Tuesday, 3 May 2016

If Carlsberg did Bank holiday mondays.........

Then this would be one of them. 

The day started rather early for a bank holiday Monday seeing me down at the Lovelo Sportive start line at approximately 0645 to help out with the set up ahead of their annual sportive which consisted of a 50k, 80k and 100k route. LOVELO SPORTIF - BRITISH CYCLING

As part of the Lovelo Cinelli Race Team we were all out in force to fly the flag and share the Love(lo) whilst tearing up the 100km route. Occasionally being part of this mixed up family has its benefits!

The Lovelo Cinelli Race Team
We started off the stunning route around the chilterns in a monster group which rather surprisingly lasted at least two miles before it turned into a 'leg massacre'.  The majority of the following 60 miles were ridden through and off and for once we actually rode like a unit until the pace split us a bit and left 'the Inbetweeners' (Me, Mike Kazer, Nick Clarke & Josh Curtis) to tear up what was left of our legs.

The Inbetweeners
The pace stayed fairly consistent and the weather brightened up too allowing us to hold a half decent 19.6 mph average over the 62 miles / 100km and come in just under 3hrs 10mins to take the WIN. (ok there are no winners in a sportif but we were first home).

Healthy numbers for a 100k smashfest
The LOVELO SPORTIF is strongly recommended to anyone as it really does have it all with a post race barbecue and entertainment outside the shop and a route to rival any sportif you will find. Great cake and a couple of feeding stations (for those that wish to stop).

In the evening i took part in the Pednor 5 for Dacorum & Tring Athletics Club (Road Runners) which was part of the Hertfordshire Championship (Veterans). A tough and hilly five mile road race around Pednor / Chesham on what can only be described as broken legs BUT I simply thought of my eight hour rest as a long T1 (transition 1). Despite my ruined legs I managed to dig fairly deep and came in 2nd in my AG and our team took 1st team in the championships. Not too shabby at all.
Pednor 5 - Herts vets championships
If Carlsberg did Bank Holiday Mondays this would be they way they should be spent in my opinion.

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