I've gone and done something a little crazy.
As some of you may know, I like the odd TT or two. Short distance time trialling is an aspect of cycling I love – the pain and intensity of pushing yourself as hard as you can over 10 or 25 miles is a drug – one I've spent the winter training for.
So in a sadistic turn of events my club scored a bunch of free places for a two day, 180 mile charity sportive. The NSPCC Tour of the South East to be more specific. Not one to pass up a cycling opportunity, nevertheless a free one, in a blind moment of insanity I signed myself up!
Now this is no ordinary Sunday sportive. This is a ride with a difference. The roads will still be open, but cyclists will be split into ability groups and accompanied by Pro Peloton style motorcycle outriders and support vehicles. Each group will also be serviced by it’s own domestiques “with back up from an experienced crew of mechanics and soigneurs.”
Although I will have access to this full support team for the ride, each day is still roughly 90 miles with 6000 feet of climbing. One day of this would be a challenge for me, to get up the next day and do it all again might just finish me off! The website bills this ride as “a hard, long challenge, requiring dedication, commitment and months of training.”
I've got 8 weeks….
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