Tour of Cambridgeshire: Gran Fondo

Location: Peterborough Arena, The East of England Showground, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire PE2 6XE

This event was quite exhilarating, on 80 miles of closed roads. We passed through many villages full of cheering residents, lots of exposed fenland, a tricky concrete track, an industrial estate and even a disused runway! It was made more interesting for me when my rear tyre popped off the rim a minute before the start, and in the five minutes it took me to fix it, thousands of leisure riders had streamed past. I spent the first hour in the red, on hilly roads, flying past everyone in a desperate attempt to get back with the race group. Fortunately I came across an equally determined rider and we worked together riding a 2-up time trial to eventually catch the main race bunch. I then punctured in the last few miles, so rode across the line on a flat tyre - finishing 409th overall.

Tour of Cambridgeshire: Gran Fondo

Ride on 2015-06-07 11:07:01, at Peterborough with 74 others

Gear: Ridley Noah (Ridley Noah 1303am)

133km in 3:32:45

Average speed37.6 kmh
Max speed61.2 kmh
Average heart rate158 bpm
Average power263 Watts
Elevation gain318 metres

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Over 100,000 photos were taken on the day, if you search for rider number 844 on the Sportograf website you can see some of me!

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My name is John Swindells and I'm a keen recreational cyclist with a preference for long one-day rides. I've also previously dabbled in time trialling and cyclo-cross. See more of what I get up to on Strava!

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