The cottages4you sponsored Predator and Mini Predator cycle races take place in the hills of Pendle this Sunday (7 August 2011). So we thought we’d introduce some of our competitors and give them an opportunity to share their training tips and experiences so far.
First up, Web wizard Jamie Harrop on ‘Granny Gear’, walking like a duck and a little bit about cycling…
What made you decide to take part in the Mini Predator?
Honestly? I was convinced by the women in Marketing. I can’t say no to women. It’s a serious issue I really need to deal with because it means I end up doing crazy challenges like this one! “It’ll be fun” they said. “I’m an idiot”, I said. At the end of the day, I’m just a Web designer who does nothing but click a mouse button all day. Still, I reckon I’ll do better at cycling than Chris Hoy would do at designing Web sites.
What’s your training regime been like?
My what? Typing on this keyboard and clicking my mouse all day means I’ll be able to hold on to the handlebars quite tight, if that counts. On a serious note, I’ve done a little, but not as much as I would have liked. My longest ride so far was a 40 miler in wind, rain and fog around Settle. That was fun, apart from the cycling part. I’ve done a few leg weights in the gym (and then spent a week walking like a duck). I’ve done a few 10 and 20 mile rides, but nothing too structured or regular. I’m keeping myself fresh (and fat) for the actual race. Wish me luck!
How long do you think it will take you to finish the course?
I’m hoping for less than six hours, but having never done a ride of this distance I really have no idea how long it’ll take me. Just as long as I come in before dark and don’t trouble Mountain Rescue in finding me, I’ll be a happy cyclist.
Any tips to share with your fellow competitors?
I’m competitive. Very, very competitive. If you overtake me, I’ll push you off. You have been warned!
Seriously, (I’m taking this race very seriously, as you can tell), take it steady from the start. Get plenty of speed uphill, and keep the speed up. The last thing you want to do is slow down half way up a hill, slip the bike in to Granny Gear and then spend 15minutes slowing grinding uphill. I mean you’ll be laughed at in Granny Gear, and you really don’t want that. People laughing at you hurts far more than aching legs. And on that note, I guess this ride is going to hurt me…
The Pendle Predator is part of Pendle Cycle Fest 2011. If you’re in the area on Sunday why not pop down and enjoy a host of fun family activities at the Rolls Royce Sports Ground in Barnoldswick. Find more details on the website.