Just got the incentive to freeze my nuts off or get them washed away this winter. I don't do many 100 milers in a year and most of my riding is about 50 to 60 miles up a few slopes. I know I ought to do more but I just can't get the impetus to train harder or longer to be able to do a Century ride with ease. 65 miles is OK for me and even without any further training and the enforced layoff I have had for a month or so--I could do a metric century tomorrow. That is providing I can get my *ss in gear and prep the bike tonight and the temp is above 50F- no rain and not much wind so not much to stop me----Except me.
Well that has changed. There are a few Sportif rides in the country that are worth doing and they are generally oversubscribed. In View of the British resurgence in cycling after the Olympics- a few prestigious events have been arranged for next year. Couple have been run before and I know they were well supported. They are down in the west country so would need me to get the campervan up and running and usable as they would involve overnight stays for me. But there is the new one in a start in London and the course is just testing enough to say it should be a good ride and the climb is somewhere around the middle of the ride. Should be easy enough as last summer there were quite a few riders did the course and the event was televised. Didn't see anyone struggle except Mark Cavendish and he is not noted as a hill climber and it only happened after a few laps of BOX HILL.
In case you haven't guessed--The route is the one used in the Olympics except you only go up Box Hill once. I applied months ago and today I got the E-Mail to say that I have been accepted as a rider for the Events and riding for the Prostate Cancer UK Team. Not only for the London event but for all 3.
Gonna get my brain in gear and look at the dates to see if it is possible to do all 3 rides and the only sticking point is sponsorship. 1 event and I can probably raise the amount they want- but 3 Might be above my friends capabilities.
So I might not be available too much this winter as I will out there getting soaked- Preparing bikes or resting .