Wiggle Forest Ranger Cycling Sportive Staffordshire : Sunday October 2017

…………….I only fell off once.

This Sunday was cycling again and my husband Andy said he would cycle with me today. Andy woke me at 7.45 saying “everything’s in the car, tea’s downstairs, you just have to get dressed.” He had a new cycle, but a very cheap one since making the decision after getting home from last week’s Sportive mechanical and crash problems that it was time for a new cycle. The cheap cycle would do until his new good one arrived. I think we were last off the start at 9.30am but as we were only doing the Short Route of 44 miles so it didn’t matter. It was windy and what I call hilly, but I think cyclists would call it bumpy. Food stop was lovely, there were cakes, salty crackers, sweets but lovely hot tea, coffee and chocolate. We set off again with only my bum hurting as always so all was good, until we needed to stop at an intersection and all the cyclists stopped except one that falls flat sideways on the road, ouch, it does hurt. I will have to have more practice with the cleats. Once I rested for a bit Andy explained you get out of the cleat before the intersection and then if you need to stop you put your foot down. He taught me as we went on. Finally we finished and got socks, a buff and a medal at the finish. We took almost 4 hours!! On the way home Andy said our friend Dan Robinson could run it quicker than that, and he can too.

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