17 March 2017 0 Comments

The Season Rolls On

Hammer Time!

Sunday sees me at the Jodrell Bank Sportive in Cheshire. I’ve done this a few times including both the short (50 mile) and full (80 mile) variants and it’s an event I very much enjoy. The organisers recognise that for an early season ride you don’t need killer hills or excessive mileage. Leave the ton up and hillier events for when the weather warms up a bit. The 8o miler is largely flat for the first 60 miles or so with a few hills towards the end to spice up the challenge a little. This can make it quite tricky to get the pacing right because if you work too hard on the flat you leave yourself struggling on the hills. This is precisely what happened to me on all three occasions I have done this sportive in both long and shorter formats: I worked hard with some riders who were a bit stronger than me and they left me for dead once the road pointed upwards. Still, I managed to set reasonably creditable ?times, just missing out on the 4:30 mark last year. The weather forecast for Sunday leaves a lot to be desired, however with a windy and damp day forecast which may slow progress somewhat.

Organiser’s website

My account of last year’s ride

2011 – blogpost on the first time I did the longer route

The Cord Snapped – blogpost on the first time I did this event in 2010


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