Today was the day I would take my revenge on this ride. Back in February the LBC: London - Cambridge Recce took its toll on me pretty badly as well as everyone else on that ride too. This time though I planned to "rip it a new one"
Due to Bumble B being out of action Mick.B. said he would lend me one of this Bromptons named "Bluey" (M6R) to do this ride and for as long as I needed till Bumble B is fully up and running. *big man hugs my man*
Anyway the plan was for me to meet up with Mick.B. & Azudin F. (A member of the Malaysia Brompton Club) at a point near to where the ride was going to cross, this ended up being Lea Valley Ice Rink. From this point I would pick up Bluey & join the ride to Cambridge.
Got there in good time as I was excited about this ride and the weather turned out great.
Along the way though there was trouble brewing. It was the first time I had ridden a 6 speed Brompton and I was having a bit of trouble getting the right gears & also the rear started to feel very loose after about 15 miles. I had a little check and realised old Bluey's rear cones worked themselves loose and the whole wheel was rattling about.
This slowed me down somewhat as the only gear I knew I could get into properly was 1st gear and was only good for when I would be going up hill. At this point I was going at my own pace really as I hadn't really prepared myself as I hadn't ridden properly for over a week with Bumble B out of commission. Everyone else in the group was kind enough to hold up for me further down the road and gave me time to catch up and have a quick breather before we set off again.
It's a dream of mine to just keep up with the hardcore or at the very least not keep them waiting too long for me to catch up.
Only one puncture on this ride (Clara M) and it was a rear wheel but we had so many with proper tools etc that it didn't take long to fix & we was off again.
|Fixing Clara M's puncture|
Finally made it to the half way point of a great pub called "The Bull" I was knackered but we got to the half way point more or less on time which was good. Everyone ordered up some food and Mick.B. had been phoned before hand and told of Bluey's troubles and took him away for some emergency TLC with the assistance of Azudin .
|Bluey's bearings Photo by Azudin|
So we set off again, I took off a layer of clothing as it was turning out to be a nice sunny but crisp day. I think I got up maybe 2 of the hills and I could feel that I wasn't going to be able to make it up anymore so I decided not to continue for the next few miles of hills. More of a safety thing for me as I didn't want to hurt myself more than anything.
|Fuel in the LBC Support Vehicle|
|Long road to Cambridge|
|Always smiling faces on a LBC ride|
|Always smiling :D|
|LBC Gang eating up the miles|
When the hills where over I knew it was a nice straight run into Cambridge Station so I got back on Bluey and joined the others again. This time I remembered what Mick.B. had said and adjusted my footing and I have to say it was alot different but I could feel the power getting to the pedals better than before. As always I've learned more about the way I cycle when someone points it out to me so I can make adjustments. All these small adjustments slowly but surely make me a better rider. Sometimes wish I could see video footage of me cycling along so I can see what I'm doing wrong like in the IG Nocturne Race video I learned a hell of alot.
Well as you can see by the photo below we finally made it, this time it was STILL daylight >:D
Once again Mr.O provide medals to everyone that attended the ride. He has a serious thing about medals ever since our first Brompton World Championships and I'm afraid I'm proud of getting a medal. It's alot more than just metal and ribbon. It's a badge of honour to be worn proudly.
|Another medal to add to my collection|
I would like to thank everyone on this ride, it was another hard one for me but once again I learned a hell of alot. I appreciate all the help, support and look forward the next ride.....