So now for some hill practice, the Isle of Wight Randonnee is an annual event run by the local Cycle Touring Club. Once round the island, clockwise which is about 100km (62miles). I stayed over on the island the night before in the very nice Jireh Guest House in Yarmouth. Luck would be having it the owner of the house was also doing the ride as well, so I managed to sneak an early breakfast rather than having to wait. The Yarmouth start point was just round the corner, so quickly got myself my waypoint card and map and followed a couple of guys out onto the route.
The weather was looking a bit overcast so I had my long sleeve cycle jersey on. At Cowes I picked up the chain ferry and clanked over the Medina river to meet up with Pete from work. The weather was definitely warming up, so off came the Long sleeved weather gear and out came the MTB Firenze top (now we are really racing !!)
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Pete and I made good progress all the way round, I hit a sugar low about two thirds of the way round but a quick stop for a choccy bar and an energy drink to refuel the rocket seemed to do the trick nicely.
There were some notable climbs, Niton and the last couple of downs before freshwater bay were a bit of a slog but with the weather turning out warm and the blue sky this was much less of a chore than it would have been on a cold wet day.
A fantastic ride out, the video tells it all.