Despite the recent wet weather Sunday morning was dry and much warmer than anticipated even though there was a strong westerly wind. We set off in force with 6 members of Southsea Fixed Gear, but after 25 miles Jesse, Tony and Ingrid turned for home due to work and family commitments. Leaving just Ben, Kirill and myself (Andy) with the remaining 125 miles.
With the summer sun already burning bright Arunas, Ben, Tony and myself Andy set off on a weekend adventure to Dorset on our track bikes.
So today the ladies from Southsea Fixed Gear (aka Lex (me) and Ingrid) embarked on our first 100miler without the lads for the global women’s cycling day that is Rapha’s Womens100. Fortunately we had a lovely group of ladies to join which was organised by Marcia Roberts from the Pompey Pedal Pushers.
For years I have had a plan to cycle from my current home of Southsea, on the South coast of England, back to my childhood home in Pampisford, Cambridgeshire. Up until recently this would have been a multi day trip and I have not had any real reason to do it. That was until I found out the Tour de France was going to be going past the end of my old road!!!
After chatting to Julia, our amazing Warm Showers guest, over a freshly prepared breakfast of banana, date and home grown strawberry smoothies with a few rounds of toast and giving our chains a good seeing to we finally left, late as always!
Whilst reading a blog about cycling in New Zealand I came across the tradition of riding all day during the longest day of the year, Summer Solstice. Being the southern hemisphere this is on the 21st of December, where as here in England its the 21st of June. This idea lead us to convince a few other member of Southsea Fixed Gear to set their alarms early and join us for a 04:45 start.
After a great weekend in Bristol, where a gang of us enjoyed the delights of Bristol’s premier BBQ festival GrillStock (yeah we know it’s a strange place for a couple of aspiring vegans to go but hay-ho we still had a great time), it was soon Monday morning and time to head 121 miles home.
After missing out on Spin Up In A Brewery last year due to making final arrangement ahead of our US tour we were both determined to join to party this time around!
In advance of the #woman100 on the 20th July I embarked on my own 100 miler a little early.