Hop Garden 200km audax

147 miles (237 km) done on Sunday. The Hop Garden 200 km together with riding to the start and back home again. The bike (which after being in my possession since 2009 I have finally come up with a name for – Gezel – a Dutch word for companion) was rolling smoothly. 40mm Marathon Supreme tyres properly worn in are great to ride on – comfort, speed and a durability boxes all ticked.

I used an Edge 800 to track the route/ride. It ran out of juice after nine hours. Kept it on the map page all day. Apparently that’s something to avoid if you want a longer battery life. I had the Edge 200 as a back up so all was well. This left me with two gpx files of the ride rather than just the one.  Not too worry though as there are plenty of sites where you can combine files and voila! I have the route map, elevation profile and all the stats to go with it.

Hop Garden elevation profile

Hop Garden elevation profile

Hop Garden route map

Hop Garden route map

Managed to maintain an average of 14.7 mph which taking into account the climbing (about 7,800 feet in total) seems decent enough for me.

Here’s a few pics I took along the way –

 

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