/ Pedal for Scotland Sportive?
It's less than a month away and I'm considering entering it.
Anyone got experience of the 100 mile plus course, or any tips for this event?
I've been cycling this Summer but I'm wondering if I'm up to it. My longest rides have been 45 hilly miles (2200ft of ascent)- done on a slick tyred mtb.
I've just got myself a 2nd hand Specialized Allez which should be faster and easier than the mtb.
Am I mental to be thinking of doing it?
>"Am I mental to be thinking of doing it?"
It'll be tough but do-able. Looking at the route, it looks like it has be designed to make the most of the prevailing South-westerly winds.
If it's pee-ing down and there is a NE wind you are fooked. :)
Go for it man. You'll get caught up in the general ambience of all the other riders and if you get into a rhythm you'll do the 100 miles ok. At worst, the last X miles will be like walking out in the dark after a long route when you're totally spent, something I suspect you've got plenty of experience at! Good luck and enjoy.
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> I've just got myself a 2nd hand Specialized Allez which should be faster and easier than the mtb.
> Am I mental to be thinking of doing it?
Not mental at all. You should have the fitness and a road bike will fly compared with the MTB on slicks.
Just make sure you try some decent rides on your new road bike.
Getting your position right, getting your body used to the position for hours at a time and ensuring that the unfamiliar saddle isn't going to tear your arse apart are your main concerns.
The rest of the stuff you may need to know will appear if you search on here for general sportive advice (feeding, pacing etc).
Thanks. That's pretty encouraging. I'm under no illusions it'll be anything but hard work but would be pretty cool to get it done. Will try to get out as often as I can between now and then.
Thanks for the prompt, I'd been meaning to enter. My only problem is I've got to do the 47 miler as it's my wife's first big ride, and I promised to do it with her. The sportive looks a good course, and I agree with the comment that it'll be helped by the prevailing wind.
I used this training plan for my first sportive (Trossachs Ton), and it worked a treat - http://bicycling.about.com/od/trainingandfitness/a/century.htm
I've never really done any serious road cycling (or a road event before) so I'm quite excited and a bit nervous about this jump into the deep end. A light South- Westerly would be just the ticket. Fingers crossed!
Davie you'll have no problem doing it unless your out for a time to beat. I cycled from Edinburgh to Pitlochry in a day with no training and carrying full panniers on the front and back and it was a borrowed bike which wasn't great. You'll be fine if you've got any sort of fitness.
I completed the Sportive in the end! Here's a blog I wrote about it...
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