This weekend saw the annual Prudential RideLondon-Surrey 100 bike ride take place. Motel was represented by my brother David and me. Last year David missed out on the event, having broken his collar bone mid season, however this year we have both managed to avoid serious injury, so far.
Due to the sheer numbers involved, the ride begins early. The first 'wave' is off at 6am and a we had to be at the Olympic park by 5.40am, ready for our 6.06am start. We made it on time, complete with hi-tech, disposable capes to keep us warm.
The event is one of only a handful of closed road events in the UK and it's an amazing feeling to be riding through the iconic streets of London without any traffic. I almost started breaking for red lights on a number of occasions, but luckily I realised in time as it could have lead to quite a pile up.
Riding in large groups can be stressful, but it also allows you to share the work and generally means that you go a lot faster than your average Sunday ride. We made good time and despite a couple of comfort breaks, we got round the 100 mile course in 4hrs 38min. Our average speed was just under 36kph and on one decent I think I hit 80kph.