Andy Ward blogged a couple of times in the run-up to his first 3 Peaks and got on well – lovely to see someone else is ignited by the passion for this race.

The 34 tooth single chainring set up turned out to be perfect. Not once did I wish for a higher gear, even on the road sections. Cross top brake levers were a brilliant addition, giving me the chance to relieve the pressure on my arms and shoulders whilst controlling my speed on the rocky descents of Whernside and Pen y Ghent. The Smart Sam tires at 70 psi gave decent grip in the boggy sections and did not puncture despite some big hits on the rocky sections.

Read his blog here https://www.cxmagazine.com/3-peaks-beginner-guide-andy-ward-2015-cyclocross-race 

I were right about that saddle though” is all I can think looking at the photo of the post-Penyghent bike.