Team Cycling Plus will be updating you each week with the highs and lows of their training as part of the team. Kay takes on the ups and downs of the sunny Isle of Wight...
Team member: Kay Bowen
36 year old Kay from
Sunday was a glorious hot day and way back in February, when scheming a circumnavigation of the Isle of Wight with two good friends, we had no idea we would be returning victorious on the Red Funnel Ferry with tans as well as the euphoric spirit of those who have achieved the impossible – or cycled round the
The start was an 8am ferry, whilst waiting for it a lovely elderly lady looked at my shoes and asked me if I was off to play football. Vicky and Rachel were good friends to take on the Island challenge, especially as they were riding a Halfords Apollo mountain bike and a
The bike was fantastic, I was freewheeling while the other two were pedalling along. At one point I was free wheeling up a hill with them both toiling in the cheap seats. I tried not to look too smug, honest. Our lowest point was Apollo’s puncture, at about 4.30, with the one size fits all pump outwitting us all. We resorted to prowling around residential streets looking for ‘people who might have a pump’ - though how you know by looking at their faces I don’t know. The population of Bembridge are mainly known for their age rather than their biking skills, and all the young men I found were carrying fishing rods and not bike pumps. We got lucky with a man with a van, and Rach showed us all how to mend a puncture.
This low was followed by the further low of a road closure forcing us onto a main road for a few miles, a shame as the rest of the route is well signed and on quiet roads. I had been eager to sample an
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Team Cycling Plus powered by Verenti are readers Andy Ward, Kay Bowen, Malcolm Ratcliffe and Sam Shaw. We’ll be following them in the magazine for the next few months as they train towards their personal cycling goals under the guidance of Team Wiggle’s Ben Simmons and we will be publishing their weekly trials and tribulations here too. For regular updates check our twitter page twitter.com/cyclingplus and the Team Cycling Plus facebook page