The 100km route. 1200 m of climbing. On the fixed.
Picked up a friend in York, then registered and set off about 8:30.
As usual, I went far to hard at the start, despite trying to take it easy. I left Arch (who was on a recumbent trike, and expecting to go slowly anyway) and the others I'd met up with at the start behind. I felt great. I was powering down the hills and up the other side without a problem.
I stopped about 10km in to help a guy who was trying to change a puncture with only one tyre lever. He was impressed with the speed I got his tyre off and on again with my usual three. Arch and the rest of the group passed me. When I set off again I was flying with the tail wind and soon overtook Arch again. Couldn't resist flying up the hills.
I was on my own again for a while, and went past a guy from the group who'd bent a chain ring on the hills. The hills were starting to get a bit harder now, and I occasionally had to stop to give my legs a rest before carrying on.
Then at 50km in I ran out of water. I'd had two 750ml bottles of Torq energy drink, but after 3 hours I drained them both. I couldn't see a shop anywhere and it seemed like ages until the feed station.
I went through the delightfully named Wetwang at some point around here. I can't remember if it was before I ran out of water or not.
It was ages until the feed station. About another 17km. Without water this was a struggle, and I had to walk up a portion of one hill.
Then bliss. Water, bananas and flap jack. I drank half a bottle worth of water, made the rest up into some more Go Juice using some powder I'd brought along, and had about 5 glasses of juice as well.
I was well stocked up for the final portion of the ride now. My legs were getting pretty spent though. I struggled with the hills out of Warter and then was the big one. Called Nunburnholme hill, it's a long steep hill, over 10% gradient in places and a mile long.
I made an effort and was hopefully forcing my bike up the hill as the photographer lurked, rather than bending over the bars shaking and trying not to be sick.
I was determined to ride it though, and made it eventually. After stopped to admire the view several times. That view was well and truely admired by the time I was done.
The last 20km were fairly boring, after the interesting scenery. I was glad for the lack of hills, but mile after mile of dead straight road got a bit tedious.
I logged my time, and because this was a northern ride, got fed pie and peas at the end of it, washed down with cups of tea. Good recovery food and much needed.
It was a good day out, but I'm still suffering today. Very achey.
I looked at the published results, and they handily did it in spreadsheet format so you can sort by time. Do that one the 100km route, and go right to the bottom. Yes, the very last entry and you'll find my time. 6 hours and 46 minutes total time. So going to hard at the start really caught me out later on, as every single person I'd overtook, came past me again and I used up all my energy early on going stupidly fast up hills. Oh well, you'd think that one day I'd learn.
I think I'm going to struggle on the Phil Liggett Challenge ride (still places left on that if you want to join me, 8th August) which has got 2600m of climbing and is 150km long. I'll be doing that on the geared bike though. If I manage it at the speed I did this weekend's ride on, it will take me roughly 11 hours. I will take it easy at the start though. Gear down and spin gently.
I'm determined to do the 150km route though, I failed it last year and bailed at the 100km split point, finishing the 100km route instead.
I'm also looking to do a flatish 200km around here somewhere, before I have a blood letting. Weekend of 21-22nd August is the planned time for that, although I haven't worked out a route yet.
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