The short version
So, my first ever organised cycle event!
I honestly couldn't have picked a better one!
69 miles of Lakeland with 1910m of ascent, and the kind of day that really did show the Lakes at their best. Sunny with little wind to speak of, and there even wasn't too much traffic on Hardknott and Wrynose passes.
Hardknott deserves its reputation. It's a bit of a brute, but cycling it was successfully completed :o)
I got to ride and chat with some really pleasant people, and I REALLY enjoyed the climbs.
When I'm at the PC, I'll blog more completely