Day 1 – Croydon to Portsmouth
The stats for the day!
4am alarm call!
7am – hit the road from Croydon
Total miles: 80
Total ride time: 5 hrs 30 mins and 14 sec
Crashes – 3
Ice baths – 2
Well that was ridiculously hard today – but I think we gave a good account of ourselves! A very slow ride out of Croydon in the rush hour meant the first 25 miles took over 2 hours! In that first 2 hours, Mike managed to fall off 3 times at Junctions.. It’s ok to laugh – he still is!
However – some small pedal adjustments were clearly neccessary!! Duly made – and no more crashes!
The route, once out of town, was beautiful if VERY hilly! Lots of long climbs and sharp gravelly descents. Some cracking hills at 16% and 12% according to the road signs! We didn’t need to be told to get in low gear!!
And then there was “heartbreak hill” that arrived at about 63 miles in… I have never been defeated by a hill before – but I had to walk the final ascent. To be fair, most of our group were finding it tough – so many walkers on this bit!
Anyhoo.. We are here!
Just rinsing off the grime of the road .. And then down for bike maintainence and food! There had better be Cake!!!!