A typical weather forecast for the past few weeks. Trying to find a bit of dry weather to go cycling. I went out at 14.00 and got lucky. Proof you shouldn’t always trust the weather forecast.
Sometimes, when I see a weather forecast I don’t like, I try another one, until I see something a bit more promising. Any cyclist becomes a devotee of rain forecasts. The ones I use are
- XCW weather – useful for showing quantity of rain. Though I’ve had some very wet 0.1mm days.
- Met Office
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- Weather Spark – lots of historical graphs
- Rain Radar – % chance of rain – if you really need to know when rain will hit.
- Home and Dry – Rain app for iPhone
Often, once you get on the bike, rain isn’t so bad. But, when it’s raining outside, its tempting to try and find better things to do, and hope it clears up.
This week has been quite light on training, a few winter niggles still playing up. It’s that kind of niggle, that you can probably ride through, but you’re not entirely sure. It makes you think of Daniel Sturridge – a career plagued by injuries. Football pundits say he should just keep playing and stop being so soft. But, it’s hard to know unless you have the injuries yourself. But, this isn’t pain, just tiredness. Unfortunately, my sport physio seems to have closed down.
With the prospect of rain looming, I went to the Cow and Calf Ilkley, just five miles from Menston and a good climb. Mostly cross / tailwind up the climb. A few hard five minutes efforts. But, not 100%.
Cow and Calf
Cow and Calf – 1.2 miles @11%
When Ilkley Grammar school ended around 3pm, it was time to move on from the Cow and Calf. I remember the days when this road was quiet, but now it gets quite busy and at school closing time, there is logjam as students depart.
Cow and Calf
View over to Otley
View from East Chevin towards Pool in Wharfedale.
Still it was good to take a breather and head over to some different hills – East Chevin near Otley.
First I did the long steady climb up the A road towards Bramhope. It was fairly fast with mostly tailwind. I then finished off with the tough climb of East Chevin. It was fairly close to a route of last year’s Tour de Yorkshire. Though it was only about 10% of the distance. Still a bit of training in the bank.