I was dreading and excited about this ride cause it offered me something I hated but 2 things I loved.
Hills, cupcakes & brownies.
Made arrangements with Samantha S to meet up with James H who was driving to Charlbury Station from Kings Cross.
|3 Brompton's & riders ready to go|
When I was looking at the GPS profile that Dina & Rob had provided on their many recce rides I made the mistake of looking its profile. When looking at the profile you could see this ride was going to be a hilly and demanding one.
We arrived in plenty of time at Charlbury Station where everyone arrived by various means.
The first surprise, well for me was that Dina had made cupcakes for the ride and even a couple of extra special ones.
|LBC is now fuelled by cupcakes|
|Legendary BBB cupcake|
|The gathering of Bromptons|
As soon as we exited the carpark we hit the first big hill, according to strava a "Category 4 Climb" according to strava.
Categories are determined by a number of factors (Strava)
- have a gradient of at least 3%; and
- achieve a score of 8,000 or higher (so 1km at 8%; 1.5km at 6%; 2km at 4% etc).
- 8,000 or greater: Category 4
- 16,000 or greater: Category 3
- 32,000 or greater: Category 2
- 64,000 or greater: Category 1
- 80,000 or greater: Hors Catégorie
The trick is getting into the right gear from the very beginning of the hill, you may feel that your in the wrong gear as your "spinning" to fast but when the hill does hit your spinning will slow down as the incline takes hold and you will slow down but your cadence will be good. My normal cadence is around the 90's which I can keep going forever if need be.
I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it felt, I know I've been improving somewhat over the last few months but it always surprises me.
|Me & Samantha getting to the top|
With everyone hitting this hill and getting nicely warmed up we all stopped at the top started to strip off as it was turning out to be a very nice warm day.
|Everyone stripping down|
|Banana's the fuel of cycling|
Onwards we go but after a couple of miles someone had a puncture at the back of the pack, we pulled over and waited knowing it would be fixed in no time.
|LBC group shot|
|A kindred spirit|
The lunch stop (Church Hill Lodge, Bluewater Lodges) was about 10miles from the end of the ride and a lovely place it was too.
|Chicken Breasts with Tomato sauce & new potatoes|
|Lemon tart with Vanilla Ice Cream|
Another short hold and another photo opportunity and things are starting to get a little silly.
|As always Jenny enjoying herself|
|They go 2 by 2|
After a good ride I was looking forward to my prize, The BBB cupcake and yummy it was too
Another good ride with the LBC, thanks to Dina & Rob for organizing and the yummy cupcakes & for everyone that had a chance to come along. I got a feeling cupcakes should be the main stay of future LBC rides ;)
Garmin Data of the ride: LBC Ride: Bromptons go wild in the Cotswolds