- Leeds to Nottingham
- 75 miles
- 1800 feet climbed
- 1000 sheep. Some cows. 63 pigs.
- 2 nuclear reactors
Our route took us through Sherwood Forest, which was fun for me. It’s hard not to feel like a kid again riding through Sherwood Forest into Nottingham!
Today was a pretty nice day. It’s a shame that as we come further south our surroundings are less desolate and the roadways are much more populated. As a result, we spend more time concentrating and less time enjoying our environment. Weather today was beautiful. Winds were calm most of the day, and there was only a 15 minute patch of rain that we unintentionally but fortunately avoided on our lunch break.
To say these last 3 days have been tough would be an understatement. Mentally, there were a lot of obstacles to overcome. Physically the back-to-back-to-back days of punishing terrain and distance were difficult. I can’t tell you how many times over the past several months, I’ve cursed the name of Mike Kuhn, our coach (another link) as I opened the dreaded email that laid out the workout for the day. “Tell me again why I’m riding 6 hrs today I just did 4 yesterday.” Today it’s clear. This guy isn’t just a sadist. He had a method to his madness. It was good to finish this segment of the ride and still feel pretty strong (and injury free!)
Tomorrow we’ll rest up and take care of some minor aches and pains and then it’s on to Cambridge.
A shout-out to Vetta, especially our friend Kin-Joe Sham, Marketing Manager. Vetta makes cycling computers and tools for our bicycles. The cycling computers kept our cadence on steady and the tools kept our bikes moving. Check out this video of us using their tool to compact tool on the road.
A second shout-out to Best Western Westminster in Nottingham, especially their manager Phil Rea who made us feel so at home. The hotel had a lovely sitting room and the best restaurant service we had during our entire trip. Nothing is better after a long ride than a hot bowl of soup and a funny and doting wait staff. 312 Mansfield Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire NG5 2EF, +44-115-9555000