@Dougs A lot of my friends (of all abilities) applied, but when the dust settled, only Mrs Bison had secured a place and she is more of a recreational cylist! Without company, she would have pulled out. I had to re-apply for a charity place, missed the cut again, then finally picked up a waiting list place with Diabetes UK. I thought it was a bit rich asking for sponsorship for something I really wanted to do, so the singlespeed added the extra layer challenge and evened things out between Laura and I.|
The route was actually fine for SS. Lower gearing would have helped on Leith, but I was grateful for the bigger gear on the last 20 miles in.