I was going to do this ride on August bank holiday Monday but abandoned after 5 miles because I was sick. Thank goodness I did, because this was an absolute beast of a ride. I didn’t realise it was 3 AAA points and the Garmin reported it was 8530ft of climbing in just 68 miles! Some of these climbs were just brutal – steep and not particularly short, especially the ones at the end on Gorsey Brow and Apple Street.
Looking above 21 sections of climbing above 10% gradient, 6 above 15% and 1 above 25%!
A stiff headwind made any section riding south difficult and there was a very obvious autumnal feel to the day.
I underestimated this ride today thinking I’d be finished fairly quickly and now my legs are wrecked – just in time for the North Cheshire Clarion Audax tomorrow!
Ride stats : 68.5miles in 5hrs 28m @ 12.5mph average. 8530ft of climbing, average HR of 150bpm and 4801kcals of energy used