Simon Scarsbrook’s 13th ride in the Three Peaks – a feat in itself, was Ian Cleverly’s 4th and Guy Andrews’ third ride. The annual pilgrimage from London for the Three vets from Mosquito Bikes RT was not undertaken unwillingly… enthusiasm reigned.

All other rides pale into insignificance against this monstrous approximation of a ‘cross race. Much as I love the fast and furious hour-long version that takes up the rest of the winter season, it does not compare. Road races, crits, even sportives: all are fine and dandy for the summer months, but they are a means to an end – all preparation for the big day.

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