Posted: 01/08/2016 at 09:30
By now seriously unhappy bunny, been cycling on my own and feet were hot and toes crampy, so when it came to Box Hill the option was in for doing or missing out and I decided to miss it out. After all being local I can ride up it any day of the week. Into Leatherhead and stopped and the refreshment hub, saw pirate Shaz from another thread working at the St Johns first aid post, had a few words and headed off for the final 25 miles back into London.
The bugbear for the second part of the ride was that it was very busy with riders of all speeds, so you had to concentrate hard the whole time. Think of how busy it is on the GNR and how the runners never thin out but over the London Marathon the runners do, it was that type of scenario, not the best. Back into Kingston and through Wimbledon, more slowing down where the roads were being laned off to allow pedestrians to cross. Nice drop down Putney Hill and along the river, although I thought it was cruel when I had to stop to allow a few cars to cross and one cyclist pulled up but failed to unclip in time, he was OK but embarrassed. Then the final turn into the Mall and I managed a tiny sprint.
About 5 mins later, a man from my cycle club finished and came over to greet me, so we ended up going to the baggage lorries and walked/rode back to Waterloo to get a train home.
Tired, aching and vowing not to do it again, but target a flatish century ride somewhere, sometime, but not such a large event as there is a greater risk of accidents and having to take a short cut to finish.