Something different on the weekend
I took part in the CLIC 24 hour charity mountain bike ride over the weekend around a 10 mile lap in the Mendips. Riding as a team of 4 we clocked up a fairly poor 14 laps between us (due in part to one of the team deciding to go back to bed rather than do his night shift and not waking anyone else!). It was my first off road riding in over 15 years and although I'd never admit it on the MTB forum it was far harder than anything I've done on the road! Strangely, despite being the first one dropped on the climbs on a club run I was regularly passing people on the uphill tarmac sections at the start and finish of the lap and caught loads up on the flat and downhill stretches of road whilst holding my own on the non-technical uphill sections. However, my bike handling skills were seriously shown up as people hammered past me of the descents and technical sections of the course and I managed to fall off 3 times in my first lap :oops: The leading team were on target for around 30 laps over the 24 hours and the top solo rider was heading for about 20 when I last checked (the record is 25 on a slightly easier course). I have to admit it was 'fun' in much the same way as climbing the steepest mountains you can find on the road is 'fun' and I'll be back again next year. The event is very well run and the CLIC Sergant charity is an excellent cause (they funded my daughter's specialist nurse when she was having chemo). I can highly recommend it for anyone fancying a challenge next year and I have a new found respect for MTBers, especially those who were churning out 45 minute laps (my best qwas 1 hour 11 minutes) and clocking up around 200 miles.