Cambridgeshire MTB rider Chris Pedder is another rider who rode to a PB in 2009 with an impressive 3hrs 50 ride.

I lined up on the 4hr line, with an ever-increasing number of people trying to squeeze in in front. Once we’d started to roll out, Owen and I ended up riding together in the slightly terrifying 500-strong peloton where there were almost constant braking waves, including one that very nearly had me off as i locked both wheels to avoid the guy in front.

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