Last time I coped pretty well we just about everything and in the last 12 months I have become a great deal fitter. One aspect of last years London to Oxford that proved difficult was a particularly steep and sustained hill. I was unable to ride the entire way up, getting about 3/4 of the way up. Even Mark (King of the Hill) W didn't manage to beat it and believe me that says it all! Sadly my friend Mark won't be able to make tomorrow's ride but I am endeavouring to beat 'that hill' for both of us.
I am going to be taking my Titanium Orange Brompton with me tomorrow and will travel light. If you look at my blog post for last years trip you will see pictures of the S bag I took with me, packed with just about everything item of cycling kit I had bought up to that point. It makes me shudder to think what it must have weighed but it must have been several Kilograms! How things have changed! Looking back it is no wonder Mark and I couldn't get up that hill as he had an S bag as well.
The route will be approximately 63 miles and there are currently 7 other riders - all on Brompton bicycles. The weather looks to be good and it should be a great day. Eight Bromptons in a peloton will be a wonderful sight for onlookers and those taking part.
I have already prepped my bike after performing the mother of all cleans after I got back from the overnight. London to Southend ride. One last job will be to fit some new rear brake pads. This shouldn't take too long and apart from that I am ready.