I’m still buzzing from a road ride I did with Keith and Barrie last night. Around 29 miles or so along a flatish route from Bookham, to Cobham, Ockham, A3, Wisley, Sendmarsh, West Horsley and then back down to Effingham via East Horsley and then on to Bookham.
On the face of it, a nice route for an evenings ride with just 925ft of climbing. Except it was one of the hardest I’ve ridden!
Part of the reason for that was it was bloody fast by my standards – we averaged 19.2mph for the route and covered the distance in around 1 hour 20 mins.
Barrie and Keith are strong riders and we all took our turn leading to tow each other along, at least in the first half against a strong headwind at times. By the second half, I was gradually needing to tuck in behind them more and more as I was knackered, but hung in grimly even though both backed off a bit to keep me there.
I didn’t suffer any sugar crashes or anything like that but the workrate was relentless, even though I think we all were thoroughly enjoying ourselves. How weird.
After the ride I said to Keith and Barrie that was in my top three list of hard rides ever but I unfortunately can’t remember what the other two were! Maybe Borden is in there though…
So I was wondering, forget this was a road ride, forget the distance, forget the details. What’s the hardest ride the rest of you have had and why?
Do tell by leaving a comment below…