Hell of the Ashdown



Thanks to Catford CC for organising the above event on Sunday and finally kick-starting my ‘season’.

The Hell of the Ashdown has grown massively in popularity in recent years from a pay-on-the-line club reliability ride to a serious sportive with online registration, timing chips and branded merchandise. According to the site there were 1000 signed up, although the finishers’ list can’t have been more than half that. 

The weather was truly brutal, by far the worst conditions I’ve ever cycled a road bike in. For about an hour, from half way into the ride, we pedalled into a blizzard, dodging patches of ice and essentially trying our best to actually see where we were going. The route was superb however – this is definitely one to repeat in the summer months.

I was on 3 hours sleep, and paranoid about bonking, so I took the first hour easy and only started to push late on in the ride. I ate stacks of carbs – malt loaf, a bottle PSP22, a bottle of GO, 2 bananas – so didn’t run out of gas and started to feel better over the climbs in the 2nd half of the ride. I finished the 67 miles in 4hrs 12, and my recovery was good, hardly any soreness thanks to all the food I ate.

Bring on the Puncheur, which is about the same distance…

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