I didn't actually intend to win a bike but I rather fancied the full on Tour of Flanders Granfondo experience BMC was offering as a prize (him indoors having conveniently found that he would be 'travelling for work' so unable to get up at the crack of dawn and ride 240km on the 5th of April).
So, 150 words about my love of cobbles, 5 photos loaded onto the BMC website and then, amazingly, I get a call. Off to Belgium and a serious dose of cobbled climbiness for me next month. Hip Hooray! And to boot, this morning I collected this:
OMG. Light as a feather, feels like it was made for me and all Ultegra Di2 and mint loveliness. I am in awe that a bike can feel so good. Never mind a road bike. Proper spec here. I am actually speechless and keep making inarticulate squeaking noises. As everyone I live with has now heard them ad infinitum, I thought I'd better share with the internets.
BMC picked 6 winners who waxed lyrical about their love of pain / cobbles / bikes in general. I read pages of entries and found that the number of women entering was minuscule so I thought I'd better help even it up a bit. To their credit BMC picked 2 winning women and managed to squeeze winners out of three continents. So it'll be a fun group hitting the cobbles. I'm the only Brit so, as one of my friends pointed out, I have to uphold the honour of British cycling. No pressure then.
Anyway, this prize turns out to be quite hard work. Terrahawk has put me on a training plan and I am a shadow of my former self… I think he made me ride two hundred miles last week. But I am completely determined to conquer the cobbles so I'm trying to do everything he says. If you want to share the pain (actually, it's not all pain, not only have I won a bike but the last few days have been pretty sunny) I've been keeping a diary here. Ooh and I know a few people on here are riding the Tour of Flanders so if you see me in my BMC kit (!) please say hi.