I took on a challenge at the start of the year to try something new, related to cycling, every month. Here is the post I wrote about the challenge, which I’ve dubbed ’12 New Things’.
I’ve smushed three things in to two months for February and March, because screw the rules, and two of them were unplanned.
1. I Rode 90 miles – the furthest I’ve ridden my bike in one day.
We don’t need to talk about the fact that I set off intending to ride 100 miles. Let’s focus on the fact I managed 90, and that that is Quite A Long Way.
It turns out that photocopying an OS map in black and white has it’s downsides. Roads, paths and indeed very muddy bridleways all look the same. We may have got slightly lost and done some accidental off-roading, which massively delayed us and meant we couldn’t do the whole route – but it’s all part of the fun, right?
Don’t tell me to get a GPS garminy thing* – I like maps. Next time I’ll splash out the big dollar on colour copies.
(*unless you’re paying)
In all seriousness, after getting over being a bit annoyed for not doing a century, I felt the kind of deeplyhappyandtired that only a good bike ride can bring. I’m proud of myself and Carine for what we did that day, and more importantly, it was a really enjoyable day on the bike. We took in 90 miles of beautiful Sussex and Surrey scenery in the sunshine, and it was worth every pedal stroke – even the ones going in the wrong direction.
2. I tried my hand (legs) at roller racing.
The Rollapaluza guys were providing the entertainment for the Matrix Vulpine Launch in Manchester which I went up to last weekend. So it would have been rude not to give it a go.
I’ll tell you now – it was the longest 30 seconds of my life. It took me all evening for my body to get over it. And a week to get over the emotional distress of doing it in such a bad time. (Just kidding*)
3. I watched track cycling at a velodrome.
Before Saturday, I’d never set foot inside a velodrome. Somehow I managed to win 2 tickets to the Revolution Series finale at Lee Valley (thank you Evans / Hoy Bikes) – so I invited a friend, and we bought beer, and watched people ride their bikes really bloody fast in a circle for a couple of hours.
It was fun, and a very different experience to watching any other kind of cycling.
The velodrome is an amazing building, and the nerdy bit of me got all excited looking it close-up after the racing had finished.
And no, I still can’t ride no handed ;-)