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Welsh cyclist Manon Lloyd had already won several medals in international competitions at the age of 20. But how far and fast can a top athlete drive without her usual elite equipment? In her latest challenge video as a presenter on the Global Cycling Network̵
When the standard eBay search failed, Lloyd eventually visited a man who was selling bikes from his front yard and went home with her newly purchased used Triumph Tempest. After giving it one more time, she turned the saddle and pedals off for herself to make it more comfortable – even if it “weighs a ton”.
“I’ve never driven 100 miles in training alone, I’ve only ever done it in racing,” she says. “Riding 100 miles on any type of bike is going to be a challenge, so I did.” really put me in the depths. “
Lloyd wakes up bright and early and starts her journey through the Peak District at 5:30 a.m., which includes 7,000 feet of climbing. “That would be a challenge for me on a super bike, let alone my cheap bike,” she says. “I’m not going to lie, I’m a little worried that I might pounce on that bad boy as the brakes aren’t the best.”
Your first impressions of the bike are better than expected; It’s a little tough on a hill, but the gears are pretty slick and the brakes are fine as long as she starts braking earlier than usual. But it’s nowhere near as responsive as the bike Lloyd is used to, which gets more and more frustrating as the trip progresses.
The steeper the hills get on the ride, the worse the bike gets, and Lloyd has to push harder to keep going. Then at 8 a.m., 60 km after the ride, the front tire bursts and Lloyd has to locate a bike shop in a nearby village to get it repaired.
Once she resumes her journey, the fatigue of riding such a heavy bike takes its toll on Lloyd’s legs. “It’s just awful on the climbs, it’s a real slog, it just wasn’t built for the gears to climb and it’s so hard,” she says. “I don’t even like the descents, I’m scared of the brakes, I don’t know which is worse, uphill or downhill.”
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She eventually makes it onto the uphill home route 7 hours later, at which point the bike creaks and moans at the stress it had to cover all day.
“My legs are combustion“, She says.” I will never take my super bike for granted again. “
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