Tuesday, 28 May 2013

ThorntonRC - Lord Whisky Cycle Sportive 2013

Good weather greeted the brave souls from Thornton Road Club that took on the 72 mile sportive around the familiar roads of the Elham Valley and Romney Marsh on Bank Holiday Monday. 

Nine (or possibly ten) riders from the not so fast Sunday group set off at a blistering pace with adrenalin and heart rates pumping. 

Nothing was going to stop us and nobody was getting in our way.


The pace slowed down a bit as we got to the first hill on the way up towards Waltham and we spread out into semi-fast, medium pace and slow to stationary. Kevin disappered into the distance whilst the young lads sped up, then slowed down, then sped up again before we all met up again at the food station in Appledore.

 
A couple of buns, a few bananas and some liquid refreshment later and we were off again. Fortunately, the wind was behind us over the Marsh and it wasn't long before we were at the foothills of Lympne Hill, carefully placed by the organisers to hit us at the 60 mile mark. It might have looked like it from a distance away and from a certain camera angle but no-one got off and walked.
 
A few miles more, up the final descent of Longage Hill and we were there to take the collective yellow jersey. Then home for a milk shake and an afternoon snooze.

M. Luff