I’ve just entered next year’s Velothon. If I’m honest, I’m not that big on Sportives – nothing against them, but with some exceptions, I’d mostly rather race, train or dawdle – and certainly not riding it for me; I’ll be riding for my mum who passed away last year after a short and vicious battle with cancer, and I’m doing it for Emily, my younger cousin who sadly died in October aged 32 from the same disease. I’m also doing it for the other friends lost in recent years (there are several) and as importantly, in celebration of those who’ve been more fortunate in their battles.
To make the ride trickier, I’ll be doing it on a single speed, which will make the 140km route feel longer, make the hills feel a little hillier – Caerphilly mountain will be a proper sting in the tail – and everywhere else a solitary lesson in the efficacy of cadence. Charity pages will be set-up and if I can get my arse into gear, I’ll sort out a cycling jersey (SINGLE MINDED – one cause, many people). If anyone else would like to do the same and join me, you’d be very welcome; jersey orders get cheaper as they swell in number and cancer has affected most of us at some point (though I’m not suggesting riding your sportives on a single speed).