Photo: New recruits to Islington Cycling Club.
It’s that time of year for lots of new stuff. My last blog of 2018 promised a “better than new” bike after her winter strip down and service. I can say it’s certainly as good as new. The drive chain moves smoothly with her new chain ring, chain and cassette. Gear changing is very smooth with the new cables.
Today was also for new riders to ICC. We organise Introductory Rides so that we can explain how to ride in a group, go out for a spin and then explain what ICC is all about over coffee. 19 riders turned up for this session so we split into two groups. According to our newsletter, ICC is now London’s largest cycling club. It’s also wonderfully international. On today’s ride a Dutchman, Belgian, Brazilian, Spaniard and a rider from Gernsey. It was easily the fastest Intro Ride I have ever lead. Most of them younger, fitter and faster than me.
One of the new elements on the bike is a rear wheel. It was getting way too thin with brake wear and might have collapsed. That’s the reason I had the bike serviced. I wanted her in good shape before my big challenge of 2019 starting next Saturday when I start the qualifying rides for Paris-Brest-Paris with a 200k ride. I need to do this plus a 300k, 400k and 600k before mid June.
The good news is that Audax Club Parisien have recognised my 600k ride in 2018 so I can pre-register on the 28th January.
2019 Year to date
Average per ride: 94.48
Climbing metres: 3,698