The first blog post but possibly the LAST meeting of the Cop-athlon riders before the event itself. Today saw the group complete a 25 mile training ride, plus a fat pub dinner and final planning meeting at the Ferry in Wilford:
The ride was great: between us, we had two punctures, got lost twice and nearly rammed an old biddy in a Micra (Marek, take a bow). The feeling is positive though - there's a definite buzz of excitement as we get closer to the actual event and everyone cops the reality of the journey ahead. For one week in July, we will be:
- Riding: in twos or threes, relay style. Each group rides 25 miles in the morning, 25 in the afternoon/evening.
- Sleeping: in tents; put up at 9pm, take down at 5am (in silence, out of courtesy to fellow campers), ready for 6 o'clock start.
- Eating: cold pasta out of a bucket. I exaggerate, but not much: the emphasis is on QUANTITY and stodge-factor.