Every now and then I contemplate going long to Ed's little ride round Herefordshire. Then I read something like this excellent report and I decide not to!
Don't be taken in by my poetic licence/BS - come along to the July road outing in Herefordshire, it'll be a great day out for all.
Another fantastic report ed
This should be a series, Ed's Sportive Adventures. Whats next?
I rode to week today. There was some slight drizzle and an incline at one point. It was most epic.
Your executive summary is spot on. Brutal indeed.
I rode it with 5 fellow members of the Kingston Wheelers. We had a bad start when our support van broke down 12 miles from the start - we had to remember the way down the dual carriageway from Compiègne to the start - not good.
Not much to say that hasn't been said really. Almost all of the cobbles were in a dreadful state that was made far worse by the torrential rain.
The support from the locals was fantastic. I would probably have crawled into a ditch for a cry if there weren't hundreds of people cheering me on.
I'm completely spent now, but the faithful Bob Jackson had no troubles more serious than a squeaky chain. Steel is most definitely real for that kind of ride.
158 miles plus 12 to the start. Quite a day out.
The Pavé souvenir on my desk somehow makes it all worth while, but seriously, never again!
Chapeau to 170 miles, that really is doing it properly (including the 12 mile warm up before the event so that you didn't go off cold). Any photos of the bike you used?