Hampshire Hilly Hundred 2020

Well that was interesting: a socially distanced sportive in the COVID era. Rider packs handed through the car window, riders sent off in groups of 6, no peletons and almost no drafting: essentially a 100 mile time trial. Still great though if unrelenting. Downside was that with no drafting, my time suffered. Well – through that and the cows!

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3-5 min wait for these laden ladies to cross the road

Legs suffered too – lack of longer rides this year at speed showed in some almost quad  cramping at 60 m, cycled through it by spinning up the steepest art of the steepest hill.

The main change since 2018 was in the road conditions. They could almost have advertised this as a 50:50 gravel ride. Gravel everywhere on most of the smaller roads. Pretty sketchy in a number of places and I’m surprised there were few accidents. Some of this must have been caused by the recent storms in the area, but in many places the gravel looked more established than that. This sportive tends to attract a more experienced cyclist but even so. I nearly got caught out on a couple of occasions. Next year they need better signage for the worst spots, and even better if they could sweep key sections, like we used to do for Zappi’s Gran Fondo.

HHH timeline: 2012, 2013, 2016, 2018

Year  Dist.  Time     Elev.   Pos. Garmin                                 Strava
2012  99.91  5:59:26  5,695   128  160.79km, 5:54:55, 1,736m, 27.2kph  https://www.strava.com/activities/8450222
2013  101.7  5:58:25  6,159   126  162.06km, 5:58:25, 1,877m, 27.1kph  https://www.strava.com/activities/53791435 
2016  100.9  5:51:30  5,715    56  162.38km, 5:46:17, 1,742m, 28.1kph  https://www.strava.com/activities/569521387
2018  102.9  5:44:47  6,106    56  165.72km, 5:42:36, 1,861m, 29.0kph  https://www.strava.com/activities/1584321353 
2020                               163.95km, 5:52:39  1,975m, 27.9kph  https://www.strava.com/activities/3921645919
- timings are official sportive timings. Still waiting on my 2020 result.

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