Although this is my training blog for the London Marathon, those of you who know me will know that my one true love is cycling. Most weekends I can be found doing a sportive around the home counties. These rides vary in length & terrain. Today I did one of the hardest ones, The Hell of the Ashdown.
I was joined by Sandra & my friend Tony from the gym, we left Biggin Hill & started our way. We came to the first hill & as we changed down Sandra's chain came off. It's just too steep to get going on these hills (it was 25% in places).
Regrouping at the top we continued to cycle towards the top of the Westerham ridge & bang it all went wrong for Tony. His chain snapped & tore the rear derailer clean off his bike. That was the first 2 miles done & we were down to just Sandra & I.
The next 4 miles were uneventful & we started the 2 mile climb up Toys Hill. I got about three quarters of the way up & was hit by a car. How hard is it to see someone of 19 stone wearing bright yellow lycra??
Fortunately I was uninjured & my bike was fine. My hip however was a little sore, so we called it a day before any more catastrophies could befall us!!
Back to running from tomorrow, it appears to be safer??!!