Haven't done a great deal over the winter and that was when the snow came and Road riding was out for a while. Couple of weeks ago went out on the Tandem and really enjoyed it. There is a thrill about being on a bike and negotiating the trails. it takes a different type of skill and at times a lack of brain.
So tonight instead of doing my usual 20 miles on the road- I got the Bianchi out. Quick check on the bike and change wheels to get rid of the Mud Tyres and out for a hill or two--Well not really- only one hill and that was enough.
I took the "Easy" route up to the top of the South Downs and nearly had to walk. I do not walk up hills so to be this shattered after the easy 1 mile climb shocked me. Legs were quivering- lungs I think I left halfway up and the water bottle was empty. I mean it. One hill that is the last one on the 100 mile ride I used to do and I was finished. Only one thing for it and down to Friston and the quick way home----After a stop in a pub to replenish the liquid I had lost.
So Looks like I am going to have to get the MTB serviced this week and get into the Forest to get some energy and strength back for road riding. I always said Road riding was easier- it is.
No pics so relying on "Old" Photos from a few years ago to show you the easy route to the top of the Downs.
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And the easy route is up a scree covered trail at an average of 12%