To challenge myself against the distance, time and terrain initially - then after the tragedy in Manchester it was to raise money
Hard, beautiful and rewarding with extreme highs and lows.
The event is fantastically organised and I still find the fact that if I hadn’t a GPS I could have followed the orange triangles from Falmouth to London (every turning - every roundabout was signed) a truly phenomenal effort!
RTTW is a friendly representation of what cycling should be about - the journey - and riding with like-minded strangers at the beginning and friends by the end is testament to that.
Aid stations were staffed by conscientious and helpful marshals and the hot food (especially in Blandford) was life saving.
Riding from Blandford in the pitch black into London and seeing the skies getting bright
Climb as much as you can in training
Temper how long you stop each time it eats away at the 24 hours without you realising
Keep warm and dry as much as possible - spare bib shorts aren’t just a luxury
Battery pack and cable for phone and garmin
Storck Visioner with a 52/36 and 11/28 set up