The weekend of 12-13th July will be a busy one for cycling. On this night two night rides are due to leave London, one heading south whilst the other in a north easterly direction. The question is which one to do?
The first of these rides is the 60 mile London to Brighton night ride for The BHF. This is a ride I have completed for the past two years and has become something of an annual event. It is a well organised event and I still have unfinished business with this ride, to complete it in less then 4 hours!
The other ride is the Dunwich Dynamo, a 120 mile ride from North London to the lost city of Dunwich on the Suffolk Coast. This is a turn up and ride event and as a result has less support if things go wrong. However it has a certain appeal and would be the longest ride I would have completed in one go. Plus it is a ride which has been on my radar for a few years now.
The question is which ride to compete. Last year I should have done both as they were a weekend apart. This would have been a huge effort but possible. In 2014 this isn’t an option. Hindsight is a wonderful thing!
So how should a decision be made? Take on the new, longer challenge and complete a PB on a bike, or really go for the sub 4 hours for London to Brighton, another PB. I suppose this comes down to the bigger plan for 2014. In February I will find out if I am successful in the ballot for the Ride London on 10th August. If I am then the longer more challenging 120 mile ride makes more sense. Complete this and just a month later complete 100 mile ride which includes parts of the Olympic road race course. Or take it easier and save myself by completing a 60 mile ride a month before Ride London. Both rides end up at the coast and both on a shingle beach so it will come down to the ride.
I think some serious thinking will have to be done as well as working out the correct training plan. Also a chat with a few friends who could be interested in both of the challenges. Oh well decisions. If you have any advice, I’d love to hear from you. It could be your piece of advise which helps me decide.