Having enjoyed the recent Ride London Surrey 46 event so much, I’ve signed up to do another sportive later this month (with a little encouragement from “my driver cum mechanic”, Mr LondonCyclingDiary).
The Wiggle New Forest 100 Sportive is held across the weekend of 24 and 25 September, and there are three different distances to choose from. I’ve gone for the short (and no doubt easiest) option — 51 miles — rather than the full on 100.
I’m looking forward to cycling through some pretty woodland landscapes and not having to worry about working out my own route: I can simply follow the signs and enjoy the ride.
I’ve booked a cheap hotel nearby for the night before, so I don’t have to get up at stupid o’clock to drive the two hours from London to the start line. I’ll still have to get up reasonably early, but at least it’ll only take 20 minutes or so to get there.
The only thing I’m slightly concerned about is the weather. It’s all well and good to cycle 46 miles through London and Surrey in lovely summery sunshine, but at the end of September it’s bound to be autumnal — in other words, cold, wet and windy. I supposed it’s a good excuse to buy some new cycling kit, if nothing else…