This Sunday’s Wiggle Super Series sportive, the Magnificat, starts from Newbury racecourse and is the last organised ride I’ll be doing before the big one in August. While the 81-mile standard course is still roughly twenty short of the August event, I believe it is quite hilly so it should be very good preparation. I’m now lighter than I’ve ever been since I was at school, so I should be able to get up and over the hills without too much trouble. The route is a southerly loop, which comes down through Hurstbourne Tarrant, Weyhill and Stockbridge to Winchester and so it will feel a bit weird turning round and heading all the way back up to Newbury via Whitchurch and Kingsclere, instead of heading on home. I hope the northerly wind has dropped by then anyway.