The ride was a little sketchy at times (there are 30,000 cyclists, after all) but I used my skills from racing to stay safe. A stop off at the SRAM hub reunited me with Kate from SRAM and photographer Jojo Harper, who had started in an earlier wave. Riding solo for a while was great but I would have struggled to get through the rest of the sportive without them. We were stuck in a mini traffic jam going up Leith Hill, but after that it was back to more open roads and food stops. I had a little bit of a low point going into the last quarter of the ride, but that was sorted out by a little sit down at the last hub and you guessed it, food. Despite that, I couldn't have asked for a better setting or people to ride with.