DAY 1, 22 July 2010: London (Twickenham) to Portsmouth
6:35 – Leave for York House in Twickenham, 28km southwest of my place, hoping I don’t get lost along the way. It’s nice to be out before the traffic while it’s still cool.
7:35 – After following the directions of a few locals, arrive at York House right on time. Leave my battle-scarred cyclo-cross next to a bunch of shiny new road-bikes with pristine handlebar tape and go inside for registration and a second breakfast: bananas, fruitcake, granola bars and juice. At first, feel a little out of place in my trainers, t-shirt and mountain-biking shorts but, looking around, figure half the people there feel even more awkward in their tight spandex shorts.