So, today was the day of my first ever Audax ride. It was a 100K (well actually just under 105K) event called the Norfolk Nips 2.
After being delayed in Amsterdam last night and only having around 6 hours quality sleep in the last 2 nights, I did have a few second thoughts. They weren’t made any better by the forecast for strong easterly winds.
I woke up this morning and really felt like staying in bed. Knackered. But I dragged myself out of bed, had a coffee and got to putting the roof rack on the car. my fingers nearly dropped off from the cold! Went back in and got myself ready, had some breakfast and set out. Teh start was north of Norwich in Hellesdon, around 35 mins drive from me. The ride was due to start at nine, and I got there around ten to nine, got my shoes on and the bike off the car and went and picked up my brevet card. I got chatting to a few people who I ended up riding with at various points throughout the day.
Set out about 9:15, pretty much the last people to leave the start, and it was still zero degrees – the roads were extremely icy. The first 55K was into a headwind – but luckily the wind wasn’t as strong as forecasted. The ice was the bigger problem, and everyone had to be very wary all day. During the morning I saw 3 people come off, 2 of which unfortunately had to retire. Had a few close calls myself but managed to keep the bike from coming out from under me.
I’d planned to take it easy on the way to the main control at 55K, just to make sure the last 50K home wasn’t too hard but was forced to go slower than expected even due to the treacherous road conditions. Had a cup of tea and a slice of cake at the main control, and set back out with another group.
Made sure I kept drinking and munching on bits of cliff bars every 30 to 45 minutes, and felt really fresh all day. On the way back in, wih a bit of a tailwind I put some more effort in and made up some of the time I’d lost (on myself) due to the conditions in the morning.
Met some really nice people throughout the day, and had a really good time, even if it was a bit hair raising at times…
104.64 km in 5h:03m:17s using Endomondo.