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Introduction

Me in my cycling shortsCycling is something that I really love doing. It helps keep me fit and it gets me out the house. Which is a very good thing indeed, or I would just spend all my time playing on the net and watching way too much TV.

I enjoy cycling so much, that I have three bikes, which are Trek 830, Trek 810 and Marin Muirwoods 29er. The Trek 810, is the one that I use when up in Killearn, Scotland seeing my friends and family. I use Trek 810 and and Marin Muirwoods 29er ones the most, since they live with me in Little Bytham, England.

Do I wear lycra while cycling?

Yes of course. When you do has much cycling as I do, you really need to. Wearing a good pair of cycling shorts, help's to stop me from getting a sore bum. They also stop the wind from slowing me down so much. Even better still, they look and feel great on.

If you want to see lots of photos of me in my cycling gear then, check out my photo gallery. Also check out the recommended tags cycling and endtoend.

Cycling vlogs

First lycra cycling vlog of the year
Filmed: 09/02/2011

Badger wanted to kill me
Filmed: 17/08/2010

See I even cycle in the rain
Filmed: 13/08/2010

Cycling near Bassingthorpe
Filmed: 26/03/2010

July 2008 Scottish holiday cycle
Filmed: 14/07/2008

Cycling around the Queen Elizabeth Forest Park, in Scotland.

Cycling statistics (updated section: 17/01/2022)

Garmin Edge 705 GPS Below is my cycling statistics from each cycling year starting from 2003. They start from 2003, because that is the year, that I started to keep a record of them. As you can see from the statistics, each year, I do more and more miles. Well in most years away.

In 2005, I did a record 2,092 miles (3,366 kilometres). Then in 2006, I beat that record, by doing 2,166 miles (3,485 kilometres). Then in 2007, it all went wrong. Somehow, I only cycled 1,073 miles (1,726 kilometres). Which was 1,093 miles (1,759 kilometres), less than I had done in 2006.

Last year I have well and truly beating my record that I set in 2006 when I did 2,166 miles (3,485 kilometres). Since I did 2,685 miles (4,321.9 kilometres). Getting my miles so high, was helped greatly by the End to End cycle, that I did in August.

2003 statistics
2004 statistics
2005 statistics
2006 statistics

April: 73.9
May: 100.7
June: 270.3
July: 216.7
August: 208.9
September: 216.1
October: 53.5
November: 8.6

Total: 1,148.7 miles

February: 37.6 (37.6+)
March: 35.7 (35.7+)
April: 169 (95.1+)
May: 300.7 (200+)
June: 292.3 (22+)
July: 277.5 (60.8+)
August: 212.4 (3.5+)
September: 178.3 (37.8-)
October: 54.1 (0.6+)
November: 15.1 (6.5+)
December: 12.9 (12.9+)

Total: 1,586 miles

January: 10 (10+)
February: 29.5 (6.2-)
March: 53.4 (17.7+)
April: 138.7 (30.3-)
May: 200.7 (100-)
June: 379.9 (87.6+)
July: 401.1 (123.6+)
August: 521.8 (309.4+)
September: 225 (46.7+)
October: 65.3 (11.2+)
November: 48.5 (33.4+)
December: 17.6 (4.7+)

Total: 2,092 miles

January: 34.7 (24.7+)
February: 69.7 (40.2+)
March: 101.5 (48.1+)
April: 162.6 (23.9+)
May: 206 .3 (5.6+)

June: 298.5 (81.4-)
July: 451.1 (50+)
August: 471.1 (50.7-)
September: 234.1 (9.1+)

October: 86.7 (21.4+)
November: 37.9 (10.6-)
December: 12.1 (5.5-)

Total: 2,166 miles

2007 statistics
2008 statistics
2009 statistics
2010 statistics

January: 28.9 (5.8-)
February: 44.8 (24.9-)
March: 66.4 (35.1-)
April: 231 (68.4+)
May: 44.5 (161.8-)
June: 124.7 (173.8-)
July: 156.3 (294.8-)
August: 141.4 (329.8-)

