Fluent in Cross friend Giles Perkins (Here Come the Belgians) rode the 3 Peaks for the first time on Sunday. And like many newcomers, despite preparing diligently and thoroughly, he found it to be a very intense experience….
Fluent in Cross took Giles out for a recce prior to the race which whilst it clearly paid dividends, did not guarantee him a trouble free ride in what is a brutal and tricky race. Here’s how he got on:
Date: Sun. 28th September
Location: Helwith Bridge, Yorkshire Dales
Weather: Still, lightly overcast, warm
Synopsis: HQ early / sign on / Hope hot air balloon / fettled bike / prepped food and drink / gridded 4 to 4 1/2 hour section / waiting / anxious / nervous / 9:30am off / slow roll-out / quickly to 30mph / peleton stringing out / crash ahead left / another crash, centre / settle down / turn off to Simon Fell / through the farm / over the stream / up towards the fell / dismount / trudge / steep / steeper still / drop a bottle trying to drink / step out of a shoe / lose shoe again / zig-zag up the steepest part / don’t look up / don’t look back / over Rawnsley’s leap / ride hard to the base of Ingleborough / saddlebag loose / stop / ride some more / trudge up the rocky path / dib-in on Ingleborough / descend a short while / dismount / scramble down the bank / picking through the rocks / remount / surge down to Cold Cotes / dib-in / fresh bottle / fast down the lane to Ingleton / up the climb / leading a group / fast to the Whernside turn / drink some more / dismount for bridleway / take a cup of water / ride a short while / first twinges of cramp / shoulder the bike / trudge up the staircase / trudge / step by step / no looking up / ride a short while / more carrying / dib-in on Whernside / descend avoiding the rocks / walkers everywhere / down the slabs / over the stile at Blea Moor / take the line through the field / overtake / overtake some more / fast past the signal box / take the shortest line at the viaduct / stop briefly to refuel / banana, fresh bottle, gel / onto the road / take gel / drink water / legs cramp up / slow down to ride it out / get in a group / turn into Pen-y-Ghent lane / ride hard / left line through the rocky section / descending leaders everywhere / push on / forced to dismount by slower riders / turn at the last gate / ride up as far as I can / trudge / trudge / trudge / blister on my left foot / struggle ever upwards / don’t look up / getting slower / finally make the top / glorious views / dib-in on Pen-y-Ghent / descend as best I can / onto the path / hands battered / fast down the lane / no-one around / finally the bottom / onto the road / 2 miles to go / screaming in pain / cramp everywhere / motorcycle alongside / welcome words of encouragement / end in sight / reach the funnel / dib-in / the end / dazed / confused / pale / empty / broken / safe / happy
Result: 4hrs 44mins 48 secs, 409th from 529 finishers, 26 DNFs / 184th Vet40 from 231 finishers, 6 DNFs
Pic: Andrew Burgess