We took on the Sulley Challenge today and had a good time despite exceptionally blustery winds on a delightful and generally quiet route. The Challenge ride is an audax-style, self-navigated route, with GPX files available for those with satnavs. The ride starts and finishes in Lutterworth with a choice of 70 km or 100 km routes. The longer route was out towards Great Easton, north to Tilton-on-the-Hill, through Rutland and back via Kibworth.
A total of 66 riders were registered, most setting off in twos and small groups. Brian and I set off together and had such a good chat that we missed our turn in Walton, hence doing an extra mile.
We said goodbye in Great Easton where Brian followed the 70 km route and I stayed on the 100 km. Brian stopped at the Neville Café along with fifteen cyclists from Rugby Velo and three Lutterworth cyclists doing the 70 km route. I met a chap who was regretting choosing a fixie!
Both of us faced a return route to Kibworth directly into the wind – in open countryside with little to stop the wind – making it sometimes hard to control the bike. Average speeds fell significantly. However we both got back before any serious rain.
You can see my route here.
Perhaps next year more people will be tempted to join this low-cost enjoyable event. A organiser’s report is here.