Member14 July 2013 at 8:17 pm
Been planning my first 100 mile ride for a few weeks now.. The weather has been perfect recently but at 26c today certainly didn’t make the things any easier! I set off early doors, weather was a bit cooler and overcast so I was hopeful of a easier start, no chance! Hit the first climb within 9 miles, 800ft, and out the sun came. There it stayed for the whole day.. First climb out of the way I headed away from my home in Durham into Northumberland and specifically Hexham. The head winds were showing their hands early today but a superb descent into Hexham town centre evened things out. Fast downhill with some lovely smooth switchbacks, great fun. Out of Hexham we headed (me and bike lol) onto another 800ft climb.. Long one this topping out on the North Pennine moors. The headwinds were really picking up now but keeping me cool at the same time.. Legs felt fine, breathing fine, all good. Another cracking descent, tight twisty hairpins with fast sections in between, great fun. The route levelled out after this for around 5 miles then a stormer of a climb, into headwinds, up onto Alston moors in Cumbria..
After topping out at 1500ft the descent into Alston was a welcome break. Fast again. The climb through Alston high street was torturous, steep with exposed cobbles, I didn’t need this as I was having cobble issues of my own!! Backside was really aching even after creaming up! We ploughed onto Nenthead and after a quick refuel at the bike shop set off up Nenthead bank. Killer! Temps were around 28c now with no wind, the summit being 2000ft. Uber fast descent past Killhope mines after that with the headwind now becoming a tailwind. The doubt monkeys briefly showed their face as my left quads twitched for the first time! Didn’t need this after only 60 miles lol Things flying along now, averaging 20mph for mile after mile. Unplanned stop at Wolsingham for coke and cake..
The temp is really going up now, I back off a bit but the legs are starting to moan.. We pass through Stanhope and onto Crook. The road surface for the next 15 mile is absolutely diabolical, some councils need imprisoning I whinge to myself! As we ascend into Durham, out of the blue, both legs cramp up! Off the bike I wander around on the side of the road for 5 mins like a chicken on stella.. The road levels out from here to Chester Le Street but the worst is yet to come.. To make the 100 miles I have to take a longer route home. I climb the by-pass from Chester/Birtley to Stanley and this is without doubt the hardest 12 miles of my cycling career! Head wind, long climb, heavy traffic, heat, but worst of all is the road surface, seriously gnarly and it’s sapping my energy! My arse is also suffering! We top out in beautiful Stanley the again into the wind head home.. It was without doubt harder than I thought. Mainly due to the heat. But the cramps took me by surprise too.. I stayed hydrated throughout the day but to no avail! So to anyone considering it for the first time, defo have a go but choose your day carefully.. And to those (i.e Gunner et all) who do these rides and make them sound like a jolly day out..
Respect 😆 😉
Around 6.5 hours..
Member14 July 2013 at 8:27 pm
Excellent stuff. 😀
You must have been gutted by the flat battery. 😡
Very well done. 😉
Member14 July 2013 at 10:05 pm
Good effort, and a healthy pace! The heat wouldn’t have helped the cramps mind. I’ve started using electrolyte tablets in my drinks and they seem to help.
Member15 July 2013 at 1:03 pm
Nice one mate. Well done, sounds a great ride, and what a day for it.
Member15 July 2013 at 1:10 pm
Great effort Rez !
Member15 July 2013 at 6:23 pm
16.4mph avg 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 😯 and you were worrying!! superb performance.
Member15 July 2013 at 7:31 pm
Cheers chaps, really enjoyed it, especially now the pain has subsided. Next!
Member15 July 2013 at 8:51 pm
Well done sir, hats off to you