So last year I set myself the New Year’s resolution of taking part in an organised bike ride (having never done one before). Group riding isn’t something that I get involved with on a regular basis, in truth a good chunk of the regular riding I do is merely blasting into work with the route length getting longer as the weather gets better. Whilst the day itself turned into something of a grinding pain –fest, it was an enjoyable grinding pain-fest so I’ve signed up for another one this year!
This year it’s the London to Brighton Off-Road Challenge, this time the climbing is a little gentler (just over half of what the Peaks had to offer), but the distance is nearly double at just short of seventy-five miles.
So following the Christmas food and drink binge, the complete lack of cycling in December due to what is probably the most difficult client I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with I’m now back on the bike and trying to work my way up to the distance. I already know a couple of destination routes I can use to grind the miles out, and this time I at least know what to expect.