Tour of Cambridgeshire - Who's doing it?

How did it go for everyone?

I went off far too hot on the back of a group made up of stronger riders than me - all those sprints out of corners chasing into a headwind took their toll. Got dropped off the back with 30 miles to go and soloed the rest :frowning:

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I made mistake changing gears for a corner, hit the wrong di2 lever and ended up in the small chainring at 40kph. Took me a few seconds to sort myself out and by that stage the front of the group was gone and we couldn’t catch them.
The wind was really unpleasant, either leaning at an angle into it or tucked in as small as possible into it.
Despite the wind it was still insanely fast.

I didn’t qualify for worlds but I’m happy enough with my ride and managed to avoid the crashes, one of which was riders directly in front of me.


I didn’t qualify either but like you happy to stay upright.

Just slightly disappointed that when I was dropped I didn’t have the good sense to sit up and wait for another group. When a group did pass me I didn’t have the legs to stick to the back of it.

What age group were you in smurf?

I want to do it again next year but it seems that there aren’t going to be any race gates - just the gran fondo. That could get messy.

45 - 49 men’s race. I’m 45 in December so one of the youth in the group.
As I heard someone say “fast for a bunch of old guys”

I have to say my quads are feeling quite tender now, stairs may be a challenge tomorrow

Holy all sorts of things

I’ve just got an email from the race organisers


Something to do with a lot of people moving from race to sportive groups so it must place me in the top 25%, even if I’m the last placed person that’s good for me


Me too :thinking: Weird.

I pretty much gave up after bonking at the 70mile mark. Stopped and had a couple of flapjacks at the last food stop.

Dont really think I deserved to qualify but I’ll take it :man_shrugging:

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:smile: The civilised way to qualify.

Iv signed up for this as my A race next year! Any tips other than stay upright?

What training plans did you guys do for it?

Welcome to the Forum

I did SSB mid-volume 1 and 2 in October
Then I think sustained power build
Then rolling road specialty

My FTP didn’t increase massively but time at threshold has and I spent nearly 20% of my time at VO2 max and above.

I then took time off structured training and I’m mostly following it now again preparing for Poland but getting some big rides/races in which suits me better.

I was pretty religious at sticking to SSB but then mental boredom set in and life started getting in the way but I gave me a good base over the winter to build on and that is evident now, I’m still getting stronger.

Are you aiming to qualify for Whistler in 2020 or just have a good ride?
It doesn’t look like there is a race group next year which means a bigger bunch starting in the Gran Fondo.
Bunch riding skills are crucial! A lot of riders do not have those skills.
Watching 3 riders collide right in front of me in a bunch at 50kph wasn’t fun, less so for them I’m sure. There were some nasty crashes - stick to the front of the bunch.
Its fast from the gun till the end, there are lots of turns into narrow roads that punish you if you are too far back, the bunch attacks every little climb and the wind blew like hell this year.

As an event I found it really dull, nothing to do when you finish the ride so everyone just leaves.

Cheers! Iv been hovering on here for a while but never posted

I want to qualify for worlds purely as a goal as opposed to me actually wanting to go to worlds

I was planning on doing the SSB plan around Christmas, then into sustained power, then wasn’t to sure on the speciality, i was considering the climbing race place for the sustained high power as that may help in the wind?

This year is my first year of racing and iv done a good few crits and my first road race in a few weeks time, so hopefully bunch riding won’t be an issue atleast on my part,

Its just the gran fondo and the sportive next year so yes It will be a busy field of riders

My missus and dad are doing the sportive so I’ll have a long wait for them to finish so was hoping for something to do at the end

First 90km are rolling road, then there is a pan flat 50km section which is exposed to the wind as the roads are higher than the surrounding land, and then a few lumps.

The pace and corners of the first half need a more attacking ride to stay with the bunch rather than constant power. The wind was brutal but even at that it was a tailwind at times.

You might want to take a book for the end though

I’ll take your advice and do the rolling road then!

Hopefully it should be a fun and safe event, will be carrying on with the crit racing and road races when I can so should keep plenty of punch

I’ll just make sure I have that weeks podcast saved and put the head phones on while I watch everyone else come in

I’m signed up for it too. Heard it’s just like a massive crit race, especially more so now it’s one big bunch. A few crits in prep will help I reckon!

My main queries are around nutrition, even though it’s well in advance. Kind of hoping I can rope my wife into getting to a couple of places mid way round to hand out bottles/bars/gels. Don’t really want to stop at the feed stations. Thoughts on that?

I used beta fuel this year, 2 big bottles (980ml each) and I had a soft, collapsible bottle in my pocket with an electrolyte as it was really hot. No need to carry any other food as you can’t absorb any more carbs than the amount beta fuel has.
Took a caffeine shot around 3.5 hrs.
That lasted me the race, gave my emergency gels away to a few riders who were hurting towards the end.

Carboloaded the days before, lots of water, carb drink in the morning before the race and it worked for me.

Beta fuel is a good shout. Would want to try it first though! I still reckon I’d need more than that for 4-5 hours mind.

Iv used beta fuel on a few occasions for bigger events iv not wanted to stop on and it works wonders, my plan is the same as smurfs for TOC

2 big bottles with beta fuel in
And will have 1 or 2 emergency/ caffeine gels with me and hope I manage to get to the end before I run out of water to much haha, planning on not stopping incase I get in a fast group who doesn’t stop, then if I do get chance to grab some more water its just a bonus

Plenty of food/drink the days leading up and in the morning,

The pace is so fast I vaguely recall seeing one feeding station, I have no idea how many there were or where they were but there wasn’t the option of grabbing anything whilst you fly past unless you arrange your own support

Sounds like fun

I had a blast when I did it, a proper adrenaline rush. I did well to stay upright, there were lots of sketchy moments. I rode most of the time in the middle of a peloton of 200-or-so riders and saved a ton of energy, it was one of the easier rides.
Nutrition was gels and 2 x 950ml of water. I ran out with 20km to go.
Ride in the world champs with my national jersey was something special.