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Manchester to London by R872

After I started cycling by buying my first bike the Ribble R872 last July, I’ve been hooked by the sport. I tried to regularly go out at evenings and do the cafe rides at the weekends, sometimes finding it hard to fit into my schedule. I’ve always wanted to race or join a sportive ride, but never committed to the challenge. It was February of this year when the Rapha Manchester to London ride was announced, it took a few weeks for me to run through my head the challenge I faced.

Whilst never completing a 100 mile ride before, the challenge of riding 220 miles in the day wasn’t going to be easy. I eventually took the plunge and signed up for the event in March, after my girlfriend insisted it would be a good idea. The fee of £150 seemed a lot at the time, but the whole organisation throughout the event was second to none.

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Before the Grand Depart

At the moment, the plan is pretty simple: Ride over to Harrogate on Thursday, time for a quick refresh before heading down to Leeds Arena for the team presentation, then spend Friday looking for the best viewing spot for Saturday’s stage. On Sunday I’ll ride over to Howarth, Hebden Bridge or maybe Cragg Vale to see the riders pass through on stage 2, then head home. Simple…

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