Thursday, August 12, 2010

BST2010 Report

Still recovering from his exertions at the weekend, Raj sends this report:

Day 1 - Winchester to Steyning

The plan to do 60 miles on Day One was a tad much!

We started at 8am and were still riding at 9pm.

We had a BST first-timer with us (Dan Bzowski) who was riding a Scott hard-tail, which shook his fillings a little, and meant we were averaging between 3-4 miles an hour at the beginning.

The hills were long and steep, and the loose chalk and gravel made riding difficult in the rain.

I would definitely never attempt it again without GPS:  although the entire route is signposted, it is unclear at times and temporary diversions were poorly marked.

We ended the day at 9:30pm at Steyning.

Day 2 - Steyning to Eastbourne

The second day promised stunning views, and although the hills continued, there were some excellent downhills which were just about manageable with the chalk making the ride a lot rougher.

The signposts were a little less relied upon as the coastline was visible and one of the riders doing the route in the opposite direction pointed us in the direction of Eastbourne.

Overall, I would definitely not recommend attempting this on a hard-tail as Dan would confirm.  I rode a Rocky Mountains Slayer with 160mm of travel but that didn't save me from saddle burns!

We only had one puncture throughout the journey which was a refreshing change from the North Downs we did with BST three years ago.
So far the total raised is about £1,000 but I will confirm once I've made sure everyone is going to donate has done so.
Well done to Raj, Michael and Dan from everyone at Blood, Sweat and Tyres!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Blood Sweat and Tyres 2010 - The South Downs Way

I'm glad to say that, in my absence, BST regular Raj Patel has stepped in this year to organise a ride along The South Downs Way - 100 miles from Winchester to Eastbourne over the weekend of 7th & 8th August 2010.

Raj is looking for riders to join him, Mike (another BST regular) and Dan and raise more money for The Haemophilia Society.

For more detailed information and to register your interest, please contact Raj directly:

Phone: +44 7733 301622 (Send him an sms to get his e-mail)

If you would like to support the ride and make a donation, you can do so here:

Monday, July 5, 2010

Le Jog 2010 - Aftermath

Just a short update as I thought it was interesting to look back on the end-to-end ride and let you know the impact it’s had on my body! Unfortunately since the end of the ride I've been experiencing some pretty nasty muscle cramps, to the extent that the longest I've managed to stay on a bike without being forced off due to pain is 8 minutes! I guess I've got to allow my body a bit of a protest after putting it through such an intense week though. The ride was monstrously hard, the prevailing wind let us down as we faced a headwind for 6 days out of 7, and our bodies were pushed to limits they'd never evencontemplated before. After 7 days (54 hours, 38 minutes and 13 seconds in the saddle), 908 miles (average speed 16.6mph), and 13,133 metres climbed (who knew how hilly GB is - that's 1.5 times the height of Mount Everest) we rolled into John O'Groats broken men. For the last few days of the ride pretty much every bodily part hurt - knees, back, neck, thighs, quads, calves, feet, wrists. My stomach was ok, but when we arrived in John O'Groats at 7.30pm after a monster 135 mile day into a fierce coastal headwind and discovered that we couldn't have a photo next to the famous sign because they take it down at 5pm to stop people dodging the £10 photo fee I was almost sick. So you can add stomach to the list too.

I’ve been along to the hospital to speak to a doctor and a physio about the muscle problems I’ve been getting. Pretty much all of my leg muscles are currently prone to seizing and spasming at any given time. I was fine for the first couple of days after the ride, with just a few aches and pains, but after driving back to Sheffield and being cooped up in the car for a long time I really started suffering. Walking became hazardous and cycling was definitely not possible! It’s definitely easing off as the days go by, but I guess my legs are in some kind of a state of shock. It’s not a haemophilia problem, and I’m sure it’ll wear off soon, but I think it shows that with a full time job it’s very difficult to fully prepare your body for such an event. Probably I should have carried on spinning on the bike on the days immediately after finishing though, to loosen things up and to wind down gently – so that’s my advice for anyone else considering doing something like this!

Thanks again to everyone for all the money you gave, it definitely kept us going during some of the tough sections. We were shocked by how much we raised.