Sunday, 21 September 2014
My little courier experience taught me that i wouldn't fancy the job full time. Carrying an awkward heavy load in all weathers can't be fun after a while and having a time deadline to meet too wouldn't make things any better, so I won't be applying for a job!
the rest of the ride was pleasant and fast along a very dry towpath. I had cake at Hatton and visited Atkins cycles in leamington before heading back
Sunday, 14 September 2014
|I chose the KOM point in Broadway as my destination and gave myself plenty of time to reach it. As i got closer and closer to the town i caught or was passed by more and more cyclists and two of us formed a mini peleton into the town and began an ascent of Snowshill. It's not that steep but does go on quite a long way and today we had the added pressure of the line being lined by riders and fans waiting for the pros to turn up. After crossing the summit line i dropped back down a short distance, found a good spot and waited for the riders to come through. After riding up i knew what effort it took for me to do it but the pros just made it look like they were out riding with their family on a flat promenade some where, hardly breaking a sweat and carrying an icecream at the same time, seriously impressive.
It only took about 10 minutes for the first car, the riders and then the broom wagon to pass and i then joined the mass exodus of cyclists down the hill. I then had a choice, ride home or extend the route. I decided to ride on to Evesham and had lunch (a massive piece of bread pudding) at the riverside cafe. I then pedalled on to Worcester and route 46 towards home. at the Worcester point I'd hit the 100k point and at that point i then decided to go for a century. The 100th mile ticked over about half a mile from home and aprt from stiff shoulders i felt pretty good
Saturday, 13 September 2014
i'm not going to write a huge race report as lots of others have been written so here are the highlights of a great weekend
someone won, I came 4th (as did everyone outside the top 3)
choice of over 8 beers
we won the race for the curry
adults acting like kids
Hardly any sleep
what a great weekend, Taz and Keef managed to disappoint in only one way, it wasn't "shonky" at all
Thursday, 11 September 2014
Monday, 1 September 2014
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I love reading about adventures by bicycle, be it an expedition to ride to one of the poles by fat bike, a race along the great divide of the USA or a 250 mile self supported epic around the Scottish highlands. The risks, the mental toughness, the will of one rider who triumphs or fails against the odds is both entertaining and inspiring, I'd love to do something similar, be self sufficient, be the Tom and Barbara of the less travelled trails.
However, I've got a job, responsibilities and live about as far from wilderness or coastline as one can in the UK, so although I'm sure with some organisation, money and luck all the above could be attempted we have to make do with what we have and the chance to make it all a bit more civilised or soft depending on your point of view.
Dan and I went for a little adventure to the Wyre Forest, our nearest area of "primeval rain forest", I mean, most of the trails aren't way marked!! oh the horror! it was muddy, we were on single speeds, I fell over and bruised my knee and bottom, it was adventure, were were battling the elements, it rained for about 5 minutes! the terrain was tough, we had but one gear to master the climbs with, huge clouds of flies marauded around us, we were literally minutes from civilisation at one point. Gigantic ants forced us to have our lunch up a tree and Dan only ventured down to use the Aeropress to make a proper cup of coffee (we are not primitives after all).
And do you know what, we may not have made the headlines with our achievements or inspired anyone but bloody hell it was good fun, we were knackered, we were covered in mud and dripping with sweat but never felt more privileged to be able to do things like this and step away from reality for a few hours