Huddersfield Sportive

84 miles, plenty of climbing and rain. Loads of rain. I arrived to find a car park full of faffing roadies and expensive carbon machinery…leg warmers on…legwarmers off. You know what I mean. I had fun at the start playing “spot the mountain biker” – easy to spot though with the Camelbaks and peaked helmets 😉

Apart from one guy at the bottom of the first descent slamming into a barrier and literally flying over it, nothing much happened apart from pedalling and hurtin’. Only got passed once, on the way up Holme Moss a young slim, fast-looking lad on a Bianchi asked me if I wanted to grab onto his back wheel. I did – and that worked for about half a mile until I could cope no longer and got dropped. I caught him up on the next hill though and dropped him back. Didn’t see the cheeky bugger again after that.

I need to take more gels when I do the Fred Whitton in 2 weeks. The last 10 miles were a bit of a haze…

finished in 4:45, putting me in 10th overall out of 296 (I think), 10 mins or so behind the lead rider. Chuffed!

route

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7 thoughts on “Huddersfield Sportive

  1. 10th out of 296!! Holy crap! Well done pal! Tough circuit – I used to ride some of those roads when I was a roadie at Udderstfield Poly. Them were’t days.

  2. Top result T!

    All that secret training is beginning to pay off!

    But the question has to be asked – why were you in Huddersfield and not Catton Park?

  3. Nice one. You make sure now your in league with the devil, that we get in to some of those roadie hill climbs at t’ back end.

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