Hey, January is almost over - don't let that New Year resolution fail before we hit February! You are made of sterner stuff than that, it just may be hidden a little deeper than when you were younger / fitter / keener / slimmer.
Fog, rain, ice? Easy to be an excuse, but a little bit of winter cycling kit can make a world of difference to getting out at this time of year (as opposed to just getting out of it). A simple winter training jacket and a pair of overshoes can mean the difference between building some base miles and building another spare tyre over the next few months, but make sure it is hi- viz if you are out at night (and don't forget lights). Black looks cool, but not when viewed under a blue flashing light.... Your local bike shop, Internet or local manufacturers Impsport, should give you all the information you need, but don't be afraid to ask us if you are a bit stuck.
Registration is now open. As in previous years, receipt of your donation on our Just Giving site http://www.justgiving.com/C2C2C2012 will confirm your entry (a suggested donation of £100 per team or £25 for an individual), but please email Claire (by replying to this email) so we can make a record of your team name and contact details etc. Last year many teams also raised sponsorship beyond their entry fee, either for our principal charity, or their own choice. It all helps to add a little inspiration when one's dedication is flagging.
If this will be your first ride, or you felt a little under-prepared last year, then there are many online training plans for a century ride (that's what we are doing in cyclist lingo), but here's a very simple one: http://bicycling.about.com/od/trainingandfitness/a/century.htm
Teams can be made up from whomever you choose: work colleagues, suppliers, customers, friends, Brad Wiggins. Last year some teams rode as a relay - it really is up to you how you make it through to one hundred miles.
If anyone is interested, we'll be meeting up for a drink on 1 March 2012 at 6:00pm - 7:00pm (Venue TBC), but do email if interested. Come and ask questions, swap stories of 2011, or just to have a beer / wine / carbohydrate drink.
Finally, if you are not sure whether to get another bike, here's some useful advice:
The correct number of bikes to own is n + 1, where “n” is the number of bikes currently owned. This equation has an upper limit which can be expressed as s – 1 , where “s” is the number of bikes owned that would result in separation from your partner (also known as d – 1)
Go on, get out and ride...
The C2C2C2012 team