Gareth H
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Gareth H
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18 Jul 2014

The longest and hilliest ride so far, on a very hot day,

Saturday 12th July was a hot day 26, 27C and the chance of a thunderstorm, not the greatest day to try an epic 75 mile ride, but hey ho. Firstly it stayed dry, until I was safely home with a nice chinese for tea in front of the telly.

This ride was a combination of two rides from a book of Sout East England Cycle Tours plus ride a down to get them. The ride out to Addington was fine if a little slow as I'd never riden out that way. Few hills round Croydon and then I climbed up Featherbed Lane it was a gradual climb not too steep which suited my legs, turned of down a bcak road and found one of the best on road descents I have ever ridden before climbing back onto the downs to follow the guide books routes. I encountered two problems which kept my average speed low, the tours were on back lanes which were narrow and lumpy turning regulaty at little junctions so hard to mainain good speed like a nice A road fot 5 miles , secondly Google Maps needs a good 4g signal and took ages to refresh in the countryside, I climbed lots of hills and at times resorted to Jens Voights technique of telling my legs to shut up. I may have sounded  like a nutter but it got me up a few hills .

Then I hit Carters Hill at 55 miles in it was nearly 20% for over a mile, halfway up I got up and pushed may arms were wobbling and I couldn't shout at my legs any more feeling slightly delfalated I pressed on but was feeling shattered. On the last climb from Brasted onto the North Downs a climb I was dreading, as it got steeper I stopped and checked the map. Turned out  I didn't have to climb the steep route as I didn't want to go to Bromley, I need edto follow the Pilgrims Way which did the climbed at a much more gentle gradient and so I got up to top of the downs and despite having done 70 miles or so let my legs loose and powered to the station at a steady 18-20mph. Got to the station bought some Stellas and Samosa from the local shop to aid the recovery process and I let the train take the strain home

Next up another 70 miler but on flatter roads out to Marlow