Another fantastic Essex Orchid event and thank you to Essex Roads for doing such a great job organising it. The marshalling was excellent as usual, there was free water as well as bananas and really tasty snack bars (must buy some of them).
This is one of my favourite events of the year, second only to the London to Southend. It has always been my ambition to do the 100 mile ride but alas it was again not to be this year.
It was great cycling weather: overcast and warm. But the wind, as ever, got annoying at times. I broke new record on this ride, reaching 38 miles per hour at one point. The thought did flash through my mind that if I hit a pot hole or anything else at that speed and come off, there is not going to be much left of my skin, assuming I even survive. Ahh well, such is life. Far better than hiding in a cupboard in case the sky falls in.
I was also pleased to have taken 10 minutes off of last year’s time and pushed my average speed to 14.6 mph. Not bad for a grand-dad (thank you Zoe for that quote!)
Read about last year’s ride here: http://wp.me/pCArR-1t