Just reporting back from our Cyclo Sportif efforts today over in the Swan Valley. We managed to assemble an 8 man team (oops! make that 7 men and 1 very fast woman who pushed us all along!!) for the 64km flat-to-undulating course over at Herne Hill. The talk on Saturday was that the event should have been cancelled with the forecast being as it was, but giving it the benefit of the doubt, we all decided to make the final call on the morning of the event, and it actually turned out pretty nice indeed! We felt quite virtuous just being there knowing that many others chose to pull out the night before!
The 4 lap rectangular course saw us tackle the toughest undulating section up Campersic Road directly into a testing headwind which forced us to really test our group cycling skills. As Glen (the "Shepard") rightly pointed out, had Phil Ligget seen us in perfect echelon action he would have been proud!
The group worked really well together and we covered the distance just under 2 hours at an average speed of 33km/h - not too bad given the gusty conditions and the fact that none of us would claim to be super-fit right now. What's more we passed a dozen or so teams and only got passed by 3, so we were pretty chuffed with our TEAM effort on the day.
Congratulations to David, Matt, Jess, Trevor, Glen, Andrew, and Dan - you guys did a great job and did us proud! Thanks also to Lenore and Jamie for their support on the course and for Jamie supplying the photos.
The next event is on Sunday 26th July in York and it would be great to get a few more people involved and hopefully create a 2nd or 3rd team. Please let me know if you would be keen to participate in this event. With a bit of team work, you'll be amazed by what you can achieve!