Author Topic: Mad Summer Hare - 1 September 2019  (Read 453 times)

GaryGristwood

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Mad Summer Hare - 1 September 2019
« on: 02 September 2019, 17:19 »
This was most definitely the toughest Sportive Iíve ever taken part in!

I opted to ride the ďFull MontyĒ, which was 103 miles long with 6,500 feet of climbing and contained four categorised hills including Snowshill, Saintbury, Doverís and Campden (in that order).

The event was based out of Umberslade Farm Park near Hockley Heath and the route went west initially before heading south via Alvechurch, Feckenham and Flyford Flavell before the first feed station at Cropthorne.

From here it went down to the Broadway area and this is basically where the 4 major climbs kicked in!

There was a feed station at Willersey just after the descent into the village and Iíve got to say that the cloudburst which erupted just at the start of this downhill section was probably the most scared Iíve ever been on a bike! There was already an ambulance there due to a coming off in the dry just before I got there, so you can just imagine what it was like with the road now like a river!

The last feed station was Meon Vale and from there the route went north via Welford, Great Alne and Danzey Green, before arriving at the finish for a welcome burger!

I chose to stop briefly at all three feed stations in an effort to avert the upper leg cramps that seem to plague me when I ride in excess of 70 miles and, to a great extent succeeded, although I did feel a slight twinge at the 85 mile point!

Stats wise (and considering Iím more of a 100km specialist than a 100 mile man!), I was really pleased with my performance in finishing 33rd out of 412 in a chip time of 6hrs 32mins.

They also published age group performance and I came 4th out of 72 in the over 55ís category.

All in all (despite the scary Willersey descent!) a great event and this is a Sportive that Iíd thoroughly recommend if youíre that way inclined!

You do get the option of doing one, two, three or all four hills (this decides just how mad you are!), so you can minimise the pain somewhat!

Gary Gristwood.