Dave gets Champion Chipped up for the preview ride for this summer's Highclere Sportive...

The road.cc office is a man down today as Big Dave has gone out for a ride, the Highclere Castle Magnificat Invitation ride to be exact all 126 miles of it – all the riders are fitted with Champion Chip trackers so you can follow his progress throughout the day just by clicking here. Dave's not the only road.cc rider there either, Jon Burrage one of our contributors, and a forum stalwart is also stretching his legs.

The route is 126 miles with 1700m of climbing, Dave's never ridden that far before so we're sure he'll enjoy it. The trackers went at 9am when they leave from Highclere Castle and update the rider's progress every four seconds all going well they should be stopping for teach and cake at Spearholt at 11:30, 42 miles in. Then they head off to the South Downs, stopping at Owens Cycles (84 miles) at 14:15 then it's off again, climbing Stoner Hill and heading back to Highclere for 5pm. Sounds like a nice Spring leg stretcher and you can follow it all from the comfort of your computer.

Average speed for the ride is expected to be 18mph but last time we looked they were cracking along at over 20mph - mind you, they'd only done a couple of miles.

It's not all play though, Dave and Jon will both be evaluating some new wheels from Mavic on their day out.


Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.