I recently had the privilege of riding the crazy ‘Rad Am Ring’ event for Rapha. Kieran had asked if i would be up for it during my visit the the cycle club Mallorca earlier in the year, and to be honest I thought he might of forgot. How wrong I was when the email came through with the details in July… no backing out now! The racing format was simply an 8 man relay around the Nürburgring race circuit… for 24 hours! We managed to come 4th out of 49 teams, not a bad feat when riding the bulk of it with only 6 bodies.
The vibe was amazing, haning out at the mobile cycle club and slowly poisoning my insides with an unhealthy amount of their nudie espresso’s and generally enjoying some epic banter. Come 2 am those coffees were sorely needed. You can read a blog on the team and how we fared over at Rapha. I rode the acciaio as I couldnt bear to leave it at home and it miss such a special event, and im so glad I did. The thing truly excelled at cornering and descending.
A huge shout out to Ben, Jack, Strefan, Florian and Michael for what was one of the most fun days/nights I have ever had. And so many thanks to Kieran for organizing such an amazing experience….(and the extra photos) alles klar! 😉
Kieran leads us out on a reccy
Jack brews up
Ben awaits the transponder
The relaxed handover
attempts at sleep
Stefan of 8bar bikes
Kierans recovery program
The mist over Nurburg
Jack does his best cheeky barista pose
Ben makes a new friend
The boss fires up the bbq
Stefan waits for his lap
Lost in Germany thanks to minimal trainline understanding
I recently went to take part in the RCC ‘Deano’s Yorkshire Dales’ ride. A tough 80 miles or so (I rode in the broomwagon for about ten, so was shy of the 140k distance – Im ashamed admit that day was certainly not my finest hour form-wise!). The route was a challenging razz around some very fine northern villages – we were treated to undulating and incredibly windy descents. Such was the headwind that it took club strong-man Steveto shepherd a few of us back together – thanks for such a strong draft!
A particularly scenic part of the world
Riders were briefed on the route, and awarded a patch kit commemorating participation on the ride. It was a great chance for members to mingle, and we met many of our northern contingent.
Maximum credit to Andy (C) for providing such a brutal but beautiful route
A quick stop by the broom wagon allows for a regrouping
We were joined by one of my hero’s Mr Dean Downing. Imagine my delight when I discovered he went to my high school and we shared a few jokes about some insane teachers we had! Was a great experience to see how easy a ride like this is to a pro, he shared some tips and some banter with the group and helped make it quite a special day. Its not every ride you get to draft one of your fave pro behinds 😉
Thank you to Charlie and Janet for facilitating a brilliant ride – fully supported is something I could happily get used to! Also massive kudos to Andy although really you deserve a slap for devising such a hard route 🙂