Hampshire Hilly Hundred 2018

Hampshire Hilly Hundred 2018 start

Hampshire Hilly Hundred 2018 start

Not sure why this sportive is not huge. It deserves to be. I guess I’m glad actually, 500 odd is enough on those roads. No one else from Oxford ever seems to ride it, something I’d like to change. I don’t do many sportives these days as club rides tend to be enough of a challenge! But there are exceptions and this is one such.

The scenery is just lovely, rolling downs, views, valleys, rivers and hills. Different from the Costwolds (steadier climbs, wider valleys) where I normally ride, but just as beautiful. A sunny day really helps it has to be said, and that is what we got.  This is the fourth time I’ve done this sportive and it is my firm favourite.  No frills, no commercials, just great routing, signage, feedstops and general organisation.

This time, for a change, no mechanicals and a smooth run through. Only stopped once at the second feed stop for a refill and bananas. Read about my variable luck on previous years here (HHH 2016). Pleased with my time, quickest yet at 5h 44 min oddly though in the same position as last time – 56th (10th in age group) but I know I can do better if fully fit. A 10 mile hike on Friday meant I started with sore legs, though by half way that was forgotten. Memories mostly of some great little peletons, banter, and drafting, but mostly stunning scenes, gorgeous villages and smiles everywhere. Can wait for the next one.

My attempts:

Year  Dist.  Time     Elev.   Pos. Strava
2012  99.91  5:59:26  5,695   128  https://www.strava.com/activities/8450222
2013  101.7  5:58:25  6,159   126  https://www.strava.com/activities/53791435 
2016  100.9  5:51:30  5,715    56  https://www.strava.com/activities/569521387
2018  102.9  5:44:47  6,106    56  https://www.strava.com/activities/1584321353 
- timings are official sportive timings not Garmin timings.

The organiser is thinking of a small scale ‘steel only’ ride in the Autumn, now wouldn’t that be cool?