Today was the day I rolled up to the start line of the “Great Manchester Cycle”
A 52* Mile ride on closed roads, around Manchester
I wasn’t even sure if I was going to make the start line, see I have only been back on the bike 4 weeks due to having MAJOR SURGERY, I was also feeling a sore hip too, but I woke up feeling ready to roll and decided that, if people can fight on against cancer, then me going for a ride, while not really being fit, was nothing really.
It was COLD & quite windy but at least it wasn’t raining , I rocked up to the City Of Manchester Stadium at 7:30 and met with a good friend, Nick.
It was already BUSY early on
Nick & I lined up and , in the frigid Manchester cold, we waited and attempted to keep warm.
It wasn’t too long and we were off, another friend (Paul) was at the start line, waiting to go in the later event & managed to snap us as we went off.
The first lap, things settled down, the big boys were a good 10 mins ahead of us, shame as we both felt like attempting to keep up, but there is always next time.
Speeds were good, it was windy but it was GREAT to be cycling on closed road.
but then we hit the Salford Quays bit for the first time and our average went from 22mph, to under 19mph, there simply wasn’t enough room, there were TIGHT Turns, Gravel, bollards and seats sticking out, this was basically, a pedestrian zone, with 7000 cyclists flying through , CRAZY , and it was such a shame as the rest of the route was so well thought out.
Nick and I stayed together until a crash caused a split , as I hit the 3rd lap my hip was REALLY feeling it.
I managed to grind it out until the end, but by the end, I was really struggling, maybe down to having adjusted my saddle a little *Wrong* but hey, I made it all the way to the end.
Well, according to the website I was 131st in my age group…Chuffed, much, considering the surgery I have had and the lack of fitness.
Nick, Kudos to him, finished 4 mins ahead of me.
They even gave away a free T-Shirt
and here I am just after I finished
My Stats from my Garmin are as follows:
Distance: 50.33 mi
Avg Speed: 19.3 mph
Avg Bike Cadence: 78 rpm
Avg HR: 153 bpm
Lap 1 00:38:49
Lap 2 00:38:30
Lap 3 00:39:04
Lap 4 00:39:18
I finished 131st, in my age group , there were a total of 7000 riders
Again, not my fastest ride but a good training ride for better and bigger things later this summer.
, if you didn’t sponsor me yet, either because you wasn’t sure (Like me) if I would make the start line, or just because you didnt get round to it yet
Then PLEASE do so now , its a GREAT cause……!
There should be some GREAT official photos on the way too, so check back to see them another time.
Goodbye for now, from “Team GB”
Team GB consists of my kids (Above) and the best most supportive wife in the world, Julie, The one who takes the photos, the videos and stand there cheering for me at this finish, the one who drives me to the start line and away from the finish line, without her, I am simply nothing at all.
Edit, the above paragraph was not wrote by myself, however I will not remove it for now. Gaz