I did it!!!! Last Sunday i took park in Cycletta at Tatton Park in Cheshire. Cycletta is a series of cycling events round the country designed to get women on their bikes “for fitness and for fun”. You have the choice of doing a 40k or 50k distance. As I’d never done a cycling event before i chose the 40k distance which took us through lots of beautiful Cheshire countryside.
the start line, that’s me in the middle
The event itself was really well organised but it was super cold to start off with which i wasn’t prepared for. All sorts of levels and cyclists take part (I even spied a woman on an electric bike – gotta say i was jealous!). I of course took my beautiful new(ish) road bike. Victoria Pendleton (the Olympic Gold medal cyclist) took part and at the end we all got the chance to meet her. She was very patient and lovely given the huge amount of women that queued up for the chance to have a pic taken with her. I actually got ridiculously excited before meeting her…i’m pretty much a super fan. She looks so pleased to be meeting me huh?!? I got my bib signed by her too.
I need to master helmet hair!!
By the way it’s pretty much impossible to look good next to her so i didn’t even try. Don’t judge me!
I cycled the race with a friend who i hadn’t seen or caught up with in ages so we took the course at a fairly leisurely rate and chatted most of the way, filling our pockets with sweets at the feed stations (that’s what you’re supposed to do right?). I broke away for about the last three miles and raced them which was sooooo much fun.
The goodie bag we all got at the end was amazing. It included a cloth rucksack, lots of free samples, two magazines and a loaf of bread (not pictured below). There were also free massages, manicures and helmet hair rescue stations for all participants.
That evening we stayed in Liverpool at a place called Base2Stay. Base2Stay is a hybrid hotel/apartment. I’m definitely a fan of renting an apartment rather than staying in a hotel when i’m staying in cities. The staff at Base2Stay were super accommodating and housed our bikes for us. The bathroom in our room was so massive i had to get a photo. I mean there were two sinks!! What the?!?!?!
this picture does not do it justice – there’s a huge rainforest type shower hidden in the corner
And yes i am that easily pleased.
So i know i’ve said this in like, thirteen other posts but i’ve soooo got the cycling bug now. It’s so much more fun than running (although still doing that a bit due to impending Great South Run in two and a half weeks!). I even own a little collection of padded lycra shorts that i would never have dreamed of owning (let alone admitted to owning) just six months ago.
Roll on more cycling events!!! There’s one more Cycletta event left this year so if you’re interested check out the Cycletta website. I would if i could but i’ll definitely be signing up for 2013.