As the second stage of my challenge to complete the London Classics ( my first was the London Marathon in 1984) I completed the Ride London 100 mile cycle sportive. I suffered the all day torrential rain with 30,000 other riders on closed roads in London and Surrey. We had to miss Leith and Box Hills as they had been closed due to accidents. Completed the 86 miles in 7 hrs 14 minutes. I can’t say I enjoyed the experience and I won’t do it again but it has got me the second stage and now I start training for the 2 mile Swim Serpentine on 22nd September. Now I really am looking forward to that.

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