Saturday 18th October : Flippin’ Technology
A long & hilly route was planned by our very own John Cooper; one that nobody, not even John himself, knew… this had the potential to go very wrong! This was not helped when I received a text at 9.30 from John saying I would be leading it by myself.
So anyway to try and help myself I borrowed a Garmin 800 and that’s where it all went wrong, a catastrophic mix of user error and s**t technology resulted in the A ride riding through several housing estates before heading back towards Manchester after only 15 miles.
However, all was not lost. Johns route was out the window, the Garmin was turned off and I went back to the way we used to plan rides, keep riding down roads and hope you don’t get lost. 70 miles, 4500 feet of climbing, one café stop, a whole lot of headwind, no punctures and a couple of very near bonks later and we made it. Even after the countless times I claimed this was the last climb there were no complaints and a good effort was put in by all.
You will all be relieved to hear I’m not leading any rides for a while now.
Sunday 19th October : FKPW & Cubar Gap
Some people learn from their experiences and some do not, it would appear this week I fall into the latter group! Yet again I arrive to a hard ride having been drinking the night before, someday I might learn the two don’t mix but until then I’m going to suffer.
Thankfully today I wasn’t leading the ride and I had brought a friend from rowing along to go slower up the hills with me.
As is to be expected in a ride with 6500 feet of climbing things started going up hill pretty quickly, however, much to my own surprise I was still going after 20 miles!
Finally good luck to everyone doing the BUCS Hill Climb! Smash it!