As some of you will know, I'm taking part in the London to Brighton Bike Ride on Sunday 20th June, one year earlier than planned.
As I only found out I was taking part last Friday, I haven't got long to plan for it. OK, it's not a completely daunting task but it is my longest ride yet, by far. I want to make sure I'm prepared. I have a fuelling strategy from my triathlete colleague and now have SPDs and slicks to help me.
Although my bike is running well in most gears, I'm not totally happy with doing the ride with it not being perfect. After phoning several local bike shops I found one that can look at the bike before the weekend. Result.
My day will start at 4.30am with the ride starting at 8am. I have compiled a list of things to take on the day. Any feedback welcome.
London to Brighton Checklist
Heart rate monitor
Heart rate strap
Puncture repair patches (in pump)
Drinks bottle x 2
Hydration bladder (filled)
Energy gels x 3
Energy bars x 4
Energy drinks x 4
Recovery drink x 1
Car charger (to charge the phone on the way)
For those of you interested in the route, I've plotted it on RideWithGPS.com
If anyone wants to track my progress on the day they can courtesy of Google Latitude.
Just a final note about sponsorship. The ride is in aid of the British Heart Foundation. A charity devoted to the biggest killer in the UK - heart disease. My dad died from heart disease at the age of 55 so this ride is important to me. Please dig deep and sponsor me if you can at http://bit.ly/bD5eUb