My first sportive: the Big G 2012
Sunday 15th July 2012
Preparing for the Big G Cyclosportive Grimpeurs des Wolds
Preparing isn't quite the right word, actually. Ideally I should have been doing regular shorter, faster rides than I have, and be tapering off by now. Instead I have done a long ride every week or so, ending with one of around 190 miles at 13mph last Saturday. Anyway, today I felt I needed to ride at least half the distance of next Saturday's 100km cyclosportive, a bit quick. I wanted to get in three decent climbs (Brantingham Dale, Trundlegate and South Cave's Beverley Road) and was looking for an overall average of over 16mph. I just about managed it. On the day I may be able to tuck away amongst stronger riders for a while, but some of the hills are steeper and longer.
Monday 16th July 2012
Winged Wheels (well, sort of)
I've borrowed some light wheels. These fellahs weigh in at 1380 grams. That's only about 10% heavier than the own brand front wheel alone on my road bike. I reckon I need an edge on those hills.
My legs have ached all day. And I have chafing issues
Tuesday 17th July 2012
Bit of a rest day. Indexing out
The new wheels are on, but the indexing is out. I think I need a spacer. I also think I'm getting a cold. My voice is croaky and I have a cough. Brilliant. Not much of a ride – just around the block because of the rain. Legs are still aching. Call in at a knowledgeable neighbour's to ask if the wheels have too much play. Apparently not. Arrange to meet Francis and Scott on Saturday at 7.30am in Molescroft. Getting a bit excited.
Wednesday 18th July 2012
Feeling lousy (and road closure)
Drove a bit of the route today on a family outing. It all seems quite a bit hillier than I imagined. Interestingly, the B1246 had a road closed sign on it between Warter and the left turn before Pocklington. A bloke in a white pickup truck told me it would be closed for four weeks. Emailed Big G organiser [edit: perhaps I misread - apparently the road should be open on Saturday. Maybe it read four DAYS?]. Went to Chiropractor. Feel like I've been run over. Aching and shivery and no appetite. It's not looking good