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Cheddar Cyclosportive 2010 and 2011
100k & 160k events through the Somerset countryside
Sports Massage and Injury Therapy at Cheddar CyclosportiveA few minutes of targeted massage is the ideal way to ease those aching calves, hams and quads
When: Sunday 19th Sept 2010 and again on Sunday 18th Sept 2011
Where (start/finish): Sharpham Road Playing Fields, Sharpham Road, Cheddar, Somerset, BS27 3DR
This popular Sportive (which sadly seems to have long gone now) takes you through the picturesque Somerset countryside with the optional challenge of the awesome Mendip Hills and famous Cheddar Gorge. The 100km has some short but challenging climbs taking you across the historic Somerset Levels to Glastonbury, as far south as Somerton, through High Ham, and back across the levels in a final loop taking in the outstandingly beautiful villages nestled below Crook Peak before heading back to Cheddar.
Thank you Sarah from Cheddar Cycle Store who invited me to take part in this event.
The day started very early (at least for me), with riders who lived just a few hundred yards away, to one fearless enthusiast, who came all the way down from Inverness, some 550 miles away, turning up to face the ups and downs of our very own Mendip hills. Riders could pick either the 100k (60m), or 160k (100m) event, and all spent the final few minutes before the race (not sure if we're supposed to call it that), checking tyre pressures, wheel rims, brakes, gearing, and the correct fitting of the all important timing chip.
The course from cheddar took riders as far west as Burnham-on-sea and Highbridge, north to Blagdon, east to Wells, and south down as far as Somerton. Someone must have been on our side, because the day was just beautiful. Bright, dry, not too cold and not too hot. The perfect day.
I hope you enjoy these few pictures that we had time to snap inbetween working flat out in the massage tent.
Cyclosportive is Britain’s newest and fastest growing cycling discipline and hellish courses are springing up all over the UK to rival anything you'll find on the continent. The new, improved route promised riders a thorough workout through the picturesque Somerset countryside, with the added challenge of the awesome Mendip hills and the famous Cheddar Gorge.
The staggered start, means that the number of riders on a given stretch of road is thinner than might be expected with a mass start, but the timing chip ensures that doesn't matter. Luckily Cheddar sportive is run mostly on relatively quiet country roads, but I know for a fact, that in many areas, bikes can go faster than traffic, AND DO!
Sportives are the cycling cousin of running’s marathon: as with the 42km (26m) event, rather than racing other participants, sportives see many cyclists using the event to challenge themselves in a personal battle against the distance, and then ultimately, the clock. No one can deny that these guys and lasses are pretty tough where it counts, but just one look at the bikes tells you this is serious stuff, with feather light frames and skinny tyres that speed riders along at dizzying speeds.
Everyone seemed to have a great day, and even those who came back with broken bikes, torn clothing and buckled wheels, seemed to enjoy themselves, as did the odd one or two who got lost along the way and had to turn around and quit, or went miles out of their way to find the correct route again. Special thanks to the two St.Johns Ambulance men who thankfully spent most of the day with little to do, except listen to the radio, neither of whom could find the Manchester Utd V Liverpool game on any of the channels. Well I can tell you, Man Utd won 3-2. My son Jordan was over the moon as he is a big Utd fan!
TRAINING FOR A LONG WALK, RUN OR CHARITY EVENT? If you are doing any kind of charity event, run, or long walk, you need to train beforehand and gradually build up your stamina and endurance. This ensures you will perform on the day and succeed, without sustaining an overuse or strain injury. I regularly work with people participating in fun runs, the MoonWalk, other charity events, sportsmen and women of all interests including tennis, golfers, trampolining, athletics and marathon runners. If you are training for any kind of sporting activity, then I invite you to visit The Haven Healing Centre in Blagdon for assistance with sports massage and/or sports related injury. Click here for appointments and contact details. I look forward to welcoming you soon where we can talk about a treatment plan structured around your needs. Phil.
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