This is a draft of the post (below the fold) I started writing after last year’s Burgess Hill Sportive. It’d been my first sportive, and first proper ride, of the year. It was also the first time I almost died on a ride. Had to stop and recover, twice each, on both Kidds Hill (The Wall) and Cob Lane before completing them (I never walk uphill, that’s for hiking trips). It was an embarrassment, and a wake up call. Thankfully, it came well in time and I could prepare better for the one that mattered – RvV (Tour of Flanders) sportive. Just leaving this out here, now that I’ve finally successfully completed the course. Might even come back to this some day and finish the post. It deserves this.
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It never gets easier, you just go faster.