Prudential ride London
All prepared and ready
On the way to the start
10 Miles in
20 miles in
30 miles in
40 miles in
60 miles in
75 miles in
I will break it down in a few small paragraphs. I left the house at 6:30 am, this and got to the start gate at 6:56 I just rode down there slow just to warm up. The bike was fully prepped I only took two inner tubes, tyre lever one 1 litre bottle, camera, portable charger and headphones. At the start gate, they ended up having me waiting for an hour before they moved us to the start point.
The start was a staggered launch which ended putting me right in the middle of the riders which at the very beginning was a bit of difficult one as you’re trying to wiggle through the slower riders but not overexerted yourself as you still have a full 100 miles to ride but the 10 mile point the group had broken done and I could get into a comfortable rhythm and at the 20 mile point was a small stop where I refilled my water and picked up two energy bars.
Working to the halfway point
At the 30 – 40 mile point, this is one of the hardest zones for me anyway as I started running into the hills which even in the lowest gearing was taking it toll and it what really slowed me down and messed up my average speed. At the 50 mile point, the weight of the portable battery pack on my helmet was starting to takes its toll and my back was starting to give out. I had a good rest taking 15 minutes to refuel with bananas and light snacks.
The 60 – 75 mile was not too bad at the start of the 60 but after the food, I started to burn off I was starting to feel the fatigue in my knees and calves. This with some of the hill resulted in my having to get off at some of the steepest points and just walk up a bit. This, in turn, did destroy my cleats as I didn’t take my cleat covers so 70-75 with a foot that would keep popping out the pedal was starting to drag but I managed to push through and get to the third hub where I could refuel.
Coming to an end
I rested for a little longer taking 20 minutes to eat and go to the restroom. The last 25 wasn’t as bad I tried some cliff boost gels which did a huge treat helping me regain energy. This allowed me to push through the pain and the fact that it was coming up to an end. especially at the end where I realised, I could finish it in the 6 hours that I wanted to achieve was close. ( i just missed it by 2 minutes but I was close enough )
At the end, I finished up and got my medal and it was all over. The ride wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be the training did help, but when I do it again I would need to adjust the training to accommodate for longer distance between breaks and a big one is work on my hill climbing. The bike held up well until the 75 mark where I had stretched off the gear cable as I had never used the gears so much in my life. This wasn’t a problem but it was annoying when it started to jump gears and hesitate when going up or down in gears. Other than that the bike was ok. The walking ruined my cleat and the bottom of my overshoes both which are neither expensive to repair but I will have to at some point. Overall I had a great time and will definitely sign up to my sportive and be getting out on the bike more.
Thanks to everyone who donated I just managed to raise all the money it came down to the finish line I was unable to take live video but below I will attach a youtube clip of a majority of the ride I recorded which was second best.