Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Jaguar: Ride Like a Pro

I like Jaguar's, I do, and I like cycling even more, so when I spotted the opportunity to take part in the Ride Like a Pro event, I fired off the registration form within seconds.

The idea is you register, join the Strava group for your local event and rock up on the day to ride a few miles whilst being supported by the new Jaguar XF Sportbrake. Participants who complete the ride event will then be entered into a random draw to be chosen for a 'Grand Finale' event which involves a time trial on both the bike and the XF Sportbrake. The lucky bugger to complete both in the shortest total time will win a trip to Majorca to train with Team Sky.

Now, clearly I'm under no illusion that this is a massive marketing event for the Sportbrake and I've no chance of getting through to the next round, however I'm thinking I'd enjoy the riding in a large group and, let's face it, you just never know your luck! Actually, in reality I do and it would also be just my luck that one of two scenarios is played out:

1. I'd get through to the TT stage because I've never ridden a TT, don't own a TT bike and would most likely come last! So close and yet so far sort of scenario; and
2. Whilst riding in the group, I somehow clip someone's wheel and go down damaging both me and my beloved carbon frame to leave the event with nothing but injuries and a hefty bill.

In fact, when you think about it both of those situations could end up being quite good because either way I'd need a new bike....*

Anyway, my closest 'local' event takes place this Saturday at 10.30am in Worcester, but aside from that I have no other details about distance, route or numbers. I guess the idea is less about the ride and more about getting you to spend some time considering how much you need the new Jag in your life - which is a bit poo really because I need time to prepare damn-it!

All I can do at the moment is rock up a bit hung-over with a clean bike (having eaten my bodyweight in energy gels) and hope for the best. The one thing I do know is that if I don't get through or somehow do badly, it won't be anything to do with my failures and can instead be attributed to the fact I need some carbon tubular wheels....**

*Charlotte, my beloved Fiancee, if you're reading this I want you to know this is just a silly little joke, honest!
** Charlotte, in contrast, this is not in any way a joke.

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