Revolve 2017 [2 of 2]
6AM and oh boy I was ready to roll out yet again, okay the lack of vision was harsh the bike lights made the mist bounce back into your face, my first lap was rather slower than I hoped for, after that though it improved a lot, quicker times as the confidence grew it was still cold, misty and darker than last year, but I felt much better, the knee was giving me the odd wiggle so I knew I had to get it looked at...
My times we’re pretty good compared to last year so I was happy, I think each lap was faster and faster I was beaming yet again, and with this I knew I wanted to be back next year, some things are like that I think you just get hooked by one event or are just happy being around others with the same passion. by the time I came in the sun was breaking though and the mist was going to clear (hopefully). This break was setting up breakfast for lots of people, families came along to help Andy turned up to tune up the bikes, it was cold but clear now, bacon brings back everyone’s smiles however, I wanted a massage and chill out with the other in the garage having a giggle helps, my buddies showed up to by now, so I was raring to go, we had made great progress and was in a good position I just had to enjoy the last few laps really.
2PM Sunday, Revolve the last hour, hardly the need to race to the finish, as the hard work is done, check timing sheets to make sure you can’t catch or be caught, and go out and enjoy yourself, new riders on track doing a shorter race, gives more people to talk to or tag onto too. Pro riders are happy for you to ride along with them taking tips or just saying well done, I think I stopped at every Marshall’s post to thanks them for all the great service they give to all riders for 26 hours, I think being thankful to a few helps them see it pays to nice to each other, my lap times on this stint were slower than the rest of the race but still faster than last years end times, fitting in an extra lap was good, All my stints are on my Strava link via my blog or Facebook page, and I did almost match a overall best lap, almost Grr, 3PM the flag was being waved it felt way to soon I was gutted I think, hundreds gather at the finish line and I had no choice but to cross the line as slow as I could looking cool for that one photo I might be able to use, it wasn’t about the last lap time it was about getting it finished and feeling like I was on top of the world, Big hugs for everyone involved.
Time for the prize giving and pack up the garage, this was done in record time with everyone that finished helping out with, Kudos to you guys, I was still out on track and far to busy cough, cough. We got the truck loaded up with the bikes and had to wait for track to open before being allowed to cross, I think I managed to thank everyone that came along to support us, the pit crew that helped, my other teammates, and all at Revolve. This event has really helped me change my life around, and with health being better than ever I pray we will return in 2018 if Revolve will have me,
I’d love to race with the guys again, and or my Outcast Cyclists group as they are a lot of fun guys and gals, I’d also love to sponsor a team of people from Dave’s Changed group to enter one of the 24, 12 or 6-hour races, if you fancy doing them please let me know or visit the website for info.
Ollie and I got back to hotel around 6pm, we were in good spirits, met up with some others that had been at Brands Hatch too. Ate a big steak dinner had 3 beers and fell asleep rather easily Monday was looming, and I had to go to work, oh the joys. Thanks for reading this, Dave #DavesChanged x