Starting from Bishops Lydeard, the route took riders via Cheddon Fitzpaine, Creech Saint Michael, North Curry and Curry Rivel before the first control at Langport, a stop where Morgan partook of much cake!
Refuelled, we continued through Somerton and Charlton Adam, before heading through Babcary to the second control based at the Haynes Museum in Sparkford.
A quick sandwich later and we had turned and started the route back to Bishops Lydeard, this leg took us to Queen Camel and onwards through RNAS Yeovilton towards Ilchester. Heading North out of Ilchester we crossed back over the A303 and were soon heading back into Langport via Long Sutton and Huish Episcopi. There was a distinct headwind now, but even so the pace was kept up, and Morgan certainly had little problem in cracking along through the very scenic countryside – most probably with thoughts of more cake to be had at Langport. Victoria Sponge was the order of the day when we arrived at the café/control, and it was swiftly despatched!
The final leg retraced our steps to Bishops Lydeard, the last 10 miles being a gradual but definite climb, and once back we were greeted with tea, cake, biscuits and beans! All meeting with the approval of the young VC rider!
A really great day out, and a lovely ride as it always is. Whilst it never feels like you are climbing or descending, there are a good 3600 feet of up over the course, but you only notice on a couple of occasions towards the end. Thanks to Wellington Wheelers CC for organising, and we will look forward to next years Doddle.
PS – a well done to Morgan for keeping a good pace over the 75 mile course, completing it in 4 and a half hours. Great riding fella, the Isle of Wight Randonnee awaits.”
We wish Sulis Scorpion rider Morgan a speedy recovery after crashing and breaking his collarbone in his Castle Combe track race on Good Friday.
Good article in the British Cycling newsletter this week with advice about nutrition for Sportives and other long distance rides. (BC members will need to log-in to view it)