Modern pedal systems – such as Look, Shimano and Speedplay – all do away with that extra bit of hassle.Learning to cycle clipped in can seem daunting, but after a little bit of practice, it really does become second nature.On , Tim Pickersgill repeated his feat from last July and rode from Oxford to Cambridge , starting from Farringdon, and again riding his fixed-gear bike!He reports that riding solo this time meant he paced himself better and so his overall time was over an hour quicker (yet!I’ve been puzzling for a while over why more women don’t enter these very long races – and the Transcon tends to have an even smaller female field than events like the Trans Am (which had three women finish in the top ten this year), and the Tour Divide.I still don’t quite understand why, because to my mind the Transcontinental is the very best of all the races – it passes through more different landscapes and cultures than any other, and what’s more the checkpoints change every year, making it effectively a brand new race.
I should probably have let you know that I was the first woman in, by about two days.
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) than last year; that he again took the Kingswood diversion; and that he tried the Biggleswade & Potton diversion too on which he felt that “The B1040 is a bit of a fast road and the roundabout crossing of the A1 is not going to be ideal for everyone”. On 22-24 March 2017, John Mears rode to Cambridge and back with a day’s stay inbetween; it took him around 7½ hours both ways, starting from Abingdon and so incurring an extra 9 miles.
He provided helpful updates about the road closures at Ampthill/Flitwick, Brickhills, and Ashendon—none of which were sufficiently closed to prevent passage of a bicycle—and mentioned pub and coffee shop in Quainton which is cyclist-friendly.