LEJoG Day 2 done. Golant to Tiverton

We knew it wasn’t going to be easy. And we were right. 85 very hilly miles from Golant to Tiverton. It rained all day, we were sodden and we had our first faller too! Dave went down like a sack of spuds when his front wheel slid on wire meshing that was nailed over a wooden bridge. Possibly not the best surface to lay on a cycle track!

Highlights of the day were crossing the border from Cornwall into Devon (1 county done!), huge pasties at Lydford Gorge, views of Dartmoor in the drizzle (and other country views throughout the day) and great welcome from Barbara at Hornhill B&B. Oh, and Dave assures us that the mobile signal from the top of the last hill was exceptional; he overshot the B&B (see below) and ended up at the telecoms mast at the summit!

Lowlights were the morning’s porridge at the hostel, the constant rain, the many, many steep hills and the lads’ reaction when, after 85 miles in the saddle, they found out I’d booked a B&B at the top of a 17% climb. It’s got good views though!

Stats for LEJoG Day 2:
81.26 miles.
5,325ft ascent. 5,295 descent.
Fastest speed 40.6mph.
Average speed 11.1mph (mostly waiting for John to catch up!).
Average heart rate 132bmp
Max heart rate 183bpm.
Average cadence: 64rpm

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LEJoG Day 2 – Golant to Tiverton

Dreading today’s ride! 85 very hilly miles to Tiverton and the weather isn’t scheduled to improve either! Watch out for the Tweeted map link at the start of the day. Your replies are read out aloud by my phone and have certainly helped us on our way!

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LEJOG Day 1 done!

Day 1 done! Cornwall is very hilly! And the weather’s not been great either!
We got one hell of a tail wind coming out of Land’s End but it soon turned gusty with some nasty blasts of wind coming from the side.
However, we were quite glad to be slightly protected from the wind by the high hedgerows for most of the ride.

Who’s on the “most punctures on trip gets thrown in the sea at John O’Groats” leaderboard!? I hear you ask! Well, at the end of day 1, there are NO punctures to report!

Stats for LEJoG day 1:
66.51 miles.
4,833ft ascent. 4,856 descent.
Fastest speed 41.7mph.
Average speed 12.9mph (mostly waiting for John to catch up!).
Max heart rate 189bpm.

Apologies for those checking the live map. I forgot to re-start the app when we had a quick stop at about 55 miles. You’ll have to wait until I’m able to upload the files from the GPS for the final route!

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LEJoG – following our progress

At the start of each day, a shortened link from cyclemeter will be posted on Twitter and Facebook. This will also appear in the Twitter feed on the top right of the James-Davis.com homepage.
The link will show a map of our progress in real time. (subject to mobile signal)!
Any replies will be read out to us so please help us on our way by commenting!

LEJoG Day 1 – Land’s End to Golant

And so it starts!
After photos at the sign at Land’s End we’re heading to Golant via the country roads. Avoiding the A-roads means we’ll be hitting some short sharp climbs.

Cornwall and Devon are the worst sections of the ride! Let’s hope our legs survive!

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LEJoG Day 00 – Arrived at Land’s End

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Dave and I have arrived at Land’s End ahead of our LEJoG start tomorrow morning. Just waiting for John to arrive.

The ride from Penzance was very scenic – but the steep climb out of Newlyn was a bit of a shock to the system after the long train journey.

Update: John’s arrived and we’re all set for tomorrow! Big (and hilly!) day ahead!

Penzance To Land’s End
Google Maps URL: Penzance to Land’s End
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Nikon 600mm VR lens for Sports Photography

Using the Nikon 600mm VR super telephoto lens
This weekend, I tested my dream lens. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4G ED VR.
It’s a lens that all bird, wildlife and sports photographers covet. For me, I hired it for a weekend’s cricket photography.

The 600mm VR is quite unlike anything I’ve ever used before. The lens, in its case, is big, heavy and it was quite a job lugging it across London on the Tube.

I tested the Nikon 600mm lens with a Nikon D80 which, at best, fires 3fps, so it’s not the best camera for sports photography. That said, using the 600mm VR, the autofocus was quick, silent and sharp.

It took quite some time to get used to the lens. It’s big and cumbersome. Focusing on the batsmen and bowlers was absolutely fine but, manoeuvring the lens round to follow a player fielding the ball whilst looking through the viewfinder was difficult. I found that, when looking through the viewfinder, it was very hard to know exactly where the lens was pointing. This meant I missed quite a bit of the action. I suppose this is something that would improve with practise.

Nikon 600mm VR Cricket Photography batsman

I also found that the 600mm probably had a bit too much welly for what I needed. With the magnification of the DX format camera the 600mm effectively became 900mm. Now, the ground where I was shooting, Highgate, was quite small so I had trouble keeping the bat in frame when shooting batsman at the far end. When focusing on the batsman at the near end, I could only get a very small percentage of the action in the frame.
I rented the lens from Fixation, in Kennington, London. The cost was £56 plus 10% insurance and VAT. For weekends, you only pay one day’s charge.
You can see examples of my work here:
Saturday 15th
Highgate 2nds V Harrow
North London
North Middlesex V Twickenham
Calthorpe

Sunday 16th
Highgate V Southgate Compton
Highgate Taverners V Pimlico Strollers

James Davis