Staffs to Snowdon Update: True Grit – The Outlaw (100km)

From previous rides I headed into this one thinking I might finish around the 5 hour mark. The write up mentioned some of the North Yorkshire Moors ‘notorious’ climbs, well it proved to be the downfall for me. I don’t mind telling you that I had to walk some of them, some where unridable and I was thankful for my carbon bike which I happily slung over my shoulder, while others where down to my legs not being powerful enough and probably more important that the gearing on my bike was inadequate for the ride.
I rode with Jonathon & Bez, if you read this ever thank you so much for letting me tag along with you. The difference it makes having someone to chat to is immense, trust me I have spent many hours riding along with just my own thoughts and conversation. They both gave me great advice regarding my gear ratios and how to improve the hill climbs. But every time we hit a hill I had to watch them both disappear off into the distance leaving me gasping for air to end up walking the last bit of the hill. I managed to catch them back up again which I’m sure they rode a bit slower for me although they both denied this.
I completed the ride in 6 hours 22 minutes which I was happy with as I know I rode consistently throughout. I did check on Strava and all I can find is a chap that finished in 3rd place (although it is not a race) with a time of 5 hours 43 minutes. So only 38 minutes behind third place. Normally I finish half way through the toal amount of riders. Anne said there where either 237 or 257 riders on the outlaw and I recon I am easily within the top 50. All in all I feel I must be improving.
So what is next?
July 8th I’m doing a ride down on Exmoor which is a MTB event, and between now and then I will be changing my gear ratios on my cross bike and doing a few rides with some hills.
Only 32 days until the challenge ride to Snowdon, have I done enough? We will soon see.

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Staffs to Snowdon Update: 40 Days To Go!!!

It is starting to dawn on me know that in only 40 days I will be attempting my challenge.

Have I done enough training?
Am I ready?

Well I suppose we will find out soon enough.

I just want to thank those who have supported me along the way, and a special thanks to Anne who has endured my every increasing cycling program. Not once has she complained about the amount of time I’m spending out on my bike. Nor has she said anything about the endless upgrades and ‘must have’ bits of kit and bike parts that seem to be never ending.

And to those who have shown their support through sponsorship, thanks for every penny that you have donated.

My riding events have been going really well. I a MTB Marathon in Wantage a few weeks ago. I did this on my cross bike which was a mistake and made all the more painful knowing that my mountain bike was back at the campsite. Oh well, another lesson was learnt. I won’t make the same mistake on the next event in this series down on Exmoor on July 8th.

But before then on the 24th June I have the ‘Yorkshire True Grit’ which is a 100km gravel riding event. I will be looking to maintain an average speed of 20kph which is a respectable 12.5 mph. This should see me finish the event in 5 hours riding time.

So that is it for now, just more of the same grinding out the miles, keep on attacking those hills and keep the legs spinning.

I know it is all working, and it will all be worth it, but the prospect of my challenge as it gets closer is looking like a bad idea. Anyway to late to back out now, not that i want to.

My next post I will share my planned route and times with you for the big day.

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