Preparations build up pace for the Peaks ride, as your tour guide went about his pre-route selection ride today. Sadly Max is down some Norwegian mineshaft again, so the jaunt had to be made alone.
Suffice to say that this year's trail builds on the lessons learnt from last year's ride - being more compact, with less hike-a-bike (now down to 2 - but less than 7 minutes in total), with greater views and longer descents. All the ascents are picked to be rideable by me - so that means anyone can do it - although some are quite long, requiring a modicum of pacing and a decent granny ring! There is even some Lewis Collins road work on the route, which should stop Ed floating off to find his own safe tarmac this year...
Due to the slow uptake of interest this year, I thought I would reveal a couple of new features earlier than intended. Firstly there will be a 'King of the Mountains' competition and prize, centred around a nadgery if not gnarly climb. Based on a longest drive golf competition, each rider tries the ascent, stopping where they first dab and waiting for the next rider to try and beat their achievement.
Secondly there will be prizes for a number of inevitable events and mishaps that will occur during the day, namely:
> The Hilts Trophy for the Majorest Mechanical
> The Lantern Rouge Trophy for Worst Ride of the Day - voted secretly by all participating riders
> The Best Turned Out Bike and Rider Award - again voted by the riders
> The Own the Hill Award for best overall effort shown on the grinds - Captain's discretion
and of course, the biggy - the second Annual Retrobike Pub Quiz - can JV hang on to his crown for another year?
NB. As we are riding earlier in the year and all contained (hopefully) in the same digs, there will be a Sunday ride option - a two hour hair of the dog affair, aiming to finish by 1pm for lunch and then carriages...
Here are some photos of today's ride - those of you familiar with the area may pick up clues as to the route...
PS. Heathy's sheep harem were still waiting for his return - pucker up kid!
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