put me back on my bike
Join Date: Sep 2001
Location: La Rochefoucauld, Charente, France
Bikes: Airbourne Carpe Diem + own brand fixed gear
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109k in the Chiltern Hills and around the Thames valley near Henley.
The weather forecast was for gales and storms, and as a reslut there were only about 20 riders at the start.
Very hilly first 20k, and then some pleasant riding about the Thames valle. I fell off the bike crossing Hambledon lock. The signs did say walk across, but I got cocky and rode across. The bike slipped on a metal grid.
For the second half of the ride, the gales did start, as well as some heavy rain. Sometinmes the headwinds were so strong I had to pedal downhill just to keep going.
The last 20k were very grim, wet, cold, hard work and a bastard hill (Bledlow Ridge) about 8k from the end. I took 5.5 hours to do the distance, but that included a stop for coffee at halfway.
Great sence of achievement and cameraderie at the end to have ridden in such awful conditions.
Got home and had to immediately start drying all my kit ready to put it on for the cycle into work this morning. (more rain!)
The older I get the better I used to be.