Yesterday I rode 25miles from an RSPB reserve on the banks of the Forth near Falkirk to Glasgow. It was hard going into a stiff breeze all the way. I tried the road and the Forth and Clyde canal towpath with no getting away from it. It was my first ride with a continuous headwind and boy was it tough. I was actually relieved to get a puncture as I neared Glasgow so I jumped on a train.
Now I am really worried about headwinds. Fortunately with our 4 person team we can ride along like Olympic pursuit cyclists in the velodrome taking it in turns to cut a path though the wind. Apparently by tucking into someone’s slipstream it can save 20% of your energy. So having a team will be excellent and much better than struggling alone.
I’m also worried because really we are riding the wrong way! It looks downhill to London when you look at a map but most people ride Lands End to John O Groats rather than the other way. That’s because the prevailing wind is from the south west. So sorry guys, from the 11th June I’m wishing for a cooling North wind to blow us all the way to London.