Once again we had taken on Rapha’s Festive 500 with the view to test out some new routes ready for a couple of events we are planning in 2020. There would be the usual issues of family, trying to finish off a kitchen and the weather. There had been a lot of rain in the build up and as we rarely cycle on roads we knew it was going to be a challenge.
Our aim was to either ride 68km each day or two super long rides in preparation for adventures and rides to come. Neither of these worked out for one reason or another and we ended up getting the odd quick route in followed by a 150km+ ride every few days.
What we had planned was far more epic and I’m still aiming to tackle the challenge of the 300km route this year. Best laid plans and all that I find that the Festive 500 just doesn’t seem to always pan out how you intend it. I guess that is the spirit of the ride.
As said previously the weather had played a large part of it. As had the fact we were trying new routes and a large part of the time was spent walking through muddy fields ankle deep in what could only be called as slop! We had fun, we argued like any couple would but all-in-all by the time we arrived home each day we had smiles on our faces.
Having half a kitchen didn’t help but coming home to slow cooked food, left over rib of beef and the odd Christmas pudding gave us the comforting hug one needs after an epic day in the saddle.
No matter where you cycle or how far you achieve, Rapha’s Festive 500 is all about the spirit of adventure for us.
Next year, fingers crossed, we are planning something epic again but in more suitable climate where it shouldn’t be raining cats and dogs for weeks on end. Roll on 2020 and all that it has to offer.
May your adventures be long and your troubles short.