I had an early start, Blue D at 0616 so prepared breakfast the night before, and scarfed it down on the way up - cold cheese omelette in a slice of bread washed down with Torq energy drink, then a banana and a gel.
Parked at Kipling St NCP and rode to the start along A11 with a load other riders.
The start was the usual super-efficient bang on time effort and the first 20 miles went by in well under an hour. The riding standard was quite good that early and I managed to find a few people to draft with, including a very fast woman in Royal Navy kit and a couple of decently quick club riders. Surprisingly there were a fair few people out at that time to cheer us on, which is always nice.
I thought the foodstops were pretty poor and I only stopped briefly to get water and a fizzy tablet but then I avoided Newlands and Hampton Court so they may have had other things on offer, but had gels, Frusli bars and Clif shots so was fine for food.
I saw very few crashes, although one bloke had an off near Pyrford and somebody stacked it on the second right hander off the top of Leith, having passed me at warp speed, but thankfully seemed to be ok.
Box Hill thinned us out a bit and by this time later waves were catching up and I was very pleased to see Mrs and Miss D6 at Headley, after which it was pretty fast (for me) back to London.
Once the 46 milers joined us you had to pay a bit more attention as a lot of them weren't used to riding close to other cyclists, but like me they were obviously there for a fun day on the bike, and by this time I was getting weird cramps - first in right calf then left inner thigh which was impossible to stretch out and then one that seemed to lock out my left foot in the final 5 miles.
Kingston was great fun as most people took the correct line through the corners and the crowds here were fantastic, as they were on that final shocker of a short hill in Wimbledon.
I was pleased to see very few gel wrappers tossed on the road; I now put mine in the drinks bottle so keeps jersey pockets clean and whatever gel is left over gets washed out into the drink.
Garmin time was 5:30 and elapsed 5:37 which I thought was ok as the 95 mile Medio Dragon usually takes me a good hour longer.
All told, I thoroughly enjoyed the day, the closed roads through London out and back really make it. It was my second full Pru 100, having baled at Hampton court last year due to weather and being improperly dressed - although the silver survival blanket from St Johns ambulance helped.