After the success of last week's 40 mile ride I thought this week I’d step it up a little to a 50 miler to keep the progress going, but oh no…. I got a phone call early on Saturday morning from Mark to inform me that there was a space was available on the Towcester Cobbler bike ride – a 60 mile ride. This was an additional 20 miles to my previous week, needless to say I panicked!
Mark assured me that I’d be fine and told me to stock up on carbs. I spent the day eating and enjoyed a carb loaded meal with my family at Frankie & Benny’s on Saturday night, followed by an early night to prepare myself for the challenge ahead.
I was up at 6am for an hour drive to Towcester with a huge mug of coffee to hand, we arrived in good time for the 8.30am start and it suddenly dawned on me that my 60 mile challenge awaited… Luckily I remembered my saddle cream!
OMG 60 miles is not easy! I was surrounded by other mad cyclists who were also putting their bodies through pain and we faced wind, hail, rain and 5c temperatures. They called the route “lumpy” - that’s hilly to you and I - but I did it in a respectable 4 hours. I was pretty chuffed!
It made me realise that this massive Paris challenge is doable albeit I will need to do that and more 4 days running!
Danny Breithaupt is the Managing Director of The Restaurant Group's Leisure Division, and will be taking on our London | Paris: Be Unstoppable cycling challenge in June 2014 to raise money to help beat blood cancer.