Back in February or there a bouts the idea of riding 42 miles and climbing 1400 seemed like a good idea. There would be plenty of time to buy a bike and get fit. Well the bike was relatively easy, a cyclo cross XLS from Planet-X but getting fit was a bit harder. Simply finding the time was hard what with work and life pressure. In the week leading up to the ride I didn't get a chance to do any riding apart from the daily commute, a massive 3 miles.