Sunday Feb 24, 2008

South Western Road Club's Early Spring 100km Cyclosportive

Today the Molesey BBT joined the South Western Road Club's Early Spring 100km Cyclosportive. The claimed 100km turned into 65 miles and they removed one early hill and inserted an extra one at around 32 miles. The weather could not have been more different from the last SWRC event I rode. Today it was warm and dry actually too warm for what I was wearing. The route took us over the North Downs twice over Leith hill and there was the bonus hill somewhere in Sussex. I would quite like to know exactly where the bonus hill was so I could avoid it in future. With the perfect weather the only problem was the that the roads in a number of places were damp and very slippy resulting in two fallers that I saw. I almost came a cropper on a left turn that had a man hole cover just in the wrong place however nothing more than a wobble and a comment of support from the rider I was trying to stay with.

A truly magnificent day. A well organised event, well signposted and a delightful route (except the hills). I ended up doing 92 miles by the time I had ridden to the event and ridden back all on just one banana which thankfully I was given at the halfway point.

Thank you to the SWRC.

Friday Jun 08, 2007

South Western Road Club May Cyclosportif - results

I got the results through for the South Western Road Club Cycle sportif, which is not a race but since they publish times you can see how well you did compared to others. I came in ninth, (fifth for my age group) which I find amazing:

9 05:03 Gerhard Chris E 05:03 GOLD

I've now forgotten the rain and how horrible the day was.

Sunday May 13, 2007

South Western Road Club May Cyclosportif

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 then on.

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 home.

I was completely soaked but overall I enjoyed it.


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