Thanks to everyone who made Sunday such an enjoyable day. The sun shone and the temperature crept into double figures as more than 1,000 riders set out from Epsom Downs Racecourse for our very own Surrey Hills Cyclone sportives.
Boardman Bikes is much more than the series sponsor, it also supplies the star attraction and there was certainly no shortage of well-wishers wanting to meet the former Olympic champion and Tour de France leader.
Chris Boardman towed this rider around much of the short course before his patience finally snapped and he rode away up Pebblecombe Hill to the finish to present medals to the other finishers back at the racecourse. Whether it was at a feed stop, because of a puncture, or waiting for me at the top of a climb, whenever Chris stopped out would come the autography books and cameras for riders to record themselves meeting their hero.
So what was Merseyside’s greatest verdict on the Surrey lanes? Great course, but Chris was pretty appalled by the condition of the roads down south. Over recent years we’ve grown accustomed to a seemingly endless succession of potholes and it takes a visitor to remind us that it really isn’t acceptable to have our roads littered with wheel crunching defects. www.fillthathole.org.uk really needs a few more hits.
If you’re up for a challenge, the next round of our series is in Devon on May 4. The Dartmoor Demon has 98 and 58 miles routes starting from Exeter Racecourse.