Ride report – “A Hilly 100” – Sunday 5th August

Ian Macsporran took part in this event and writes:

Four riders assembled at East Carlton Country Park to attempt “A Hilly 100”, an Audax-style event organised for CTC Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes by Max Scott.

Denise (from Daventry) is an LEL lady and so she just left us at the start – and probably didn’t stop for anything.  Elevenses?  Lunch?  Clearly for wimps.

John Weller was also quick and determined but did stop for elevenses!
Bill Simpson was very kind and accompanied me around the route.  We enjoyed elevenses at Sweethedges near Stockerson and, at Bill’s suggestion asked for fresh sandwiches for lunch en-route.  (So I wasn’t slowed down, as last year, by a couple of pints at Tilton-on-the-Hill!  And, as a result, pedalled Max’s complete course.)  Afternoon tea at Church Langton certainly didn’t disappoint – sitting “in the body of the kirk”!
After 64 miles – like cycling over a giant egg box – with over 4,200 ft of ascent (at least) – I was weary but exhilarated on return to the Country Park.
You can see the route on Endomondo here  – the ascents and descents are different because the app uses GPS for these and, I think, more accurate measurers (Garmin) uses barometers as well.
Why not tackle this event next year?  It’s a serious challenge but well worth achieving!
Many thanks to Max!  And my own personal thanks to Bill!

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