What a year this has been. I’ve had some fantastic rides with the CTC culminating with the Wild Wales. This has been my most memorable event as it was the event of legends. I didn’t ride it as a Northender as I wasn’t one at the time but rode it as a CTCer. It was a great event, i rode it with people I knew and we didn’t get lost thanks to the Garmin Edge 305.
These were not at race pace but at a pace an average cyclist could maintain.
Think 13 mph and you should be OK.
The Audaxes and Ray taught me a bit of discipline. Pacing is what it is all about in audaxes. A group suffers at the controls as the individual dosn’t hang around.
I’ve had some great moments on the Audaxes on 2007, Ray,s sense of balance meant we all finished what we had started with no one left behind. Numbers are set to increase for 2008. This is all good stuff as the group is more powerfull than the individual. Unless I am on the front trying to maintain 13 mph into a 26 mph headwind (Poynton to Chirk). From coming from nothing it was a groundbreaking year.
The Tour de France Prologue was amazing and I was glad to have been there. Red Ken deserves the credit, a tribute to cycling.
Highlight of the year was the TLI Roadraces at Oulton Park, following 1 Brimtage 8.75 mile TT I deceided to take on Britains Best amateurs. This was perhaps a step too far. Lapped after 6 laps was hard enough but at least I wasn’t dragged off the track, that was to come. A great series and something to look forward to for 2008.
I also had a great time plotting out then riding the Steve Cummings training rides from Cycling Weekly. I was between groups at the time and this was the chance to see what I was made of on my own. Done solo there is always enough interest in the route to keep you occupied. Do you have the nerve not to brake down Dark Arc Lane or how much speed do you have up the switchback. I was at a peak around this time and riding for the fun of it.