I've held off putting this on the blog as I had submitted it for inclusion in the Audax UK magazine - it has now been published in there, so here's the gory details: There's also some Strava data here:
The Pendle had sat teasing me in the AUK calendar all season. I knew I wanted to ride it, but didn't know if I could ride it. Last year was it's first running and the reports from those who had ridden it made it sound amazing, but very challenging. These were some of the real hard men of Audax saying it was the hardest thing they had ever done. Could this ride be beyond me?
So after having been noisily awoken, I couldn't get back to sleep - so I got up and looked out of the window. It looked like a warm day was on the cards, so I dumped some warmer stuff into my drop bag and put on a short sleeve jersey and arm warmers instead of my long sleeved jersey I'd been wearing the previous day.