Colouring in the North Yorkshire Moors

A daft project I dreamed up for this year (and beyond) was to ride every road within the North Yorkshire Moors boundary. I’ve found an old OS map covering the entire area and pinned it to the wall.

Rules were then needed.

  1. All roads within the green boundary on this map.
  2. Minor streets in the towns and villages don’t need to be covered.
  3. Unmarked but tarmaced roads to be included and sought out where possible but must link with tarmac to a normal road. Not that I’m averse to taking the summer bike offroad but finding a bit of tarmac within a forest just because is taking things a little too far…
  4. Private drives etc to farms not included unless they are a public road.
  5. Start date reset to 1st January 2016.
  6. Highlighter colour to change each year until it’s done.
  7. True madness would require everything to be ridden from my door so I didn’t bother with that but it’s to be encouraged. A different colouring strategy may be implemented to cover for any instances that didn’t involve starting from an overnight stopover.
  8. Dead ends are fun.

As of my 40th birthday (can you see what’s happening) my meagre efforts have resulted in the smallest corner being coloured in.

CNYM 13/03/16



All targets chucked away due to nearly 4 months of the year eaten up with decorating and DIY preparing to sell then sorting the new house. Still turned out to be a good year for riding. New record month in August.

2015 numbers

196 rides

2417.9 miles

55891m climbed

250.09 hours out on a bike

202.92 hours moving on a bike

A fair bit of running (for me)

55 runs

116.7 miles

2453m climbed

19.44 hours running

The intended racing took a back seat so the XC season passed me by but

2 CX races (Go Ride “parents”  events) 3rd place and basically last as I blew up the chainring while leading (3metres into the race) and ended up on a 20″ wheeled Islabike.

2 Enduros (Whinlatter was a muddy disaster and Ard Rock was ridden more like a Marathon race)

2 XC Races including SSUK where I was about 10th

1 Mini downhill race

2 Hill Climbs both PBs

2 New Bikes

Not a lot of Commutes


Target is more of the same without the 4 months of minimal riding but more running and time on a Turbo trainer might eat into the overall.

This will be my first year as a Veteran so hopefully I’ll manage most of the Nutcracker series and the local Friday nights. Oh and to massively improve my Hill Climb times again.