Discussed #transengland19 with my buddy Jamie and a plan was born. We would cycle this event 'Macadoo' style. Basically, we would ride the event, pinching another's route and cycle it when we were able (which turned out to be just 6 days after the 'official start).
|Ready to start (only 6 days late)|
|Prologue, Studley - B'ham New St (29k)|
|Jamie, at platform 6 3/4|
|Morecambe Station - Morecambe Pier (1k)|
|Obligatory start photo|
Well, the first 30k to checkpoint 1 went smoothly. Sure it was dark, and hilly, and cold and windy too - all that we were expecting. Everything was feeling kinda ok and as it should. We were both feeling the climbs and slowly losing feeling in our cold toes and fingers. It was nice to reach the checkpoint (St Huberts RC Church). We stopped and ate our emergency pasty's. It was so cold, we both max layered up - Jamie was given my spare silk socks as he hadn't brought shoe covers with him. This was maybe the start of mis-hap?! Further menace was the fact that my helmet had died. The strap mechanism 'thing' had snapped on both sides and it wouldn't fit snugly round my head. Fixed the helmet (well, Jamie did) by using zip-ties to attach it securely to my head.
|A secret checkpoint|
|On track for the first 30k!|
|Not checkpoint 4!|
|Doo completes the #transengland19 race!|
|Jamie (Mac) also complete the #transengland19 race!|
|#transengland19 (251k, 3,135m of climbing)|
|Finish to Travelodge and then to train station (3k)|
|29k and back in my home village|