Ride report – Virgin Money Cyclone sportive

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This story starts way back in 2012 on the same ride and about 45 miles or so in to what would eventually be a very long and ‘character building’ day. Poor pre ride nutrition and a pace far too hot to maintain resulted in the worst cramps I’ve experienced both before and since. Quads, Hams, Calves all painfully cramped on both legs to the point of seeing ‘worms’ constantly wriggling under the skin. Couldn’t stand, couldn’t sit, and with 60 miles of challenging terrain still left to navigate. Whilst the route that day left a positive impression on me, the experience didn’t so ever since then I’ve vowed to go back and give it another go.

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Sportives – one to get on your list

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With the sportive season officially well under way, like many of you, NYC have been planning which rides we want to do this year and which events will be our targets. Now of course everyone enters sportives with their own agenda, some to race, some to simply enjoy the days riding and any variation of that. Personally I tend to target a time I think will show significant progress but I also like to take in the ride, scenery and experience so don’t want to be literally chewing my stem for 6 hours straight (just the last hour or 2 will do).

 

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