The Big Ride! Look Marmotte Gran Fondo race report

Pre-race Gorillas

It’s been over 5 weeks since The Big Ride so why on earth has it taken me to write my blog about it? Did I not finish it? Did I hate it so much that I’ve blocked it all from my mind? Absolutely not. I totally loved The Big Ride and have thought about it every day since.

People warned me that there would be a gaping hole once it was over and they were right, I’ve had post-ride blues and have delayed writing this entry as it signifies the final chapter of my Marmotte challenge.
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The Final Countdown

It’s the day before ‘The Big Ride’ and I’m sat in a chalet in Venosc. It’s been a week of ‘highs and lows’ in many ways. There’s been plenty of training miles, multiple bottles of red wine drunk, bread munched to excess and the bikes seem to have been cleaned continuously.

In amongst the stomach churning nerves, it’s time to think how ready I am.

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Winter Miles, Summer Smiles!

As we move into March, supposedly springtime, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on my winter training.

My winter training officially started in October. When the clocks changed the long bib tights came out and the winter wheels were donned. Although there were some lovely fresh autumnal days, on the whole it was time to hit the garage and forget about average speeds and start focusing on form, fitness and strength.

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To be or not to be…a lone ranger rider or a cycling socialite?

Up until the spring of 2016 I was a lone ranger through and through. That’s probably not entirely true as I’d ride regularly with my husband and on the odd occasion with one or two others. But on the whole, I tended to cycle the country roads by myself.

It’s not that there aren’t any cycle clubs near me, there’s plenty. I’m also not a ‘billy no mates’, honestly I have friends and plenty of them would invite me out. Due to slight laziness of not wanting to get up on a Sunday morning combined with the insecurity question of ‘will I be able to keep up?’, I’ve tended to go it alone.

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I’m the chosen one (well one of 50 chosen ones)!

A few months ago my sister tagged me in a competition to become a Pearl Izumi Champion. What’s this you ask, I asked myself the same too!

The cycling brand and tour series hosts, were on the lookout for cycling enthusiasts from all rides of life to become their brand advocates and represent them. They weren’t after the next Chris Froome to join the team but cyclists of all levels, across different disciplines but all devoted to two wheels and up for inspiring others about it.

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