Not every Strava user can match the KOMs set by the likes of Laurens ten Dam, who hit 60 kilometres an hour as the Tour de France headed into London in July, but here’s an interesting challenge raised by road.cc reader Simon Greenway – ride every street in your home town.
Simon lives in Romsey, and on 3rd January criss-crossed the roads of the Hampshire town, clocking up a metric century on the way. In internet parlance though, depending where you live, YMMV – your mileage may vary.
What we mean by that is some of you live in small towns you can whip around in an hour or so, while others, in places like London, may find it a tougher gig, so you might want to restrict it to your local borough, or a local council ward.
And even somewhere smaller you may find yourself faced with something such as the nightmare 1 in 3 hill pictured below, in the home town of one of the road.cc team, which could put you off the challenge in the first place.
It’s certainly dissuading the writer from attempting it …
But, if you do choose to take up the challenge, make sure you are signed up to the road.cc group on Strava, and tag your ride with HometownChallenge – let’s see how we all get on!
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.