|Brighton & Hove Clarion Cycling Club|
11 August 2004
Dear fellow members and friends
Sunday 15 August
Catch 10.14 from Brighton Station. (No changes) or meet at Glynde Station at 10.35.
Sunday 29 August
Catch 10.17 from Brighton Station (one change) or meet at Arundel Station at 11.13.
Report from Bob Harber
Since our meeting at the Bridge Inn at Upper Beeding, I have been on one or two bike rides.
In June I went on my first Alpine tour. We did all the major ones as we traversed the Route des Grande Alpes - Iseran, Roselend, Galibier, Izoard, Bonette – just awesome!
A couple of Audax rides followed, a 200km and a 400km and I got this crazy idea of doing the National Championship 24hr Time Trial. So I warmed up with my first 100 mile TT for a decade (only my second ever)managing a PB of 4hr 50min, went to Cheshire for the '24' and covered 346 miles to the winner's 480.
I've got the taste for this now and am trying to get my Vets' standards at all the time trial distances. This weekend is the Kent CA 12hr event, to be followed soon by a '50', a '30', a '25' and a '10'.
Well, I don't know about you, but just reading about Bob’s exploits make me feel shattered! Seriously though, I've been over all the cols he mentions – in a car, and that seemed quite an effort on occasions. La Bonnette – the highest of all is said to be the highest pass in Europe at 2,802 metres. That's 9,192 feet. For comparison Ditchling Beacon is 812 feet, Snowden 3,560 feet and Ben Nevis 4,406. As for riding for 24 hours...! Well. 'hats off' to Bob, I say – 'one or two bike rides' he says!