September: 91.5 (142.6-)
October: 90 (3.3+)
November: 48.8 (10.9+)
December: 4.5 (7.6-)

Total: 1,073 miles

January: 50.7 (21.8+)
February: 37.1 (7.7-)
March: 101.7 (35.4+)
April: 156.1 (74.9-)
May: 330.1 (285.6+)
June: 201 (76.3+)
July: 212.6 (56.4+)

August: 251.5 (110.1+)
September: 260.5 (169+)
October: 104.8 (14.7+)
November: 74.4 (25.7+)
December: 27.1 (22.6+)

Total: 1,807.5 miles

January: 65.6 (15+)
February: 105.8 (68.7+)
March: 120.2 (18.5+)
April: 225 (68.9+)
May: 219.1 (111-)
June: 341.2 (140.2+)
July: 270.9 (58.3+)

August: 1,009.2 (757.7+)
September: 100.4 (160.2-)

October: 148 (43.3+)
November: 80.6 (6.1+)

Total: 2,685.9 miles

January: 71.2 (5.6+)
February: 30.3 (75.5-)
March: 361.5 (241.3+)
April: 449.9 (224.9+)
May: 428.4 (341.2+)
June: 418.6 (77.4+)
July: 501.3 (230.4+)
August: 491.7 (517.5-)

September: 527.1 (426.7+)
October: 163.5 (15.5+)
November: 500.4 (419.8+)
December: 57.4 (57.4+)

Total: 4,001.3 miles

2011 statistics
2012 statistics
2013 statistics
2014 statistics

January: 324.4 (253.2+)
February: 219.2 (188.9+)
March: 666 (304.5+)
April: 427.5 (22.4-)
May: 365.4 (-63)
June: 456.5 (38+)

July: 759.8 (258.5+)
August: 640.5 (148.8+)
September: 544.1 (17+)
October: 177.2 (13.7+)
November: 254.2 (-246.1)
December: 200 (142.6+)

Total: 5,046.6 miles

January: 401 (45.4+)
February: 307.4 (88.3+)
March: 602 (-64)
April: 404.4 (-23.1)
May: 599.7 (243.4+)
June: 406.4 (-50.2)
July: 536.7 (-223.1)
August: 803.6 (163.1+)
September: 478.2 (-65.9)
October: 372.7 (195.5+)
November: 235.4 (-18.8)
December: 142 (-58)

Total: 5,289.5 miles

January: 178.4 (-222.6)
February: 466.2 (158.8+)
March: 466.7 (-135.2)
April: 519.3 (114.9+)
May: 761.5 (161.8+)
June: 762.9 (356.5+)
July: 539.1 (2.5+)
August: 662.4 (-141.2)

September: 381.3 (-96.9)
October: 377.3 (4.6+)
November: 702.2 (466.8+)
December: 301.1 (159.1+)

Total: 6,118.4 miles

January: 466.9 (288.6+)
February: 380.1 (-86.1)
March: 608 (141.2+)
April: 616.5 (97.1+)
May: 257.7 (-503.8)
June: 401.4 (-361.6)
July: 705.2 (166.1+)

August: 464.2 (-198.3)

September: 375.4 (-5.9)
October: 401.3 (24+)
November: 452.9 (-249.2)
December: 205.5 (-95.6)

Total: 5,334.9 miles

2015 statistics
2016 statistics
2017 statistics
2018 statistics

January: 80.3 (-386.6)
February: 129.0 (-250.9)
March: 225.2 (-382.8)
April: 11.2 (-605.2)

May: 275.1 (17.4+)
June: 366.3 (-35.1)
July: 257.3 (-447.9)
August: 246.7 (-217.5)
September: 163 (-212.4)
October: 313.2 (-88.1)
November: 154.9 (-298)
December: 119 (-86.5)

Total: 2,341.4 miles

January: 184.2 (103.9+)
February: 366.8 (237.6+)
March: 425.8 (200.6+)
April: 314.1 (302.9+)
May: 413.6 (138.5+)
June: 521.8 (155.5+)
July: 812.8 (555.5+)
August: 554 (307.3+)
September: 184.3 (21.3+)

