Rod Inglis braved the wintery May weather to take part in the Jurassic Classic Sportive. Although it was a bit of a damp day, there was no real rain. It was a great course with fantastic views, starting and ending flat from Bovington Tank Museum with a few hills in between, the highest point being a 1.8km, 7% average gradient section up along the Lulworth Range. With the efforts of the climbs comes the rewards of some spectacular coastal views down over Warbarrow and Kimmeridge Bay. Finishers were rewarded with a medal, beer from Freedom Brewery and other goodies from our partners at Jimmy’s Iced Coffee and OTE sport.
Rod found it a very enjoyable ride. He quickly found a pace buddy, a Kiwi down from Surrey for the weekend, to chat to. He pushed the pace on after the second feed stop at 50 miles while Rod decided to back off a bit and take time out to mend a flat tyre soon after restarting.
The route took riders through Corfe Castle and on to Swanage, where the whole population appeared to be wearing race numbers – or possibly vaccine certificates?
It was impeccably sign posted on route, but just in case Rod, who has a knack of getting lost, had Komoot navigation running through Bluetooth out of ear headphones, in the background.