We chose the 48 mile ride (the other option was the 100 mile “sportive” but that seemed a little too far and too fast for our bikes).
As last year, Heather rode Mayfair her single speed classic with a shopping basket on front, although this year I was on a Giant 4 – courtesy of Ridewise. Also like last year we cycled to and from the event and were quite please that the starting point was a couple of miles closer than last year.
Despite the weather of the last few months, it was a pleasant day – sunny at times, overcast at others, with a stiff breeze from time to time. But not cold, nor wet.
We had a sense of achievement at the end of it – more than just the medal! Although the ride was shorter than last year, our average speed was greater, we completed the course in significantly less time than the 2011 ride and we were not as tired afterwards.