Blenheim Palace 100

Four Southend Wheelers, Mike O'Kill, Martin Sutton, Martin Harris and Terry Butcher, entered the Blenheim 100 on Sunday 3rd October. There was a choice or routes - either 100 miles or 100 kilometres. Both routes passed through quiet lanes and picture-postcard villages of the Cotswolds, featuring some long climbs. The conditions were not favourable, with the 08:00am starting time coinciding with a heavy downpour. The torrential rain soon turned to drizzle and then back to persistent rain which lasted virtually all day. At the 25 mile feed stop where the two routes diverged, the team decided to opt for the shorter 100km route as the rain had made many of the descents tricky, bordering on the dangerous. This seemed to be the most popular option amongst the 3,000 riders.

The ride back to Blenheim passed through more villages, including Bourton-on-the-Water, Shipton-under-Wychwood and Mister Lovell. Despite the glorious countryside being lost in the grey skies, the team enjoyed the ride and pledged to enter more sportives next year.


Mike O'Kill, Sutton, Martin Harris & Terry Butcher at a very wet Blenheim Palace


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