Cycling in 2014 Part 1

With over 10,000 kms completed this year in 200 rides, The Wattmeister is in a good position to look back at some highs and lows of cycling in 2014.

January kicked off with the Poor Student audax 206 kms in the company of Pistol, Slayer, Quiet Assassin and SavilleRow Alex. A brutal start to the year in appalling conditions. It was memorable for many things, but mostly for the camaraderie of the group in adverse conditions.

In February, Iron Mike, Pistol and The Wattmeister tested their Spanish in the Sierra de Grazalema, just north of Marbella and ticked off the climbs of Puerto del Boyar at 1100 m and the beautiful Puerto de las Palomas at 1358m.

March saw a gentle increase in speed and mileage with Muswell Hill Peloton including some fast laps of Regents Park and longer rides out into Hertfordshire. It also saw the emergence of Slayer as a formidable lop-sided sprinter.

On April 12th, TW, Quiet Assassin and SavilleRowAlex tackled the mighty Elenith audax in Shropshire and Central Wales. At 306 kms and with 4,780m of climbing, this is a tough day out on the bike. It finished with a sprint finish at 9 p.m in the village of Upton Magna.

The following week found The Wattmeister in the Belgian Ardennes just before Liege-Bastogne-Liege. A ride was cobbled together to include the climbs of the mighty Stockeu from Stavelot, which features a statue of Eddy Merckx at the halfway point, and the formidable La Redoute from Aywaille. A ‘must visit’ area for all cyclists, if only for the ‘frites met mayo’ and Belgian beer.



to be continued…



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