Reliability Season 2018 Round 1 – Fife Century

Definitely comes round quicker every year – yes it’s the early season Reliability Rides (also known as people who race trying to pretend they aren’t racing 🙂 ).
First off is the Fife Century run on Feb 11th. It was a very cold morning, with ice patches on the main roads, so no surprise that the route was changed to avoid the worst of the conditions. Numbers seemed down, but the arrival of Team Spokes en masse swelled the numbers of the fast group to around 25. Off we went on the A92 from Freuchie to Parbroath and then down to Newburgh. Pace was tempo rather than full gas and even managed to chat at one point! All that changed as we hit the climb of the day at Glenfarg where the decision seemed to be to ride uphill faster than we had been riding on the flat. This had the unsurprising effect of splitting the bunch as the climb dragged on longer than I remembered. I was in no mans land, solo. I pressed on as best I could as now had a tailwind as we headed back along the main road toward Strathmiglo. It was here that with the help of the cars managed to get back to the bunch. Back to Melville Lodges and then Cupar and a left turn for the drag back toward Parbroath where we lost a few riders. It was through and off time back to Melville Lodges for the 3rd time -I could barely make out 28mph on my Garmin through the tears. My legs were shot and it was all I could do to cling on at the back. The final stretch back to Strathmiglo and then the sprint back to Falkland finished me off. The run was just a shade under the 60 miles in 2:45 at about a 21.5mph moving average so a bit quicker than my usual Sunday Club Run! It’s all worth it for the buffet though and this year didn’t disappoint 🙂 Note that there are rides and groups to suit all, you don’t have to be in the fast group, so I’d recommend it for everyone.

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