Paul’s harrowing account of a grim but addictive race reminds me of the grip this race gets on you. It’s only three hills… yeah… that’s right.

I discovered the problem with braking from the drops and was catapulted over the handlebars on a section I should have walked. The landing was one of those awful, bone jarring, crunches on my chin which caused some real alarm amongst the people ascending. Luckily there was no blood evident and teeth seemed ok so I ran off down the bit we’d watched the night before and wondered why people didn’t ride it!

Click on the bruise of your choice to view Paul’s account of the 2010 race