The 2020 Imperial Century A Month Challenge


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First attempt.

Just snuck in in January after month-long chest infection from Christmas.

26 January 2020 - Letchworth, Biggleswade, St Neots, Huntingdon, guided busway to Cambridge, Dullingham, Balshan, Babraham, Whittlesford, Fowlmere, Royston
100.2 miles
Disgustingly flat, 2,326ft
6hrs 17mins, 16mph
Half of ride on single speed as gear cable snapped! Dry, breezy

22 February 2020 - Letchworth, Buntingford, Thaxted, Sudbury, Framlingham, Norwich
127.5 miles
6,522 ft
7h 54m, 16.1mph
Tailwind assisted first 90, brutal final 37. Dry, very windy

14 March 2020 - Letchworth, Stevenage, Sawbridgeworth, Harlow, Enfield, Potters Bar, St Albans, Hemel Hempstead, Luton, Hitchin, Letchworth
100.5 miles
5,469 ft
6h 47m, 14.8mph
Tough going as tired when set off and didn't start till nearly 4pm. Decent weather though, mild and not too windy

25 April 2020 - Letchworth, Shillington, Blunham, Tempsford, Everton, Potton, Biggleswade, Dunton, Langford, Henlow Camp, Hitchin, Letchworth (x2)
102 miles
2,835 ft
6h 10m, 16.6mph
Tired throughout as set off late but very easy route. Decent weather, mild and still

16 May 2020 - Letchworth, Hexton, Streatley, Houghton Regis, Dunstable Down, Ringshall, Ashridge Woods, Berkhamsted, Chesham, Tring, Leighton Buzzard, Bletchley, Milton Keynes, Marston Moretaine, Houghton Conquest, Shefford, Letchworth
150.6 miles
9h56m, 15.2mph
Celebrating end of exercise restrictions. Beautuful tour of Buckinghamshire and off road tracks in the Chilterns

20 June - Letchworth, Barton le Clay, Woburn, Milton Keynes, Wolverton, Silverstone, Blakesley, Upper Boddington, Kineton, Wellesbourne, Stratford upon Avon, Alcester, Bidford upon Avon, Long Marston, Shipston on Stour, Banbury, Aynho, Twyford, Winslow, Stewkley, Great Brickhill, Woburn, Harlington, Barton le Clay, Letchworth
201.7 miles
8,855 ft
13h 55m, 14.5mph
Nice long one to mark summer solstice weekend. Lovely conditions, but felt like cross/head wind most of the way!

11 July - Letchworth, Ashwell, Shepreth, Comberton, Oakington, Histon, guided busway to St Ives, Hemingford Abbotts, Huntingdon, Perry, Colmworth, Great Barford, Shefford, Hitchin, Letchworth
101 miles
3,179 ft
6h15, 16.2mph

1 August - Boudicca's Revenge 200 perm audax (and to and from)
Letchworth, Buntingford, Ashwell, Potton, Papworth Everard, Somersham, St Ives, Chatteris, A14 services, Bourn, Haslingfield, Saffron Walden, Great Dunmow, Stansted Mountfitchett, Buntingford, Letchworth
159 miles
6,528 ft
9h54, 16mph

13 September - Across the fens
Letchworth, Sandy, Great Barford, Little Staughton, Kimbolton, Spaldwick, Alconbury, Upwood, Ramsey, March, Marshland St James, King's Lynn, Sandringham Estate, Snettisham, Sedgeford, Great Bircham, Great Massingham, Litcham, Attleborough
152 miles
An embarrassingly flat 3,572ft
9h9m, 16.6mph

3 October - Storm Alex loop into Bucks
Letchworth, Shefford, Stewartby, North Crawley, Newport Pagnell, Emberton, Ridgmont, Steppingley, Marston Moretaine, Newport Pagnell, Cranfield, Stewartby, Shefford, Letchworth
101 miles
6h19m, 16mph

7 November - Extended loop around Cambridge and sunrise over the fens
Letchworth, Biggleswade, Potton, Longstowe, Highfields Caldecote, Bourn, Cambourne, Boxworth, Longstanton, Rampton, Chittering, Fordham, Bottisham, Great Wilbraham, Fulbourn, Sawston, Ickleton, Meesden, Buntingford, Letchworth
125 miles
Pancake flat 3,278ft
7h 50m, 16mph

7 December - To the edge of London and the Chilterns on a cold, foggy, damp day
Letchworth, Kimpton, Sandridge, Colney Heath, Potters Bar, Radlett, Aldenham, Budget, Watford, Chandler's Cross, Bovingdon, Hemel Hempstead, St Albans, Hatfield, Welwyn Garden City, Hatfield, Stevenage.
100.3 miles
6h 35m, 15.2mph
Struggled today. Was tired when I set off and never really got going. Pleased to have completed the challenge.
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