Since doing the SDW last year, and not doing any big rides this year, I felt that there should be a special challenge for next year!
Here's the set-up I used on my old bike (steel DMR SS):
Anyhow, back to the [planned] ride...
The Wessex Way is hailed as being " a ride of epic statistics - the longest off-road, coast-to-coast ride in England,comprising a week's trail-blazing that traverses the breadth of the ancient kingdom to which it is dedicated."
It is 250 miles from start to finish, so clearly this isn't going the be a 'one day' bimble.... A bit of head scratching and reflection on realistic cycling capabilities has drawn the conclusion that a three day attempt should be on the cards - this still means over 80 off road miles per day, with the latter half of the ride being the rather hilly South Downs Way (it's pretty rare to contemplate a ride where the second half is the SDW!).
Here's the route in more detail - I wanted to get it up in 1:50000 but it's too big to pot up in a realistic number if images!
I'll keep these pages updated with significant training rides and gear selection.
I have a feeling there'll be a few jaunts up and down the SDW, fully loaded, in order to prepare for this!
I've sort of pencilled in sometime in June 2014 to get this done and dusted - hopefully this'll give me plenty of time to prepare and panic.....