Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Badass Three Peaks 2013

I love the Three Peaks. It becomes a bit of an annual obsession. The problem so far is that I've been mediocre at best, and last year ended in tears when I tombstoned off the bike is disgusting conditions descending from Whernside. 

After a summer of fannying about, I wasn't really sure what to expect from this year's Peaks. I knew I wanted to do well but it's difficult to replicate Yorkshire's fells in South East London. The steps of the Greenwich Foot Tunnel can only get you so far. 

The day was gorgeous - blue skies and sunshine - but the wind on the fells was terrible. Whernside was blowing a near vertical gale so much so that it blew me into a wall. However, that little scuffle (and managing to fall off the bike before even getting the start line) was the only real mishap of the whole race. 

It felt good to be ascending Pen Y Ghent in a quicker time than I have done previously - there were fewer riders so it was much easier to keep riding higher up the hill. I kept telling myself that it's not over til it's over so kept going hard up Pen Y Ghent and on the final road section back to Helwith Bridge. I was dangerously close to getting under 4 hours and really wanted that time to cap off the day...sadly I failed and made it in 4 hours 57 seconds. Got the win though so that's what matters. 

Big up to ex ViCiOUS Perry for being at the foot of every fell despite me not taking any food or water from him. 

Photos courtesy of Geoff Waugh and Andy Jones. 

Now for some 40 minute races around somewhat flatter courses...

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