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Dr. Hutch and Millikellies – by Val the Peach.

       For those of you who take Cycling Weekly you may recall on 27 th April an
       article on 'hard nuts' within the cycling world, where he outlined his creation
       of an SI Unit of cycling hardness, introducing a theory linked to the shear
       doggedness that Sean Kelly showed in many of his Grand Tour rides.    Hutch
       equated the 'effort' of 1000 millikellies was required by Sean Kelly for each
       tour  stage.    Hutch  went  on  to  describe  various  ways  us  cyclists  could
       accumulate millikellies on their rides, suggesting that mud on the face could
       equal 10-20 millikellies and a panda-eye effect = 100 millikellies and so on.

      This description led to me recalling a ride that Tony and I undertook way back
       in June 2001 – a coast to coast ride from St.Bees Head to Robin Hood Bay.
      We  decided  to  travel  with  a  company  C2C  who  organised  all  the
       accommodation,  transported  an  overnight  bag  and  made  regular  checks
       throughout the day just to make sure everyone was safe and on course.   We
       had the opportunity of a 3, 5 or 7 day ride, we chose the 3 day version as,
       at the time, we were both reasonably fit.

      The  first  night  accommodation  was  at  Penrith  where  we  met  our  fellow
      'buddies'.  They all turned out to be fellas and I sensed a feeling at dinner
       that I was looked upon 'to be reaching beyond my ability'.    Undeterred after
       a good night's sleep we rose early had breakfast and packed ourselves and
       bikes into our transport to be taken to St. Bees.   The plan was to ride back
       to Penrith via Loweswater, Keswick, Troutbeck and Greystoke as the first
       leg of our journey.   Tony and I were the first back, ready to greet our 'buddies'
       over tea and cakes in the 'garden room'.       Our mileage for the day was 54
      The next day saw us loading our overnight bags into the transport after
       breakfast, leaving our cars at the hotel ready for our return in a couple of
       days time.    We headed out in an easterly direction this time to face the
       climb  of  Hartside.        I  rather  stupidly  had  watched  a  programme  a  TV
       programme the weekend before where a couple of friends had undertaken a
       journey  in  a  1930's  car,  this  vehicle  only  just  about  made  it  to  the  top.
       Clearly this image was uppermost in my mind and I was not disappointed.

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