Karlos
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Karlos
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15 Oct 2014

My first 100 mile bike ride 11 October 2014

On 11th October 2014 I rode my first 100 miler (The Wiggle New Forest 100). It was quite an eventful day!! I got up at 5.15 am to get to the start point at 7.40am. I rode with 2 other guys (Father and son). The start was dry but one of my colleagues got a puncture 9 miles in. I don't know what wheels or tyres he had on but they were so tight we couldn't get the tyre back on. We admitted defeat and called for back up. Luckily there was a mechanic with us within 5 minutes. Even the mechanic struggled with the tyre so we didn't feel too embarrassed. At 17 miles one of my fellow riders slipped on a cattle grid and crashed quite badly. My other friend went right into the back of him. luckily, I was at the back and just managed to avoid a collision. Thanks Michael Hobster for the cattle grid advice . Anyway, my friend who fell first hurt his knee quite badly and had blood running down his leg. He was also feeling sick (probably a bit of shock). We called the back up number again and waited and waited. It started to rain heavily at this point!! After about 20-25 minutes no help came and my friend said he wanted to carry on. So we did. He was obviously struggling and after a lot of thought he and the other rider decided to cycle the shorter route. I had a choice.. I could carry on with the epic 100, cycle the Standard route or continue with my riding buddies and do the short route. I decided to go for Standard. At 30 miles we separated where the course split and I continued to the first pit stop a few miles down the road. At this point I realised I was on my own for the rest of the day. I checked the map and I saw that the Epic route was only 20 miles more than the Standard. Epic it was then . There were lots of short, very steep climbs which tested my climbing ability. Later, the sun came out and it got a little warmer (thank goodness). The rest of the ride was quite uneventful and I found a few people to cycle with. I did have to tell my legs to "shut up" a few times. After 8 3/4 hours I finally finished. My cycling time was 7 hours 9 minutes with an average of 14mph. I was quite happy with that. Had a nice hog roast and a cup of tea at the finish. I even purchased a mug. What a day . Would I do it again? Oh Yeah. (My friends are fine by the way).

Comments

16.10.2014

Well done Karlos!

Sounds like you really enjoyed the ride and that training is going really well - if you're at 100 miles already you're well on track for London to Paris. Keep up the good work and good luck with all your fundraising! 

16.10.2014

Thanks Andy. :-)