In advance of the #woman100 on the 20th July I embarked on my own 100 miler a little early.
In preparation for the ride and a good excuse to try out a great new restaurant we went out for dinner the night before to Thailand Cafe & Takeaway where in the words of Durianrider we Carb The F@%k Up!
The sun was shining and the conditions were perfect, so we set out as a team of five eager for the challenge. Unfortunately only 5miles into the ride one of us (Jesse) took a nasty fall due to the uneven surface popping a spoke on the Havant cycle path.
The path grated his body like a piece of cheese resulting in him bleeding alot and having to bail. This does not bode well for his sailing race across the Atlantic starting Monday, we wish you a swift recovery bro!!
We were gutted we lost Jesse, but we pushed on with the day. The landscape and scenery was phenomenal.
We took a short cut through my future estate.
I stocked up with plenty of provision, in fact the boys were mocking me for my squirrel pockets full of dates and bananas (these were vital in keeping my energy levels consistent).
During the toughest climb of the day (15% gradient), I felt my saddle jolt which resulted in it moving 90 degrees to the left.
I stopped to investigate and after checking all of the bolts we realized the design flaw in the BLB seat post and had to ride the remaining 30miles with a wonky saddle.
Overall a very beautiful, eventful and memorable ride. What I learned from this 100mile experience is that dates and bananas are my friend, dont stop for too long because you will lose your legs, buy cheap buy twice and always take a first aid kit!!!
Written by Alex Cuppleditch