The challenge, in reality, was not nearly as easy as I had dreamt it might be! (See Previous Blog) In reality, it took me a lot longer, it was a lot harder, my average power output was a lot lower and I didn’t see Rowan Atkinson at all!
My stats came in four parts:
- Until my Mio Battery Ran Out
- Until my Phone Battery Ran Out
- Until my Battery Ran Out
- The Final Push
Nine times up and down Cleeve Hill from alternate sides, once up Castle Street (a killer!), three times up Stanway Hill and back to Cleeve Hill for a few more ascents. My Mio battery ran out after another three ascents of Cleeve Hill………
Another twice up Cleeve Hill and my phone battery ran out……..
Another 4.82km, light (and legs) fading, with winds of 34.5km/h, my battery finally ran out!
The following morning, 553m short of the required ascent, with my legs screaming ‘No!’ and wind speeds of 36km/hr, with John’s support, I climbed Cleeve, Harp and Ham Hills to reach a total of 3,715m of climb. Mission accomplished!
168km cycled, 3,715m climbed, over 11 hours of cycling plus over 4 hours of stops for refreshments, refuelling, photos, chat, rest, recovery, shelter from rain, junctions, etc………
More detail to follow when I can muster the energy…………..