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Sunday, June 30, 2013

Today was Cycletta day. We were up at 4.30 and swigging coffee by 4.40am. We left home at 05:10 and arrived at Woburn Abbey at 7am and wandered about a bit, put the wheels back on my bike and checked the true.
I have been experiencing a rumble from my cassette and it seems that my chain is worn so the lovely people at Liv/Giant fitted me a new chain, before the event, free and for gratis. I was impressed.
I went through the start at 09:12am and the first 2 miles were downhill, most of the rest of the ride wasn't. I climbed nearly 800 feet in 36 miles. I know that doesn't sound much but some of those hills were brutal. My descending has got better though and I was going downhill at around 32mph. My bike handles wonderfully and my brakes are good so I have to confidence to change down and pedal. That bike goes like the wind.
Due to the heat, I ran out of gas at about 12 or 13 miles. The hills had taken their toll and I hadn't got around the first lap yet. There was some confusion with the route too. We were told 2 small laps and then off on a seperate lap and then back to Woburn Abbey. It was actually 2 big laps and the girl on the info desk is an idiot. After I got back to Woburn for the first time, I was really suffering in the heat. Helmets might be safe and de rigeur for sportives but they don't let the heat out.
I struggled with the uphills on the second lap and stopped at the water/sweetie stop and filled my bottle up again and ate half a bite sized brownie. It just make me feel like throwing up. I had 2 bananas though and a couple of jelly babies. Instant sugar! I grabbed a couple of gels too. Onwards again to the next water stop - this is where we discovered that the info woman should be shot for false info - and another banana and gel (and jelly baby) and then I battled my way back to Woburn.
I had to stop on a couple of hills and the hill up to the car park was horrible, followed by a massive - and fast - downhill and a left hander back into the deer part towards the finish. We went back the way we came so a 2 mile uphill slog to the finish line. Once I saw that finish line I went from 7 mph to 25 mph. Finish folks not impressed as the run in, after the finish line, is about 10 metres.
I had to have a sit down once I got off my bike and a lovely Gahnain lady came over and helped me pour water all over my head to cool me off. We are now thinking that I was suffering with a little heatstroke. I have a headache now.

2 hours and 56 mins moving time for 36 miles is not that great. I thought that I was never going to finish the event. I decided against the pamper as I just wanted to go home before I fell over. Pain is temporary, Quitting is forever and I am not a quitter.

Recovery ride tomorrow. Nice and steady in the evening coolness. The goodie back was epic and my medal is gorgeous. I will try to add it to my photos tomorrow.

Night all
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  • CATMAN124
    I have to disagree there, an average of 14-15 mph is pretty good over the range of up and down-hill. Sounds like it was a good ride all in all and a well deserved medal too.
    1813 days ago
  • BRANDI1809
    Congratulations. You're a star, well done completing the course. I hope you have recovered by now.
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    1813 days ago
  • KAYDE53
    I knew you would do it!!! Bravo!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1813 days ago
    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So glad you toughed it out. Great Job
    1813 days ago
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