On the 6th March 2011, 19 members of Cheltenham Triathlon club competed in the Mad March Hare, a 70 mile undulating cycle sportive. Despite a slight chill, the weather looked good as 350 cyclists set off, their pockets stuffed full with malt loaf and bananas.
The "mini" sportive weaved through idyllic villages in Warwickshire, Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, mostly on quiet but well surfaced roads.
The club member with the fastest time was Doug Waymark, who completed the 70 miles in a very impressive time of 3 hours 37 minutes. This was the 3rd fastest time overall, and of course, we could all have gone this fast if we had electronic gears!
The first lady home for the club was Sally Freeman in a time of 5 hours 5 minutes, giving her the eight fastest female time of the day.
For many club members though, time wasn't important. Completing the challenging course with friends and enjoying the beautiful scenery was top of the agenda, whilst for some, enjoying a rolling buffet en-route was essential! The incentive of flapjacks and cake at the top of the steepest 200m climb was enough for most people to get up without walking.