My next challenge post-marathon is to undertake a 100k bike ride for the Rapha 100 in July. The weekend following the 26 mile race, I rode a 60 mile route of "bare" hills to Brighton. Not to be recommended per se, but a positive test of endurance and friend's patience to push you on and save you from admitting defeat. Potentially the sweetest triumphant portion of fish and chips Ive had the pleasure to unwrap on that promenade.
After the 120 mile jaunt out to Suffolk last year on the Dunwich Dynamo Im hoping the Rapha 100k will be doable?! In preparation, BikeDemCrew are back in full effect by going for training long trips out on scenic escapes. Ive traded in long run Sundays with long ride Sundays. The latest coastal escapade took us to Leigh-On-Sea in Essex for an English Riveria dip and dinner at Henry's Burgers. It seems you have to leave the culinary melting pot of the capital to find a decent burger joint . Henry's is like no other diner I've been to before. They make their own fresh mince daily from grass fed, free range, sustainable farms straight from Lancashire. These patties come in a menu of new variations and twists with a ridiculously spot-on selection of side-orders including deep fried gherkins with blue cheese dip! Condiments are also a serious concern with their own formulations of chilli sauces kept safe from children's reach, dispensed in medicine bottles. The comprehensive cocktail list includes an Aperol Orange Spritz added for the incoming Summer evenings and Bloody Marys for the morning after. We opted for the malt milkshakes to takeaway for our paddle in the sea pool and train back to the smoke after our Smoke House BBQ buns. Thank you Henry's, we will return ................. making a U Turn, or as I have now renamed the manoeuvre - the "Usher".
(All photos by me, except two by Peigh , group shot selfie by Jason, and the burger snap by Henry's as a taster because you have to head over to their Instagram to appreciate it all fully! Not to mention the open ceiling out to the blue sky of the modern build)