Sandwich went French for Le Weekend.
After all the cycling training we have done over the past few months, last Sunday Le Weekend had finally arrived. This is the 7th consecutive year that Sandwich has hosted this. On Sunday over 350 cyclists took to the roads for the Le Tour de Sandwich. Matt and I had registered to do the 75K route which is approx. 47 miles. The weather was fine with a slight cool breeze, so perfect cycling conditions.
The ride left Sandwich at 9am and we pedalled through the pretty lanes and villages towards the City of Canterbury. We were almost half way when we encountered our first hill climb just outside the village of Chartham. There were 3 long, brutal hills in a distance of 10K (6miles). It takes my legs about a mile to recover after a hill, so having the climbs in such close proximity, by hill 3 my legs had cramped and I could have probably walked up the final hill faster than I was pedalling. I was pleased to see the food stop in the local village of Aylesham which was a welcome respite and great to chat about the climbs with fellow cyclists.
The final 15k took in the lovely villages of Aylesham, Wingham and Ash before arriving back to Sandwich. The ride took us 3 hours so when we got back to Sandwich the town was alive with people, food, music and cyclists. This event has something for all the family and it’s going to be on my calendar to cycle again and maybe even attempt the 100K. Maybe I will see you there!