Century rides are an illusion. You think 100 miles on a bike is tough. There are so many variables to affect you; wind, temperature, hydration, food, incline, mechanical failure. However it’s all in the mind. as Graham Fife says: “The greatest battle is not physical but psychological. The demons telling us to give up when we push ourselves to the limit can never be silenced for good. They must always be answered by the quiet, the steady dignity that simply refuses to give in. Courage. We all suffer. Keep going.”
and Jens Voigt says “Shut up Legs” just about sums it up. But the century rides are getting much, much easier, people like Mark Beaumont who pedalled round the world doing at least 100 miles a day I have nothing but admiration for, I am beginning to understand the life of an endurance cyclist. My riding will never be the same again.