Rode the AMR Peak 100 today as the final Sportive in my Etape prep. I don’t think the 25 TT yesterday was ideal prep, especially trying to keep up with the speedsters Martin and John, but it had to be done.
Lovely weather, and a route that I thought was much nicer than Tour of Peak, my computer says a little more climbing as well at 10,500 feet ish in 104 miles. Riding with my Etape buddy John and our mate Dave our aim was to see how we felt and not go daft. John was on his new “ Van Heusen” bike :-) Made a big difference for him, and he kept up well on the climbs, allowing me just enough time for comfort breaks on the summits and a settling down while he caught up. I was riding well under threshold as the legs were a little heavy, but wanted to get the miles in. Feedstations were excellent, no waiting, plenty proper food, pasta, cold meats, cheese, cake etc. Tea and coffee and no rationing.
Some sharpish climbs, long drags and a lovely section through the Goyt Valley. Plenty recovery miles as well and some nice descents. Saw Graham and Alex many times, including as they ventured off alone having missed a turning, they rectified it and we saw that at final feed station of three, eventually passing us at another comfort break near Bakewell. Also saw Ade at feedstation 2.
Not a huge number of riders out, no groups to hang onto, but a ride I would certainly do again over and above Tour of Peak, Shall be an early night for me tonight! Great company on the ride, and again, a cracking route.