Saturday, 18 October 2014

Cyling in Cornwall

Looking at the surf forecast for today I quickly realised that the charging swell would be far to much for a learner surfer like myself  but i still want to keep fit over the winter months so this morning I decided that although overcast, very windy and a bit miserable I would get out and stretch my legs on my bike.

I was lucky enough to get a new bike for Christmas and although the first few months started of well with regular bike rides, as the summer arrived I was spending every available minute in the water. Earlier in the year I completed a round trip from my house to Mawgan Porth beach and back and another cycle that was one way to Padstow both routes around 20 miles.

Wanting to explore the Cornish countryside and stick to country roads where it is safer I headed to Google maps to plan today's route. Although similar to the Mawgan Porth route this time I headed inland via Trebudannon, Roseugeon, and Colan up through St Columb Minor to Porth Beach. Up the hill to Whipsiderry Beach and then onto Watergate Bay before heading back inland along the airport road back home to Ruthvoes.

Cycle routes in Cornwall
The route was 18.76 miles and took me just over 2 hours with about half an hour of stops for photographs and to enjoy the view at the beaches. My next challenge is to increase the distance past the 20 mile mark and maybe increase it up to the 30 mile mark and reach the south coast and back!
Colan Church Cornwall
Colan Church, about 5 miles into my route and the first stop for a photo.
Colan Church Cornwall

Colan Church Cornwall

Porth Beach
Porth beach just under 9 miles from my house.
Porth Beach

Whipsiderry beach
Whipsiderry beach up the hill from Porth Beach
Watergate Bay
My favourite spot Watergate bay, I really do love it here but I think I need to start cycling a few new routes in the opposite direction!
Having a cycle computer is great to push you and keep track of things, I managed to cycle 18.76 miles with a top speed of 32.6 miles an hour which I think is the fastest I've dared to go on my new bike but with my eyes streaming from the wind i'm not sure I could go much faster but it was definitely fun! 

Luckily the weather held off from soaking me, but the winds were still pretty strong making today one of the harder bike rides I have completed. I just can't wait for the next one :@)