Strava Heat Maps – how is yours?

It started off with raceshape that did a heatmap of your rides or runs and linked into your strava details …. but now raceshape doesn’t work and instead it has either been bought in-house or they have replicated it ….

quite nice seeing your heatmap with higher occurrences burning brighter but a faint line for routes run just the once ….

Here is my heatmap for running all time (since joining strava 2012)

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and my routes for 2013.

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See the interesting blobs at the 5 a side pitch. (shame you cant filter those out but that is an issue when strava doesnt let you add sports (5 a side, sailing, and kitesurfing would do me)

i am also a creature of habit running down the river and around the park ….

Now they could do a lot with this showing the most popular routes as well as the hottest segments – you could then plan your run or ride for a bit of a trophy hunt …




Here is how you do it better ….

The transport for nursery trips

Sometimes the simple things are so good – dropped the you gets (elfin iPad) youngest off at nursery this morning. She only goes 2 days a week but it is good that she know fits the tag-a-long as she is getting more chance to pedal on the 6km trip there, in preparation for more solo rides.
There are hopefully enough lights, reflectors and Dayglo jackets to allow even the most myopic retarded car driver to spot us.

Ladies Only Trail – Mountain Bike

Well according to the video. Trail looks fantastic ….

Properly set up suspension is barely a luxury for technical trails on little bikes. Arthur and his Tallboy, solo “Ladies Only” rip, thanking Todd for his hard work every time his tires touch a new patch of gold dirt.

Find part II of Arthur’s interview below:

Created By Matt Dennison


Multi One Design championship – the real Formula One of sailing

just the look of this prom gives me goosebumps ….. 70 foot try doing battle around the world. The sailing world has a lot to thank the French for – they really pioneer the best while the AC crowd bicker. This Volvo Ocean Race and the match race championship get me going.

The Krys Ocean Race will be first international event of the new MOD 70 circuit . The race will leave New York July 7th, 2012. The European Tour will follow in September 2012

The Boats involved

This latest generation of absolutely identical trimarans aims to combine modernity and performance, safety, reliability and cost control.
Measuring over 10 feet in length (21.20 metres instead of 18.28 metres), the MOD 70s are less beamy than their ORMA ancestors, the latter reaching 18 metres.
Seven specific features, which favour safety and reliability, whilst guaranteeing performance, can be noted:



  • 1) Smaller sail area (5%) providing more safety when ocean sailing 2
  • 2) Longer central hull (10 ft) to minimise pitchpoling 3
  • 3) Raised beam clearance to reduce wave impacts 4
  • 4) Possibility to lift the centre hull rudder
  • 5) Curved foils for more performance and safety 6
  • 6) Shorter monolithic canting mast (+/- 8%) positioned further aft in the hull 7
  • 7) Low temperature cured carbon fibre & foam sandwich construction


  • • VPLP Design Office(Fr): Designers, architects office
  • • NORTH SAILS (USA/Fr): Sails, 3DL, unique one-design sail wardrobe


  • • CDK Technologies (Fr): Project manager yard, assembly
  • • Decision (Sui): Boatyard, construction of the beams
  • • Multiplast (Fr): Boatyard, construction of the floats
  • • Lorima (Fr): Construction of the masts and booms

The revival of the oceanic multihull: 

The 1980s represented the advent of the multihull with a number of fabulous projects, though all too often they were overambitious. From that point, all the protagonists were keen to redefine a framework with strict dimensions: it was the birth of the 60 foot multihulls; a class measurement which would then form a unity within a class known as ORMA (Ocean Racing Multihulls association), which was governed according to an open class measurement.
After 15 years of adventures offshore and following the Route du Rhum 2006, the ORMA class ended up undergoing massive change: changes of status, an evolution in the Board of Directors, the nomination of a new President, Patrick Chapuis, and an Executive chairman, Franck David.
It was at the start of the Vendée Globe 2008 that Stève Ravussin and Franck David, who has accompanied the former in his various sailing projects since 1999, presented the Multi One Design project to Marco Simeoni. Its ethos centred on completely identical oceanic multihulls.

The concept of everyone racing on an equal footing on the ocean planet appealed to the Swiss company director. Indeed the latter didn’t think twice about investing in and working on the idea, initially refining the overall concept by bringing an international and eco-friendly dimension to it! Marco Simeoni signed an order for five MOD70s, which was the starting point for “The Multi One Design Story…”.

Lovely Film – canoe camping

6 hours of kayaking the ceredigion coastline, on route to our little secret cove, only accessible by the sea. We fished, we dove for crabs and then we feasted with our friends around the campfire, before crashing out on the sand…to paddle back the next day.

Camera work: James Bowden & Alastair Humphreys

Music: Bianca Meier ‘I walk this earth’

Easter Monday potter on the bikes

A lovely morning so loaded up the small Islabike and headed west to the parks and the canal.

heading west

Bella was on the back of the Yuba Mundo with her little bike strapped to the side – a few roads to go on and not yet safe enough for an unskilled 4 year old

over the shoulder shot

then to the west where we stopped for a bite to eat … before heading to Kelvingrove park where the girls cycled and tired themselves out.

crazy lunchtime

So on the way back it was a bit of this

bodged up bike carrier

followed by this

the ride home

Landsailing – the americas cup in a dry hot place …. NALSA

Found on sailing anarchy – just when I thought Ice Sailing was mad enough …….

NALSA’s annual America’s Cup of landsailing regatta was held March 19th through 26that Ivanpah dry lake near Primmm Nevada. We had high winds for the event and a bit of carnage on the race course at times. Winds ranged from 5 to over 50 mph due to the frontal systems working there way over from the California coast. The racing stops when the gusts exceed 30mph. Most of the racing was in winds around 20mph. The race course is set windward leeward as best as possible with the configuration of Ivanpah dry lake.

The marks ranged from about 2 or 3 miles apart. Most of the races are timed for 15 to 25 minutes which translates 20 to 30 miles distance depending on how fast your boat can get around the course. I raced 2 different solid winged boats in 2 separate classes. Nalsa class 5 (49 sq. ft.)yellow winged boat and class 4 Wood boat with green wing(59 sq. ft.). I had a personal best of combination 14 first places and one third place as a throwout between both classes. My max speed was 81.69 mph via gps.