WVW on his way to Edinburgh and back!
WVW. Man and machine?
Doing my own thing until I decided it was about time to do other things too.
Best/worst moments on a bike?
When the ride suggestion was for a fifty mile loop round Hertfordshire, I had no idea what I was in for. There were two groups going and I optimistically went with the later fast group, who would be chasing the earlier, slower group.
Ollie and Ben were my only companions. We started out going up Swain’s Lane and I immediately put myself into the red. I was just trying to keep up with Ollie and Ben as they chatted away up the severe climb. When we got to the top I felt like throwing up but they drilled it down the road.
I assumed that there would be some point where I could recover. But no. Ollie and Ben were intent on catching the slow group.
Twenty miles in, I was wondering if my heart would explode when Ben shouted “Team Time Trial”. Ollie and Ben upped the pace and I realised that they hadn’t even been trying that hard while I was dying in the back. I tried to keep up but after a couple of seconds they were disappearing down the road.
They kindly waited for me at each junction, and then we caught the slow group at the top of the next hill. They’d been delayed repairing a puncture (for over 30 minutes). I’ve never been so happy to see anyone in my life.
WVW, first from the left, is also the happiest man in the world
Oh, and another thing…
I was riding back from my first ever ride with the B’s, having just really enjoyed my first group ride out of London. But as I came over Hammersmith bridge a plastic bag blew into my rear derailleur, ripping it clean off and into my back wheel.
After carrying my bike across London, it took the shop two weeks to fix. Shortly after I got ti back I was riding through Camden when my rear derailleur caught in my spokes, ripping clean off and jamming in my back wheel again.
Arriba, WVW and Captain Brutalis keeping the winter at bay
Come on, there must be some best moments?
Doing the Herts loop again, but this time being more prepared. I had enough food and water, and when Ben shouted “Team Time Trial” I not only managed to hang on but put in a couple of turns in the front as well.
What bikes do you own?
A Kona Zing. I thought it looked cool and was a good deal. I’ve since spent a huge amount changing components!
I also have a no-nonsense Brompton. The whole reason I got into cycling was from riding my single speed around London. I sold it to make space for the Kona, but missed just getting on the bike and riding. It’s a great option for just getting about without putting on Lycra, and its small enough to fit into the flat.
What does your cycling future hold?
In a few days time I’m going to take on the challenge of London Edinburgh London (LEL). A 1,441km route with only 100 hours to complete it. I start at 8am on a Sunday (30 July 2017), so have until noon on Thursday to finish it. It only happens once every four years, and I signed up three years ago, so I was kind of ignoring it until January. Since then I’ve found out how boring I find endurance cycling. I’m really looking forward to the challenge of LEL and the experience of riding it, but I doubt I’ll do another.
Leading the way with WVW
Instead I’m going to focus on crit racing (dare I dream of a top ten placing), getting a sub 6-minute lap round Regent’s, and just having fun (plenty of that with the B’s). There might be some bike packing in my future, but I’ll definitely be keeping it casual. No distance goals or time frames, just the fun of the ride, beers in the evening and coffee in the morning.
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