So how is the training for The Race to the Sun 2017 going with the event only a week away?
Tim took up the mantle of team leader for the South so we asked him to share his thoughts with us. “Individually everyone had all started doing stuff; cycling to work or cycling at the weekends and we would often compare notes on equipment and body pains. I think the two things quickly learnt was always cycle in padded shorts and a healthy dislike of car drivers not leaving space! As we drew nearer to July 8th we decided a team event would be sensible so we all signed up for The 45 mil Great Western Sportive on Sunday 18th June from Nationwide HQ in Swindon on what was the hottest day of the year so far!
Joyously Nathan and his wife Ash had their second baby during the week prior so Nathan went down as a DNS (did not start) but we all felt that was fair enough, so the rest of us started in earnest. Well I say “in earnest”, Nick had been suffering with back pains after a recent visit to the Chiropractor and after a few miles needed to break and stretch. Still he said “I’ll catch you up” as Patrick and I cautiously carried on.
After 15 miles Patrick had a major blow out on his back wheel resulting in a 2 cm gash in his tyre and tube…completely unrepairable and whilst we had a spare tube we did not have a spare tyre. Once we made arrangements for the recovery van to collect Patrick and his bike, we looked up and who should be coming into view in the “nick” of time? So a quick exchange took place explaining each other’s situations, after which Nick and I rode off together. Without warning Nicks back locked up again…or so he thought. We paused at the 20 mile marker and Nick was in pain. Nick is stubbornly independent and having decided to quit, a decision I encouraged on the day, he took a slow pedal home wrongly thinking he was close. Being at the furthest point in the circuit Nick covered a further 15 miles to get home. I carried on to the finish a little despondent having lost my team one by one and through no fault of their own. Needless to say Nick and Patrick were gutted, vowed to fight another day and both said they would be fine come the race!
Editor Note: Nick was actually struggling with heart pains, something he didn’t discover until Monday night when he was rushed into hospital having had a confirmed heart attack and is currently awaiting a major operation to resolve a congenital heart condition. Everyone naturally wishes him well.
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