Words by Liz Morrell
Liz Morrell, a road cycling newbie and mum of two, reveals her journey to Velothon Wales – and how real life getting in the way has meant nerves have kicked in with just a few weeks to go.
In April 2016 after dusting off a second-hand road bike that I had bought the year before and then hidden away in my shed, I decided I’d set myself a challenge and enter my first ever Velothon – Velothon Wales on Sunday, July 9th.
Velothon Wales is 140 km in length (yes, guys and girls I opted for the longer distance of the two options available because I thought I’d set myself yet another challenge) and with both The Tumble and Caerphilly Mountain (yes, mountain) to conquer includes a leg crunching 5,990 ft of climbing.
This will be my most challenging ride to date, my first ever closed road event and with the prospect of 15,000 riders speeding past me and a broom wagon which will sweep up competitors after seven and a half hours, it’s fair to say I’m quite frankly terrified.
Theory versus reality
In theory, my training should and could have been highly structured and I’d be in peak fitness with a total confidence that I will conquer the course with no problems.