October: 243.4 (-69.8)
November: 241.9 (87+)

December: 321.3 (202.2+)

Total: 4,583.8 miles

January: 252.2 (68+)
February: 108.1 (-258.7)
March: 498 (72.2+)
April: 403.1 (89+)
May: 494.2 (80.6+)
June: 777.5 (225.1+)
July: 320.2 (-492.6)
August: 447.1 (-106.9)
September: 140.6 (-43.7)
October: 317.1 (73.6+)
November: 356.5 (114.6+)
December: 33.1 (-288.1)

Total: 4,147.5 miles

January: 253.0 (0.8+)
February: 120.8 (12.7+)
March: 283.6 (-214.3)
April: 350.3 (-52.8)
May: 137.6 (-356.6)
June: 300.3 (-477.2)
July: 363.5 (43.4+)
August: 218.8 (-228.4)
September: 323.7 (183.2+)
October: 351.5 (34.5+)
November: 315.5 (-41.0)
December: 139.9 (106.8+)

Total: 3,158.5 miles

2019 statistics
2020 statistics
2021 statistics
Current statistics

January: 118.1 (-134.9)
February: 257.8 (137+)
March: 118.5 (-165.1)
April: 352.5 (2.3+)
May: 122.9 (-14.7)
June: 234.2 (-66.1)
July: 439.1 (75.6+)
August: 269.4 (50.6+)
September: 130.8 (-193)
October: 178.8 (-172.8)

November: 54.7 (-260.7)

December: 69.2 (-70.7)

Total: 2,357.9 miles

January: 133.0 (14.8+)
February: 160.3 (-97.5)
March: 91.7 (-26.9)
April: 259.5 (-93)
May: 429.8 (306.9+)
June: 446.3 (212.1+)
July: 418.9 (-32.2)
August: 607.4 (338+)
September: 661.7 (530.9+)
October: 458.2 (279.4+)
November: 373.2 (318.5+)
December: 154.9 (85.8+)

Total: 4,194.8 miles

January: 282.1 (149.1+)
February: 256.1 (95.8+)
March: 275.7 (184.1+)
April: 313.1 (53.6+)
May: 359.6 (-70.2)
June: 395.6 (-50.7)
July: 281.4 (-137.5)
August: 260.7 (-346.7)
September: 220.2 (-441.5)
October: 224.5 (-233.7)
November: 129.9 (-243.3)

December: 107.3 (-47.6)

Total: 3,106.2 miles

January: 10.9 (-271.2)

Total: 10.9 miles

Last updated: 17th January 2022

Total miles: 62,269.5

Key: ( )=-/+ same month of previous year.
Favourite cycle routes (updated section: 05/07/2017)

Below is information, route maps and photos of the cycles that I enjoy doing the most. Also check out my cycling maps section.

The routes are sorted by country, then by distance, with the shortest being first.

Routes in England

Routes in Scotland

Useful links

General

  • Bikeradar.com - Bike reviews, bike gear, parts and accessories, over 30,000 cycling routes, news and race results.
  • CatEye - Cycle computers and bicycle lighting systems.
  • Cycling UK - The UK's national cyclists' organisation.
  • British Cycling - The internationally recognised governing body of cycle sport in the UK.
  • National Cycle Network - Which had created over 10,000 miles of signed cycle routes.

Shops

  • A.W. Cycles - A great bike shop.
  • Chain Reaction Cycles - A great cycling shop.
  • Edinburgh Bicycle - A great cycling shop, with lots of other useful stuff on their website too.
  • Evans Cycles - A great cycling shop.
  • Nelosporto - A great place to place cycling gear from.
  • Sustrans shop - They sell a comprehensive selection of the very best cycle maps and guides. From National Cycle Network and family cycling to touring and mountain biking. Also take a look at our great range of clothing and accessories.
  • Wiggle - A great place to buy cycling gear.
 
This section was revised 17 January 2022