|Nearing the finish at Bathurst|
Prior to February of this year, I had hardly been on a bike of any description for around 23 years. In mid-April, I found myself lining up for my first cyclo sportif.
After originally getting a bike simply to allow me to cross-train for running, I had opened up a can of worms. I not only found a deep passion for two wheeled adventures but also for triathlons after I had a go at a couple of entry level events.
The Blayney to Bathurst sportif was a 70km ride over some beautiful rolling country side. It included some challenging climbs and was a genuinely enjoyable course.
|Leaving the picturesque streets of Blayney|
The downside of the slow wave may have been the fact that there was no real groups to ride in and I found myself solo for a large portion of the journey.
I felt that I got my nutrition right and used both my own stocks and the aid stations to ensure I had enough in store to maintain my energy until the finish.
I completed the 70km in 2:32, nothing special in most peoples terms but probably faster than I expected.
I met quite a few cyclists on the route and it was a lot of fun having a chat.
|Finishing at Bathurst|
For the last 15km I was lucky enough to share the work with a guy I had met called Greg and it certainly made the final stages of the race a lot more enjoyable and a bit easier! Having done next to no group riding, I found it to be a nice change.
The race finished in the pits of the famous Mount Panorama motor racing circuit at Bathurst which is a real icon of the Australian sporting landscape. It was a good feeling to complete the 70km.
While my cycling ability is most definitely a work in progress, I love the challenges it presents and would not hesitate at giving this sort of thing another go in the future.
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