Not long to go until my first event this year, the Etape Loch Ness on the 26th April (18 days in fact).
This cycle sportive takes place around Loch Ness covering 66 miles / 106 km on traffic-free roads with an ascent of 900m to negotiate. Today I have found that I am rider 3143 with a start time of 06.52, but in amongst the numerous Macdonald’s and the Macleod’s I am the only “Selley” taking part in this years event. I just seem to have found myself in the last group heading out so hopefully I will find plenty of people to ride with on the day and won’t be the “lantern rouge”.
This event is just the first of my “5 to Ride for Macmillan” so my training has been planned (very loosely) with the rest of the year in mind. I must admit, I don’t tend to follow any “plan” as such but will try to get out and ride when time permits, which has been difficult having started a new job, having a young son and having broken my bike. Besides, who worries about “max Vo2” and “threshold efforts”?!?
Hopefully I have done enough to get around Loch Ness in a reasonable time but if not, I will blame it on the monster.
The real reason I am doing this ride and the others is to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support. The support they provide to those suffering from cancer and their friends and family is invaluable but can only be given due by the kindness of the public as they rely on donations to provide that service.
The last of my 5 to Ride is the Tour de Broads and they have recently featured me on their website which can be found here;
But before I can even start these rides, my bike needs a good service and I need these bad boys fitted (I have finally gotten rid of the square ones) ..
Hopefully they will help me to go a little faster!