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We set off, led out by a motorcycle for the first 1km. It leaves the parade and lets us go off in the dark, I realise I have never ridden in darkness before.  It’s different.  We are trying to pace ourselves but seem to be passing many from the wave that left 2 mins prior. Then the wave 4 mins prior.  We cover much ground and the first hour is dark, with lots of riders of all abilities, we are shouting around making sure we are all relatively close to one another, keeping an eye on those in front and checking in with those behind.  

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So last week I completed the furthest ride I have ever committed too, and surprisingly It was a decent effort all round.  130 miles in 8 hours.   My previous long distance effort was London Revolution back in 2016 after my Father told me he was doing it with or without me,  I felt I needed to join him to give him some morale support.  In fact my Brother in Law and I both committed to the 186 miles over the two days, with a stop over in Windsor race course.  Was a great event,  And thoroughly enjoyable, albeit a...

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So its been a few weeks since I last posted..  And remarkably things are going ok..  The 300km ride still feels fairly daunting.  But with 10 of us riding together, and another 25,000 people to draft along with I think we will be ok.   Bike swaps. A few changes since my efforts on the Single speed (put me in great shape early on in my training) which failed me around week 5 when I tried to reduce my rear cog to something that allowed me to ride faster than 18mph flat out.  As my chain refused to stay on...

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We all know that exercise increases endorphins and serotonin, giving us the post-ride happy vibes, but there are so many other benefits.  It reminds us all, that whether we’re riding to lose weight, get faster, stronger, achieve a goal or just to get out in the air for the feel-good factor, the importance of fitting this into our busy schedules for our own personal well-being

Look after your mind as well as your body.

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vätternrundan -

The single speed is limiting purely based on the fact 20mph is flat out with a ridiculous cadence, so with hills and a steady 17/18mph on the flat i have averaged 15mph over the last 70 miles.

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