Friends, Romans, Riders, Challenge Seekers. Clocks back, minds forward.
As we kiss goodbye to this sultry October it’s time to book one or two things to look forward to. Start with a holiday…….good well done. Then, let’s see, hmm how about a proper challenge to give winter training a real purpose?
Completed! What a fantastic weekend.
The sun started to shine a little more for Day 2, and there was a noticeable effect on people’s spirits every time it came out! A lovely countryside route to ease us in to a false sense of security before Box Hill loomed. It was a great experience climbing it – smooth roads, heroes’ names scrawled into the tarmac, memories of the Olympics still fresh in the mind. At the top were cyclists sprawled everywhere, catching some rays (and cake) and enjoying the views.
I clearly hadn’t done my research well enough, as I thought it was all down hill from there. Not so. One particularly sneaky incline had a lot of my mini-peloton un-mounting for the walk of shame. Such bad luck that an extraordinary number of people suddenly had gear trouble…
100 miles ticked off today and the legs are certainly feeling it now! Fantastic rural route from East London round to Windsor Castle this evening – great atmosphere all the way, plenty of people of the same pace to ride with and much appreciated snacks at the rest stops.
Just started to cramp up on the final few miles, but that was soon sorted out by the yoga team; I’m not sure they had ever come across such inflexible and clueless yogaists/yogaers.
A tent has never seemed so appealing as now – think I will sleep well tonight. Bring on 80 miles and Box Hill tomorrow, can’t wait!
The last pre-ride blog post from our mystery rider Bradley Miggins
80 miles ticked off on Sunday, and managed to get out for a fairly miserable 40 miles after work last night – blustery, cold and rainy conditions round Richmond Park. Apparently it’s nearly June? I feel so stiff and sore this morning that, for the first time in months, I haven’t even had to fake symptoms to gain some attention in day-to-day life.
There seems to be a widely held opinion that we will all be super-human come next weekend. I am a little nervous, never having gone over 130 miles over 2 days, and certainly not in hills. However, whenever I try and express this to friends who are experienced cyclists, they bat me away and say that the atmosphere, excitement and crowds will mean that I “hardly notice” the extra 50 miles. Read More…
We hope you enjoy the first post by our guest blogger Bradley Miggins. His first instalment may seem alarmingly familiar to many of us…
It seems a lifetime ago that I signed up, pretty much on a whim. “All you need to do is get to the start line with fresh legs and a bike ready for the road,” the website said. Whilst the truth of that statement remains to be seen, I soon discovered that it leaves almost no excuse, and quickly had a group of friends signed up too; Mr “I-don’t-have-time”, Mrs “I-can’t-be-bothered-to-plan extra-curricular-activities“ and Mr “I’m-not-fit-enough” will all be joining me next weekend for the 180 miles. Mr “I-literally-hate-cycling” not so much, but never mind. Read More…
I wasn’t really too sure what to expect when I signed up last minute to hand-cycling 180 miles around London in two days. It certainly wasn’t quite the way I had planned to celebrate my 30th Birthday!! Having just got back from ski-competitions in Europe with the GB Disabled Ski Team I only had very little time to get back on the bike and train.
Have you missed out on a ballot place for Ride London?
The MITIE London Revolution provides the perfect alternative. The event takes place on the 18th and 19th of May 2013, and is London’s most accessible multi-stage sportive. Take the opportunity to ride around the capital with 1,500+ others incorporating the city’s most iconic landmarks.
It’s going to be a great time to be riding your bike in London this summer. Investment in cycle lanes is increasing, Boris bikes keep spreading further across the city and it will also see the first running of Ride London. Billed as the London Marathon on bikes the aspiration for the event is huge with a predicted 20,000 riders in year 1 rising to up to 60,000 riders in future years and the MITIE London Revolution is the perfect training. With registrations topping out around the 50,000 mark, the demand for a massive London cycling ride is clearly there and at Threshold we are excited that more and more people are getting out on their bikes and pushing to find that More Is In You moment.
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew / To serve your turn long after they are gone / And so hold on when there is nothing in you / Except the Will which says to them: “Hold on!” Rudyard Kipling Read More…
After nine months of planning, we are finally stood on the start-line of the London Revolution. The first riders have arrived and registration is in full-swing.
Peruvian Wharf looked fairly bleak this morning at 0530 when the crew arrived but now, with the flags flying and hundreds of excited riders making their last minute preparations, the place has been transformed.
Happily our mechanical support partner, BikeWorks, have reported relatively few customers so far but stand ready to assist with any “last minute” issues with people’s bikes.
The snack wagons are doing a roaring trade with Claud the Butler’s cappuccino and banana cake proving ever popular.
The latest weather reports are reasonably promising for today with light winds, no rain and maybe even a little sun for the afternoon as our riders make their way to our overnight camp at Windsor race-course. Note that I haven’t commented on tomorrow’s weather which I’m afraid may be a little “changeable”.
With 20 minutes to go until the first riders roll over the line, everyone is heeding the advice of our sports nutrition partners, Science in Sport, and filling their bottles with GO Energy drink and stuffing jersey pockets with energy gels.
As usual the smiling faces of the Threshold crew on registration are making light work of booking the riders in, welcoming them to the event and calming last minute nerves.
We will be blogging all day today and tomorrow so keep checking back. Remember you can also follow us on Twitter @RevolutionRides – use the hash tag #LR2012 if you want to join the conversation. We will also be posting photos on Flickr once we can get a decent Internet connection.