TRAINING / PEAKY TEAM RIDE
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Peaky Climbers Team, Sub-Zero Training Ride
11th February 2017
Written by Allen Stacey
It was all ways going to be a busy day for our Team Training Manager, Mark Crick, as he was flying off to The Big Apple in the afternoon, but he still showed true commitment and joined us for a “quick 50” in the morning. Even with a bit of snow around.
The Grove riders, Nobby & Allen, got a bit of a lie-in this time around as the first part of the ride went from our usual meeting point, The Fox Inn, out through Grove…it may have only been an extra 10 minutes in bed but it all counts that early in the morning. We all felt sorry for JB as he had an especially early start as he rode from Uffington before meeting Mark & Ben in Denchworth.
The ride then went out via Lains Barns, where Ben got a PB going up the hill (he may have ‘peaked’ early doors), before heading through East Lockinge, Ginge and East Hendred. We were then back on to some main roads to make our way to Abingdon, via numerous villages that make up so much of South Oxfordshire. From Abingdon it was then on to Boars Hill via the only real climb to speak of for the day, the infamous Bayworth Lane Hill, it’s only a short climb but respectably steep averaging 8% and an opportunity to warm up.
It might have been 0 degrees but with the wind chill it felt a lot colder, more like -5. I think by this time we had all lost feeling in our fingers, feet or both – but we are the PEAKY CLIMBERS and we crack on! It was then time to head south west and ride on a parallel route to the A420, crossing it several times.
Once we got to Longworth, it was time for Mark to peel off and make his way home for fear of missing his flight to NYC, at this point Ben decided to join him and make sure he got home safely, we are caring like that. In fairness to Ben this was his first ride of 2017, as he has been strck down with flu since the New Year.
So Nobby, John and Allen carried on with the rest of the route, that then took us out towards Watchfield, before heading back towards Uffington. Once in Uffington, John having done his allotted 50 miles for the day headed home to thaw out and to start preparing for his Sunday ride.
Now down to 2, Nobby and Allen got their heads down, gritted their teeth and head for home via Denchworth.
The thoughts of warm deep baths, hot coffee and food were the incentive as teh boys kept pushing on.
Not the most eventful ride by any means, but one that did require a bit of mental strength.
A superb team training ride, which showed a great team attitude with everyone helping each other through all the challenging weather!
Next week…warm weather maybe…?
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