I’ve just come back from nearly two weeks in the Outer Hebrides and did about four hundred miles on the bike. Not doing the end to end, but doing as many roads as possible (they don’t have potholes). What they do have is hills, lots of short sharp hills, the first time I did the Golden Road on Harris I recommended it on the forum, but I’ve found an even harder road the one to Hushinish, it’s climb after climb most of them 12%, with one at 15%, after the first few climbs I just put it into bottom gear and gave up fighting them. It’s only fourteen miles long, but it’s a dead-end road, so that makes it twenty-eight miles in total,
That was the enthusiast bit, the stupid bit could be the fact that four days before going away, I did the Cairngorm Sportive which was a hundred miles with a finish at the car park on Cairngorm, I also took over twenty minutes off last years’ time. The day after I got back I then did a twenty-five through in Fife and took two minutes off last years’ time on that course.