This is an ‘Essex classic’ that I hadn’t ridden before, and a real treat.
It did start badly though. Garmin death at 100km, just outside Cambridge. Just as I was getting to roads I didn’t know. Hmmm….
I had a paper backup, and even had a plastic bag and a bit of tape to make a view-bag with but… my head torch wasn’t very strong. I couldn’t really see it.
I briefly thought about turning around, but then I wondered if I might just hang off the back of a group going by and see what happened…
That group turned out to be Johnaton and Ian. I’d seen J around alot, we’d ridden a little together on the Flatlands last year, but I didn’t know Ian.
Of course I was completely committed to whatever spped they were going and it turned out to be very close to my own natural speed. And they were very entertaining company – so much so that the three of us rode the remaining 200km together.
And a lovely 200 it was to. The night was mild, only feeling cold in that hour just after dawn. There were good sights and we ended up playing ‘control-bounce’ with another group which included Redlight and a few other familiar faces.
Here are some pics from Ian and Johnathan.
Nice ride boys – thanks!