CTC Lejog 2010
Day Minus One
I repeated Lejog with the CTC this year, having done it last year, also in July.
British cyclists are obsessed with this tour and indeed there are finer tours you can do in Britain, but this one has the feather-in-the-cap element and I think that that's the attraction.
I decided around Christmas to repeat it, as Mary suggested it and I enjoyed it quite a lot the first time. I cycle all year round, but for this I decided to get extra fit and did about 12 weeks of around 200m/week, including two centuries, some hard hilly stuff , etc. I wanted to lose weight, and I started at 14.10, as against 15.12 last year. Big difference.
I had a different bike as well, a Thorn Raven Tour (Rohloff hub). I decided to bring a lot of gear this year as there was van support and it would carry what we didn't need during the day. This turned out to be a mistake (most of us made it) as we had too much kit to easily find stuff. I actually started with 43lb of kit!
Arriving from Cork in Newquay, courtesy of Southwest Air, I quickly got on the road. My bike flew naked, as they should (they suffer much less damage if they do. I've huge experience behind this statement).
I got on the bike and cycled into Newquay itself. It was quite difficult to get on the correct A road for Redruth (A3075? or some such number. Not A3). This was cycling hell. It was very very hilly, narrow, had hellish traffic and I'd a big load on the bike. I hated it. Eventually got to Redruth. Had to do a small bit on A3. Eventually you reach a place with a left turn, where cyclists are banned from going straight on. This takes you into Redruth. I stayed at the Penventon hotel where Mary and I had stayed for a night on a Cornish tour some years ago. Fine hotel, fantastic restaurant. Had gorgeous meal including sensational Creme Brule with rhubarb. One of the waiters was a double for David Beckham, though he had brown eyes (Everyone tells him that, it appears). I think that Becks has blue eyes, but it's not something that would keep me awake! Had a good night's sleep.
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