripper, Aug 2012
107    Epic day out. Stead pace and set route off road to do 100 miles in under 12 hours singular May 2010
107    London to Dover with World cycle race peloton, tour start. Mar 2014
107    Backpack day Ragley to Chilterns beer ride but failed and did Chicksands tour instead 2014
105    DaveL big mans 100 in wind that killed him. Uppingham food 1/2 way Feb 2014
106    Tour to the watch le Tour at Cambridge July 2014
105    Looping the lakes Gorilla ride plus Oct 2014
104    The hellcat 100 Gravel race for me and DaveL 13000ft ascent  on Anthem Mar 2014
104    Dec 2013 chasing gorillas and more
104    Rocko roller from home but return at top of Harboro Hill Jan 2012
104    Big road 100 train ride on cx tyres going south of Milton Keynes and back Woburn sands 2013
104    Welland valley climbing day Velobici challenge Dec 2014
104    Wed pub ride long work ride Nov 2014
104    Welland valley climbing day Dec 2014
104    Gorilla with broken rib cruise ride Oct 2014
103    Kielder 100 Singular 9hr55 Sep 2010
103    Chased by Gorillas on North TT Nov 2014
102    Kielder 100 Ragley and best conditions another 9hr 55 I died at end not so fit 2011
102    fens winter loop test on Singular down as test loop does the bakery stop Nov 2011
102    Festive 500 mileage hunting Dec 2013 after work finish at 11 Xmas eve
102    Kielder 100 on Mojo first 1 10,000ft climbs 10hr30 Sep 2009
102    Bikepacking return from hill camp on Tissington trail on Ragley, random route Aug 2011
102   Gorilla ride plus Oct 2014
102   Gorilla ride Farndon Hill Nov 2014
101    Plumz pups ride as part of festive 500 Lurcher is smoking dec 2013
101    Gorilla ride to Yaxley riders then binned it and did solo for the ton Dec 2013
101    gorilla extended to 100 day after the mans ride with Dave, certifiable Feb 2014
101    Majorca Palma MTB boys to Felantrix on the old Scott  Mar 2004
101    Ragley good long circular ride over Huntingdon way Jan 2012
101    2nd ton in a weekend test. Dec 2013
101    Welland valley Audax 1st ever with Gregg and DeRosa Sep 2006
101    Gorilla extended to 100 miles on gravel 3 tons in 3 days. Mar 2014
101    Welland valley Audax, the 2nd one. Sep 2007
101    Off road 100 to Wakely and back with Dave L on fire today 2012
101    Mel’s choc cake Gorilla ride 5hr22 fast on Scrapheap bike 2014
100    Rocko 100 reliability ride, my route, only me Gregg and Lloyd  Nov 2006
100    MTB local 100 no details Aug 2005
100    Start of my La manga holiday in Jan 2008
100    Kielder 100 singular 2011 version 9Hr30 ride time 9hr55 given
Now 82 tons
97      Rocko sat ride then finished with brownie to make 100 May 2004
97      local on DeRosa Nov 2006
94      March 2004
93      March 2005
93      work long ride then Gorilla pub night Apr 2014
93      Grenoble to Annecy july 2014
92      Gravel dash race in Dorset may 2014
92      ragley ride Jan 2012 start of Ewe training (punctured early and returned for spare)
92      La Manga rocko week Big final days ride  with Dave Palmer Feb 2006
92 at 92     Derosa with Gregg to Rutland Cicle
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