Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by stonecrd
Out on my daily yesterday and came up to a gentleman in his 60s riding a nice older Trek US postal bike with fancy Mavic Carbone wheels. I asked him how much he was riding today and I thought he said 100. I said, that sounds great how many more miles until you get to 100. He says no he has already done 100 and he is on is way to meet a club to ride another 40 for the day. Says he generally rides 50 in the morning and 50 in the evening 3-4 days a week. I just though how great it would be to be that age, that fit and have that much time to ride my bike each week.
I was out on a 1 day 80 mile ride offroad with one of my friends, and is a ride that is one of the cycle tours 2 or 3 day jaunts. Have to try one of those one day. Got to 10am from a 6 am start and we started up one of the long climbs. For an 80miler you do not put everything into it so were not surprised when a group that started about 100yards after us soon caught up with us. These were the business- top rate bikes- Riders had muscles where they should have been and the first 3 that caught up with us were gorgeous. Yep A girls group out riding. Started chatting and they asked where we were off to- Queen Elizabeth Park- was our reply-- "Us too" said the girls-Next question- "Where did you start" asked the girls- "Eastbourne" we replied-- "No where did you start this morning- and were you in a hotel or B&B?" "Eastbourne" we replied again and at that they dropped back. Then another gorgeous girl on an even better bike caught us up and she could not stop laughing. She was the head of this group and they were on a 3 day trek- doing what we were doing in one day. When they saw us and how slow we were travelling- the 3 "Cocky" girls had decided to show the rest how fit they were by catching us up. They had meant to impress us with the distance they were riding on this expedition, but Us two riders- had shown that they were not as fit as they should have been.
Memory has dimmed things now, but on a similar ride around this time we met a couple of Danish Girls on the same ride. Not as Good looking as the first group we met, but they were riding across the south of England and doing as much as possible offroad. One of their fathers was in a back up vehicle that met them at Midday and night. We met them on the second day and they planned 95 miles that day. The previous day they had arrived at Dover and ridden 115 miles but they cheated apparantly as they had done 70 of it on the road. We asked then to keep in contact and 3 days later they had reached the tip of Cornwall. About 400 miles in 5 days, and at least half of it offroad. Now that is what I call back to back metrics as 6 days later they were on the boat home after riding back again.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.