Sep 08 2014

Wiltshire Big Wheel bike event

Unusually for me I entered into more than one cycling event that had a fixed distance. These are nominally called Sportives and are a common pastime for those better looking in lycra than I. The Big Wheel event took in some of the Tour of Britain course around Wiltshire. Anyone who knows Wiltshire will know it’s not exactly flat but it’s also not going to trouble those who cycle fairly regularly.

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Aug 28 2014

Crossing bridges, Severn Bridge Sportive

My very first “sportive” entered – this one organised by Andy Cook Cycling. The cost was £28/rider and that provided entry, food provision at the halfway point and again upon return to Castle Combe. It seemed like a reasonably easy route although a mostly downhill trend towards the halfway was obviously mirrored on return.

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Jul 06 2014

Summer cycling challenge

After the disappointment of 2013, when the Yatton Keynell Wrong Way Round Ride was cancelled, I had a long wait anticipating what the return of the community ride would be for 2014. Sadly it wasn’t really something that I was interested in so it looked like I’d be without a challenge once again this year.

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May 06 2014

Dynamic DNS is not what it used to be

Tomorrow, one of the most popular dynamic dns service providers (dyndns) switches off all free accounts.

Whilst it’s a niche feature, used by those who want/need to remote access home machines, it provided an excellent solution to running/accessing services running on home systems. Some routers supplied by ISPs only integrate with dyndns so their removal of the free service may affect a large number of users. Sadly my ISP presents that exact problem – the router doesn’t offer any alternative service profiles so Dynamic DNS is no longer a usable feature.

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Apr 13 2014

Hydra, the multi-headed monster

Yesterday, we went to see Within Temptation on their 2014 world tour for Hydra. Our destination was Wembley Arena on a day where there was also an FA cup semi-final as well as the possibility of road closures in preparation for the London marathon [scheduled for the next day].

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