Posted: 29/07/2014 at 07:53
A road bike will help enormously, and it doesn't have to be pricey. At Outlaw at the weekend along side ??6k+ bikes was at least one Halfords Carrera TDF, a steel framed downtube shifter bike and a 400 quid B'Twin Triban 5.. And I can guarantee they weren't last in.
The adage of you can't buy speed is IMO broadly true, but if you can't afford a second hand roadie, then the typical ??150 entry fee for a half will be an eye opener.