So the big ride 2019 is Paris-Brest-Paris. I have unfinished business from 2015, otherwise I minght not have bothered. It's a big event with some big downsides but it has to be done once, so I am in.
First of all there are the qualifiers, you have to do a 200, 300, 400 and 600 to get to the line. But getting to the line is not enough, you reall yhave to be fighting fit, full of attitude and have your food sorted.
Being a coeliac having food sorted is actually much more difficult than the actual turning of the pedals. So as well as the 'normal' UK qualifiers next year I am doing something called the Normandicat - 900km ish in May. It's not Audax but it does go through the same general territory, so lots of Northern France rollers, and I will have to feed myself from supermarkets and bars as best I can. Not having French it's all quite challenging so I am hoping that I can get over myself and learn how to feed in french.
I like this area of the world too. We have holidayed a couple of times in this patch of the world so (a small) part of my route will be known to me.
Then for 600s we will have the good old Flatlands, which I will need to push myself on this year to see if I can get through 600 in the magic 30 hours. Then there is 'Wander Wye' which will be hillier, so more like 36.
Ideally I would do a 100km ride (3.5 days) from the back door at some stage in July.
The training has already begun - I have been keeping my hours up since summer and am probably fitter than I was in summer as we come into xmas. This is largely on account of makign sure that I get rides in. If I can't get out on the roads I will be in the gym spending anywhere from 1:20 to 2:00 during long endurance intervals. It's not the most pleasant thing to do but it is better than getting a cold soaking and being harrassed by drivers in the dark!
My entered rides are...
200km Sat 19 Jan 2019 209km The Willy Warmer from Chalfont St PeterRemove item from your calendar
100km Sat 02 Feb 2019 105km Knights Templar Compasses from WithamRemove item from your calendar
200km Sat 16 Mar 2019 214km The Cambridge Pork Pie from Girton, CambridgeRemove item from your calendar
300km Sat 06 Apr 2019 309km 3Down London - New Forest from Chalfont St Peter, Bucks, SL9 9QXRemove item from your calendar
300km Sat 27 Apr 2019 319km The Capitals of East Anglia from Girton, CambridgeRemove item from your calendar
300km Sat 04 May 2019 301km Green & Yellow Fields from ManningtreeRemove item from your calendar
600km Sat 18 May 2019 606km The Flatlands from Churchend,Dunmow, EssexRemove item from your calendar
900km Wed 29 May 2019 900km Normandicat, Normandy France
400km Sat 01 Jun 2019 414km Asparagus & Strawberries from ManningtreeRemove item from your calendar
600km Sat 15 Jun 2019 611km Wander Wye from Raynes Park