Cycling duo’s 100-mile challenge

AMR York 2012
AMR York 2012

IAN Hoad and Trish Watson of Bridlington Cycling Club rode the York 100 mile Sportive supporting Action Medical Research,which for the past 60 years has funded research into children’s diseases.

The duo have so far raised nearly £200 with their successful ride. Starting at the York University the route took in Rievaux Abbey, Thixendale, Sledmere, Langtoft, Rudston, Burton Fleming, Malton and Castle Howard.

With 60 miles the longest distance previously ridden by Watson, this was always going to be a challenge.

She was to rely heavily on the experience of club mate Hoad, a more seasoned sportive rider. So with careful planning of what and when to eat and drink, and judicious pacing, the 100 miles was completed in six hours and five minutes riding, plus three short stops to replenish bottles.

Along with the more scientific carbohydrate drinks and gels, a reviving cup of tea at the last stop with 25 miles to go, Watson reckoned made all the difference.