This month I’ve been building up my cycle training in preparation for the event I’m taking part in on August 9th. In recent weeks I’ve done 4 rides of over 100 miles (only just over: I usually end up having to do a detour for a mile or two in order to break that barrier!) and another 2 over 90 miles. The event itself covers 115 miles – very hilly miles at that, so it will be that much tougher. I’ve already cycled most of the course, which starts in Chester, heads over the Panorama to Llangollen, then up the Horseshoe Pass, before heading to Cerrigydrudion, Llyn Brenig, Ruthin via Clocaenog forest and back to Chester. The organisers are a bit sadistic: they make slight detours in order to throw in a steep hill. For instance, going from Ruthin towards Mold, the main road goes up a steep hill, but this is not hard enough so we will go up a lane nearby, called Pen Barras, which is much steeper – about 20%.
I’ve really enjoyed all this cycling, visiting places I’ve either never been to or only briefly visited in the car;- Bishop’s Castle, Newport, Dinas Mawddy, Cyffyliog, Ysbwty Ifan. How great it would have been to have attended Ysgol Ysbwty Ifan: it would sound like you’ve trained to be a doctor!
As well as feeling fitter (and thinner!) I’ve gained another health advantage. Whereas for many years I’ve suffered from frequent migraines, despite taking preventative medication, once I took up cycling again (after a gap of over 25 years) I noticed the migraines stopped and I’ve been able to stop the pills.
I’m raising money for St David’s Hospice in Llandudno and welcome any sponsorship. Either call in at one of the surgeries or go to justgiving.com/clive-bourne