130 mile training

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with the 2nd of August getting closer and closer it was time to step up our training. so this week everybody will be busting out a century to prepare for day 1 of the ride.
The majority of Birmingham riders, along with some London folk, are setting off on this route on July 2nd, but due to other commitments myself and Neil decided to do it a week early.
Making sure we ate buckets of Flapjack and other sugar rich goodies, we set off from Birmingham at 8:30am and cycled 130 miles to London.

the route we took was mainly B roads with the occasional spin on the busier ones, with an accidental turn onto the A40 just outside the capital (which nearly ended in tears)

We stopped for Lunch in Bicester, but couldn't find a cutlery outlet, so had to eat pasta with our hands.

After some tough miles just before High Wycombe we took a walk up Bledrow Ridge ( a 2 mile, steep hill climb, which cars were struggling up) and then bombed down the other side and onto Wycombe, where we had to help some people jump start their car.

The sun was on our backs as we entered greater London and began pedaling through the bust streets of Southall, Ealing and then onto Oxford st and finally to Euston.
The ride was long, but really fun, some great roads, and no problems. We took a couple of wrong (long) turns which meant the trip was 130 miles over 10 hours. We were dozing off on the train, but felt great again the next day when we got up to play polo.

Might even do it again next Saturday...

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