The CARTEN100 is a 100+ mile ride from Cardiff to Tenby, over what the organisers describe as “fairly benign” roads. This year the ride started outside City Hall and finished in Tudor Square before the riders went on to the harbour to collect their finishers T-shirts and eat their free pasta meal.
Acme member Tommy Doherty joined around 2000 riders and was delighted with the beautiful Welsh weather of light cloud, sunshine and an easterly wind at his back. Typical cycling day in Wales. The Carten100 is known to be a tough ride so Tommy’s priority was to finish safely and was looking for a time of around 6h 30m.
Tommy’s ride did not go exactly to plan when he hit a post alongside a cycle path, fortunately his bike was not damaged but Tommy felt the bump. His advice for anyone thinking of entering next year is to prepare thoroughly, both physically and mentally. He found the feed stations less well stocked than he would have expected and was glad he carried his own supply of gels.
While the last 30 miles were “rolling” with some sharp kicks, Tommy still managed to finish in the top 30 with a time of 5h 49m and thoroughly enjoyed his day. Well done you.
Before Tommy takes on the Wales Velothon he will enjoy a well earned rest back in his native Ireland. Will the weather be as good as it is in Wales!!