Almost a month ago I participated in the Rapha Women’s 100 challenge, where women around the world set off to ride as close to 100km as they could in one day. In exchange, Rapha offered to send out cute, fabric roundels to all the finishers and I wanted to be one of them.
I was out at a beautiful cottage on the day of the challenge, so instead of rounding up my lovely girl riders, Andre and I mapped out a 105 km route along the country roads by Lake Calabogie and set off.
While we didn’t anticipate the hills to be as steep as they were nor did we realize how hard rolling hills were. What we truly didn’t expect were the unsafe passing by motorists along the country ‘highway’. Most cars passed us with ample room, but so many rushed to overtake us even when there was on-coming traffic.
As you can see in the first photo below, there isn’t much of a shoulder on the highway. Every time a vehicle buzzed closely by, I had to clench my handlebars to not get sucked into the side of the vehicle and hold my breath, because it felt like if I took even a slight deviation from my line, I would be toast.
All I could think of, during the highway portion of this ride was, ‘This is why Greg Curnoe isn’t with us anymore.’
We were so happy when we were back on quiet country roads!
And here we are at the end of our first metric century, feeling tired but accomplished.
I’m looking forward to getting my roundel in the mail!