Got this ride tomorrow. Only a gentle ride- except for the numbers involved. It will not be a fast ride- or one to enjoy- It can only be classed as a fun ride. Plenty of other riders- very few of whom will be experienced riders so- It will be a ride where I look after myself. Too many people on the ride to cause problems.
So- This afternoon I have been preparing the bike. Didn't take much as all my bikes(ahem) are in perfect condition. Problem is What Bike to Use?
Last year I did it on the OCR3 for the first time on a road bike. Triple crankset and a good solid bike for the knocks it would take. Since then I have got a couple of other bikes. The Boreas that is superb. Lightweight rides a dream and doesn't get out very often. Save it for the important rides. Then there is the Hack bike- The Giant TCR C. Good bike again- Not as light as Boreas but still rides well.
The problem on what bike to use is that I do not know which one to use. The OCR is built like a tank at 19lbs- has the triple crankset for the one hill that might require it. The TCR rides well- goes up hills- but will not take the knocks. and If you thought Crit racing was dangerous- this ride is lethal. Then there is Boreas. A joy to ride- seem to propel itself up slopes- lightweight and I like it.
So problem- Do I take the chance with the decent bikes and at least enjoy the ride- Or- take the OCR and join in with the rest and swear at the hills- the slopes- the other riders and the lack of Toilet facilities when you want them.
Details of the ride. London to Brighton-54 miles and only one hill of note- 5 miles from the end that is a 10% for a mile. Large number of riders -33,000 of them- most of whom will not be experienced riders and will be trying to knock you off your bike. Will probsably take about 6 hours- due to the numbers and most slopes will be blocked with walkers taking the whole of the road. Attachments from last year and show the typical riders that are on the ride.
I have made up my mind and the bike is ready- But what do you think I should Ride?