This years South
Western Road Club Randonee has been renamed a Cyclosportif. I'm
not sure why as this years event was practically indistinguishable
from last, except that it ended in Ripley where there is hall and
that it rained for the entire ride.
A group of us from Molesey BBT left together at 09:09 but almost
immediately we were split up with just two of use off the front and
we did not stay together for long. By the time I reached Albury I was
on my own but feeling good catching riders from earlier groups. Then
in Wonersh I was passed by three riders and managed to grab a wheel.
This could have ended in tears as they were pushing on and just
outside Godalming the rider just in front of me went down on a left
hand bend. How I missed him and his bike and managed to stay upright
I don't know. He and his bike were fine. It certainly did not stop
them pushing along however he was more circumspect on the bends from
I managed to stay with them until the halfway check near Amberley
but while we were getting our cards signed the faller managed to
escape of the front so there where then just three of us. However it
was clear to me that I was never going to be able to stay the
distance with them. Then one of them punctured and I was alone
briefly before I joined up with another group. Then we passed the
faller who had also punctured, there were lots
of riders puncturing. I must have past at least 10, each one making
me think it was only a matter of time before I joined them. I did not
see them pass me but they may have when I stopped to tighten the
screws that hold my water bottle cage on which had worked loose.
>By the time I reached the third
checkpoint I was leading a small group and on leaving I was on my
own. I wanted to be alone as I climbed Coombe Bottom so no one would
know just how slow someone could go up a hill. I failed. Got caught.
Managed to ride the last few
miles to Ripley as a pair and since it was down hill it did not feel
quite as slow as it could have. Also the rain had eased a bit. I
finished at 14:13 approximately which is a disappointing time 5 hours
2 minutes to do 90miles. I have plenty of excuses though.
Not really sure how far it was
by the end as once again my speedometer stopped working for part of
the ride. I measured the distance as 83 miles and have 104 for the
day with an average of 18mph when I finished and 17.8mph when I got
I was completely soaked but overall I enjoyed it.