Team Eunomia has been slogging its way across the hills of Yorkshire on the second day of its charity cycle challenge for FoodCycle.
Team co-ordinator Amy Slack somehow found the energy to round up the day’s action for those following the team’s progress.
We were greeted this morning by the welcome sight of bright blue skies as we prepared for another day in the saddle with the breakfast of champions: a huge fry up. While the weather was an improvement on yesterday, the terrain was less so. The ride started off as it promised to go on… hilly, very hilly! We needed all the energy we could get.
I set off with Group 1, leaving Joe and James to start a little later with the faster group. We climbed and climbed all morning with a few fast descents, but any relief was short lived. The hills predictably split everyone into much smaller groups, the fast group catching up with us just before a lovely downhill section so briefly got to see how my colleagues were faring on the climbs. Surprisingly, given our rather varied approach to training, we all felt pretty good!
The last hill of the morning was the long and hard Holme Moss. Taking a leaf out of James’s book, I ‘talked’ (i.e. shouted and cursed) myself to the summit, feeling a great sense of achievement when I finally arrived.
There was still a lot of writing on the roads from the Tour de France, which provided some much-needed motivation. I met up with Joe and James at the top, and we cycled together down to the lunch stop.
The afternoon’s hills didn’t get any easier. If anything, they were a little steeper, with little scope to carry any momentum from the preceding descent. I had to keep reminding myself to enjoy the incredible scenery as my legs complained at me. The last hill of the day, nick-named ‘the jaw breaker’ was particularly unwelcome!
It was an extra tough day, which meant an extremely slow average speed of 10.5mph – I usually average about 15mph. However, it made the end of ride cider all the sweeter….
Tomorrow Team Eunomia will be moving on to rather different terrain as they make their way South, before ending up in London on Sunday. The team would be grateful for any sponsorship to help inspire them along their way: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/EunomiaYorkshireToLondon