Bingley’s Andy Nicoll had plans for a sub 4hr ride this year, and looked good fot it… until punctures had their way…

This really threw me as I knew I only had hand pump pressure in my back tyre which means that the road section would be slightly slower and I had to tackle Pen-y-Ghent lane on a less then perfect set up.

Sounds like one of those classic tales of heartbreak this race brings on every year… we’ve all had ’em – poor Andy – next year, eh?

Read his blog post here