Sunday, 25 April 2010
Training for Ten under the Ben is stepped up.
The Ten under the Ben 10 hour race takes place on the 15th of May and today we stepped up the training a notch with a 30 miler at Innerleithen. We set off just after 5.30am from the bottom car park at Innerleithen and reached the top of Minch Moor in an hour and five minutes. From there it was along the Southern Upland Way to the Three Brethern and then down and up various technical bits of track until we eventually came down to the River Tweed at Yair. By this time it was heavy rain but thankfully that passed and we cycled along the singletrack road until we reached the fireroad which takes us back up to the notorious Zs as we call it, a track that's a mile long and zig zags its way back up the hill for a mile. After that killer climb there's some fantastic technical descending through the trees, at some points it seems nearly vertical before we emerge again onto a fireroad. A well earned freewheel down this to the tarmac again and a 2 mile cycle back to the car. A terrific morning's riding even with the rain!