The price of Glory.
Well I’ve gotten trimmer but got to get a trimmer.
Silver Medal 6hrs 55 min
Average speed 22.4kph Max speed 77.6kph
A wet and miserable start meant that I got nowhere near my Gold medal. After 2 hours of cycling I was 20 Mins slower than last year. I slowly clawed most of it back and finished a couple of minutes slower than last year on a slightly different route.
I had a fantastic day and enjoyed the ride immensely.It really is a beautiful and challenging route with endless steep sharp hills. I feel I paced myself much better than last year and raced home from Princeton to the finish. I powered along the river valley in the last 20km trying to catch last years time. Great buzz flying along in a group of about six of us.
Wasn’t too disappointed about time as I know I did my best and could not have done better
At least I know my goal for 2013- Gold medal in the Dartmoor classic
The weather has been changeable but it has finally decided to be wet and stormy. The chairs are blowing up and down the balcony of my 7 th story apartment. Its going starry wet tomorrow and then improve with occasional showers. I’m not optimistic about my gold medal chances but I plan tho enjoy the day
Looking at the Wicklow mountains from the bow of the Ulysses I remember the suffering of last weekend and think of the words of many namesake ;
Wicklow , rightly termed the garden of Ireland, an ideal neighborhood for wheelmen, so long as it didn’t come down.
Well it didn’t come down this year like last year but I did suffer.
Having nearly killed me Hugh and Brendan act all friendly 😉
Traveling to England tonight for the Dartmoor Classic. Three days to go and all my training is finished. Staying tonight on Merseyside and then a six hour drive down to Plymouth tomorrow. Really looking forward to relaxing in Plymouth but after two years of blissful sunshine for the Dartmoor classic I fear my luck has run out.
More Joyce to finish;
British beatitudes! … Beer, beef, business, bibles, bulldogs, battleships, buggery, (bicycles) and bishops