On Sunday 30th July James Mccaslin and Alex Couland took part in the Prudential 100 Ccle Race. Below is Jame's take on the day:
After an early night, Alex and I were up at 0420h to ride to the start of the Ride London 100, a 100 mile bike ride through central London and into the Surrey Hills. Following a similar route to the London 2012 Olympic road race, this was going to challenge the legs and minds equally! A very organised start meant we started bang on time and were soon speeding through Piccadilly en-route to Richmond park. It was certainly a buzz to ride through central London on closed roads, especially with crowds cheering you on. A quick stop to recharge in Richmond and we were off again, but now decided to split up as keeping together was proving an additional challenge in the 30,000 strong crowd. The main challenge lay ahead in the Surrey Hills, with Newlands Corner, Leith Hill and Box Hill to climb and conquer. I found Newlands a lot harder than I expected, perhaps because it is less talked about than its big brothers Leith and Box, and I probably underestimated and overcooked it early on. But it was soon over and a downhill section allowed me to recover in time for the big climb of the day, Leith. This is the longest and hardest climb, but correctly paced, I was pushing over the top in no time and with plenty of energy to enjoy the smooth tarmac and beautiful views of Box Hill. The most famous of Surrey’s climbs is not the toughest, but it has a fair reputation as a ‘must-do’ as it really is a fun climb with great vistas. After that, it was mostly flat or downhill back into London and the pace picked up accordingly as everyone sensed the end was near. A short push up through Wimbledon was the last bit of climbing then a run though Westminster and onto the Mall for a sprint finish in front of Buckingham Palace and a good crowd cheering us on. After a quick shower, Alex and I regrouped and tucked into a well-earned burger and beer! We managed to raise £1000 for the Circulation Foundation and wore the new-look cycling tops with pride (anyone wanting to purchase one should contact Carron at firstname.lastname@example.org – I can highly recommend them and shall be wearing mine on club-runs in future). Thanks to everyone who supported us and for the opportunity to ride this epic route for the CF.
Great effort Gents and very much appreciated