Chris Skelhorn

Age: 53  |  

Audax ‘19
Chris Skelhorn

What was your reason for wanting to ride the Trafalgar Way? 

I’d already ridden 200, 300 & 400km during Audax rides and the inaugural Trafalgar Way Audax was a natural next step. The history of the route also appealed to me having spent 13 years in the Royal Navy. The charity I ride for is also based in Falmouth, Turn to Starboard so it gave me the opportunity to meet the team also….it’s almost like I was destined to ride it.

How would you sum up your ride of the Trafalgar Way to a friend? 

It was epic on many levels. The scenery, the roads, the people, the weather and not forgetting the organisation. Having rode it in those conditions and completed it I believe I’m capable of anything!

What was your most memorable part of the ride?

The lady in the Texaco garage at Burton Bradstock. The Costa machine was out of order so she made me a coffee and told me to help myself to anything I wanted from the hot food counter as she was throwing it away. The weather was horrendous previous to that stop and it boosted my spirits to make it to The Swan in Abbotsbury where I met up with James, Ash & Andi with whom I completed the ride.

What are your top 3 tips for anyone thinking of riding the Trafalgar Way?

1) Complete at least a hilly 300km first. It’s quite lumpy and I think it surprised some riders including me.

2) Check the weather and pack accordingly. If it’s going to be nasty pack kit as food is available all along the route.

3) Remember 1mph is better than 0mph & never give up during the night - things are always better when the sun comes up.

What are your top bits of equipment or kit you wouldn’t want to ride the Trafalgar Way without?

My Hunt, Continental GP5000 shod tubeless wheels.

Alpkit Stem Cell - handy to store Jelly Babies (mine did turn into a Jelly Baby jacuzzi though as the drawstring broke filling it up with rain water)

Otter socks - I didn’t have them for my attempt but I won’t leave home in bad weather without them.

What bike (make and model) and chainset / cassette set up did you ride the Trafalgar Way with (if available)?

Van Nicholas Skieron Ti. As many bike fitters have told me I should be on a rugby pitch not a bike so my gearing is Ultegra 50/34 with an 11/34 cassette which helps me on the hills.

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