David S
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Training continues

David S
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13 Aug 2014

Pushing 70 miles and over 1,400 m of climbs

With less than 3 weeks before the off, Jonathan and I figured we needed to test our legs and endurance a bit and Saturday's weather looked good (and a lot better than Sunday) for the ride. Our target was to go over 60 miles and test our endurance in the saddle for a period of over 4 hours. So I planned a route that gave us some options but would include a couple of testing climbs with the big one being Edge Hill just north of Banbury.

Fuelled up on porridge we set out at 7am and headed South West out of Nothamptonshire and into the Cotswolds, passing by the brewert at Hook Norton but no time for a beer, not today. The wind was light and our pace a comfortable 15 miles per hour. This was a test of endurance not a race.

After about 20 miles and a fast descent into Whichford, we turned north through Stourton, the Brailes and onto Kineton for a brief stop, cup-o-tea and a bacon buttie. Then West to the big climb of the day, Edge Hill, a half mile 14% climb. Catching our breath and some great views across the plains we headed through the festival village of Cropredy, our first check point. We felt good so decided to extend the route north towards Byfield before our return home.

All in all this was a great ride. We put 69 miles in, climbed over 1,400m and sat in the saddle for nearly 5 hours. A few more of these and we should be good for the day.