Ok it wasn’t on a mountain bike but it was on a cyclocross/gravel bike and was hard work in yesterday’s heat.
I didn’t have much of a plan. I’d loosely mapped out a 100km route and I had 3 main check points.
Solsbury Hill (From the Peter Gabriel song)
The Bath Two Tunnels
and getting home via the Caen Hill Locks by 9pm
I set off after 1pm with a sort of plan that it would begin to cool as my ride went on rather than get hotter, and because I’d had a few beers the night before and didn’t feel like riding in the AM.
My journey took me along probably 50km of cycle paths (40km of which were rough – the Kennet and Avon tow path sounds lovely but its bumpy and rough for a 30km stretch). And 50km or roads and paved tracks.
My bike is a Genesis CDF – a few years old, and is a steal cyclocross machine weighing around 12kg I think – haven’t weighed it. And I currently have fitted some Specialized Borough tyres – these are great for the smoother surfaces but don’t hide the bumps of the Kennet and Avon Canal tow path!
I didn’t really plan this very well and though I thought I did OK, it shows that with some better planning I would have had plenty of energy
I carried 2 x 500ml bottles that I refilled in a pub, a camp site and with a bottle purchased from a shop. So I drank around 4 litres as well as a milk shake and a bottle of coke.
Before I left I’d had some eggs for breakfast and bacon sandwich for lunch.
Food en route consisted of 3 basic cereal bars, and half a pack of Haribos.
Elapsed time 7 hrs 55 min
Moving time 5 hrs 57 min
Max speed 64kmph
The bike needs some new brake pads, bottom bracket, cassette and chain. I’m also thinking of changing up the front chain rings to give some more climbing and less top speed if possible.
And another ride as soon as i can make the time.