Congratulations to Will Pomeroy who has won £510 of winter clothing in our competition with British brand, Vulpine.
We asked you to tell us about your most exhilarating ride, and had some superb responses describing experiences on the bike that were many and varied.
Will’s winning entry was a description of his ride on the Exmouth Exodus, a ride he compared to the Dunwich Dynamo, “only with hills”…and a little bit more.
Having purchased a second-hand Brian Rourke frame fashioned from Reynolds 753 tubing, and built his machine with a Campagnolo Chorus groupset of similar vintage, Will set off from Bristol on a Saturday evening and rode the 110 miles to Exmouth.
While others on the ride would have considered their night’s work done, Will’s had only just begun. Having promised to join a family holiday and meet friends near Lands End, he refuelled with a full English breakfast and set off on a hilly 140 mile route to the Cornish coast.
“I set off alone to conquer Devon and Cornwall knowing there was going to be some good climbs ahead. Unlike the Exmouth Exodus with its three defining climbs, this was going to be a multitude of leg breaking beauties.
“Hitting Horsebridge on the Devon-Cornwall border, I took a few minutes and watched an otter with her two cubs playing in the Tamar – a wonderful moment. After the final killer ascent starting from Newlyn to Paul I relaxed, knowing I was pretty much there.
“To finish it all off, the rain came down washing sweat into my eyes. Squinting, I limped into the finish, bedraggled, knackered but buzzing knowing I had just doubled my previous longest ride and put in about 4000m of climbing.
“Once I had the tent and all the gubbins set up I was done and relaxed with family and friends. What a fantastic 24 hours. I slept in the next morning!”
Many thanks to everyone who took part. Each entry was a cracking read and a real reminder of how much cycling means to so many people.