Me, well i ventured into new “Off Highlighter” territory with the 30 mile (wee) Cairn O Mount Challenge.
There was only one small stretch near Tannadice that i had previously been down. The day was perfect for the cycle. Talking to those around me at the start some where on their first ever event some where using as a warm up for a triathlon and others were out for something new. Off we went and very quickly 2 bullets sped off then 2 more, I thought there was to be a further bullet but all she was doing was getting ahead of her pals to take their photos. Villages names were familiar only from A90 sign posts. Up we went past the Christmas tree plantation and off into deepest Angus. The first half passed and nobody else was passing me (so far). No stopping at the feed station, i was saving my stop for later (3 un planned). Then the road went up. Then climbs up though some bends and we were then by a very pleasant looking small loch. Then the road kicked up further and i got passed. It was at this point that i had my un-planned stop part way up the climb. Once the breathing had calmed it was off again over the hill. Rounding a corner a yapping Jack Russell comes bounding from the house but thankfully keeps it’s yapping to his own side of the fence. Oh joy the road goes up again and the previous passer is at the side of the road completing his puncture repair. Thankfully I didn’t snigger as 2 seconds I changed down and the chain comes off. Off again and all going smoothly and change down again and off the chain comes! Things come in 3’s don’t they! Got passed again by puncture man and another flyer. For those of you who know me and my sneezing fits can relate to this next bit, but as I went past a field where the cows were lined up by the fence I took a sneezing fit! Boy did that scatter the cows to the other side of the field!
On to the finish and a cuppa and a chat with Mr Puncture and the other flyer. The real early flyers were already in their cars and pulling out of the car park. Remember the earlier yapping Jack Russell, we the other cyclist i has chatted to at the start were now coming in and each group all had stories of the same dog but by now he was out of the garden and onto the road chasing and one of them ended up in the verge as she tried to get away and another had her foot unclipped ready to kick it.
I’d originally signed with Lesley as she fancied a challenge, boy was I glad by the end that she had pulled out. With the climbs I think i would probably have been dead and divorced by the end 🙂