I'll be doing it for the second time, previous was 2006. Last year I stood at a hairpin on Corndean Lane for about 2 hours relieved to be missing out on the pain! I spotted you Old Welshman going by. It is a surprisingly hard event - not excessively hilly, but the Costwolds just go up and down, up and down without respite. Then you go up Cleeve Hill and Corndean and that turns your legs to jelly.
Highly recommended, slightly low key event on largely quiet, good looking roads.
I've just signed up for this.
I moved from Leeds mid 2006 to Gloucester and have only just started riding again. Did a little bit last summer round here. I did Cleeve Hill both ways today, to Toddington and back. The route goes up the hardest way up Cleeve Hill so this will be slow one(10kph seated). I'm gonna try the 102miler, I need the challenge.
It's the week after The Great Yorkshire Bike Ride so I've got 2 consecutive weeks to ride. At least the GYBR is only about 800m climbing, I can save myself for the CotC and Devil Ride in Wales in August. Why am I sat here, I've got some training to do :roll:
jhop - where can I find route details of the ride? I might pop along and see how everybody else handles Bushcombe.
The organiser Sean Graff may provide you with the route:http://www.aukweb.net/cal/index.htm
5 miles, yeah that's doable.
Well I did Bushcombe today for the first time. I have to say it beat me :oops: . Of all of the climb, there is about 1km of 25%. The bottom section builds up the gradient for a bit,which I remained seated for, and then it just says, "Hey who do you think you are, I'm 25% I am. Fear me!!" Then you get 1km of 25%, before it just tops out and hasn't got anything to hit you with.
On the 1km section, I got to about 20m from the last bend(Pippin Cottage(?) on the right) when my willpower over my legs gave up. My legs were doing ok(tiring obviously, and hacked off with the whole thing, but they were still working), my breathing was controlled and HR seemed ok, but my mind just let go and stopped me. I got around the bend and saw about 75m of straight and the climb was finished. The last 75m didn't even seem to be 25%, maybe 20%.
Next time I know what to expect and I'll have more training under my belt. Also bear in mind I was on a 39x25. No grannies or triples for me! For the 1km, my avg speed whilst I was riding was 6kph and cadence was 30. no superhumans round here after all
If I don't the training in, then I'll be walking on the day. Doing it after 50/60 miles is a true test of mind over matter!