The 1215 km I cycled in June was always going to be a hard act to follow.

It was a very satisfying personal achievement but never meant to be an objective to be improved upon.

So, in July, normal service has been resumed with my 12 rides totalling a much more sensible 708 km.

However, I was successful in achieving another of my objectives by exceeding a monthly average speed of 20 km/h.

In fact it was 20.07 km/h which I use as a measure of my improving fitness and endurance.

I don’t feel the need to be any faster than this, my pace is that of a long distance, all-terrain, touring cyclist so if I can consistently ride at an average of 20 km/h I will be more than happy.

It’s also a useful benchmark when planning new cycling routes. For example I should easily manage to cycle 120 km in six hours. I have number of multi-day tours in the planning stage so this will be especially useful.

My longest cycle ride in July was 105 km and the collection of monthly routes can be found here.

This was also a good month for photography, with 420 new images added to my online gallery here.

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