Issue 35 - Wilier/BigMaggys/Prendas Training Ride
by Mark Perry
Last weekend saw most of the 2010 Wilier/BigMaggys/Prendas team take on a mini training weekend down to sunny Bournemouth (ok, well at least it wasn’t snowing!) in fact after the previous weeks conditions it was nice to ride in temperatures that where the right side of zero although a strong southerly headwind the whole way meant that in the words of Ben "it was a day for heroes!"
We all left my house in Paulton on the edge of the Mendips just south of Bristol, with Gary and Phil driving behind in the support car with all of the bags etc... we had planned a different route this time that would hopefully mean fewer cars as the roads can get very busy.
After a fast descent down into Wells the average speed was well over 20mph and would stay that way for the whole ride even with the headwind.
Our route then took us via Glastonbury, Somerton and Yeovil, after having endured mile after mile of Bergfelt talking about himself we eventually rolled into the café that Phil had found for us in Sherborne, I have got to say that if anyone out there is ever in Sherborne you should check out Olivers on Cheap Street the place is a simply amazing - cake heaven although of course as serious athletes we all just had coffee!!.
With at least another 50 miles of headwind to go we carried on via Dorchester and Wareham, as usual we then took the road to the chain ferry at Studland, with a line of little hills this road always provides a launch pad for late attacks and with all of us trying to rip each others legs off it was a good indication that we are all on target for the coming season, a fast 55mph decent down to the ferry and we where nearly there.
There was then a mass panic as we all realized that we had all spent to much on cakes at the lovely café in Sherborne and now didn’t have the 80 pence for the ferry!! Good job Ian had a twenty pound note on him or it would have been a 30 mile detour for us!.
After a tough 95 miles we eventually rolled into team sponsors Hotel Collingwood in Bournemouth, where a swim, Jacuzzi and well earned massage from team helper Phil was waiting for us.
After as usual being looked after really well by the hotel we rolled out early next morning for the ride home, we again used the same route, but this time with a tailwind!
A few tired legs were in evidence first thing although we all soon got into it, and where soon back up to our 20mph average. The group split into two near the end with Ben, Marcin, Grant and Will deciding that 95 miles wasn’t enough and that a climb up Cheddar Gorge was needed, after a brief mutiny Steve, Ian and myself went home the direct route with the others arriving half an hour later and with 110 miles on the clock!
All in all it turned out to be over 200 hard miles and a good team building weekend for all. With another training weekend planned for Wales in Mid February and the Team Launch at Hotel Collingwood on 26TH February things are starting to move on quickly now.
The team Wilier bikes and Santini kit from Prendas should be here soon and then we will start the season - Roll on!