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Wondered what you all thought.
I can't do a long bike three weeks out from Outlaw cos have other stuff on, but there's a good local sportive four weeks out (Wiggle Magnificat, Newbury-ish) that has two distances and I can't decide which to do.
Option 1: 81 miles with 1700m of ascent
Option 2: 127 miles with 2800m of ascent.
As Outlaw's not hilly, doing a load of hills isn't ideal prep at that stage, but am tempted by the 127 as a last big ride. Would prob do a faster 80 10 days later (ie 2.5 weeks out). I could do the shorter one a bit faster - with the hills, would be a bit like doing a slightly flatter 100+ miler. Or I could do the longer one a bit slower and it would give me a last good breakthrough effort because it's hilly and long.
I'm lazy and can't face doing a flatter, faster, more Outlaw-like solo effort. I love sportives for my longer rides - good for practicing race nutrition and not faffing with maps etc.
My other long ridesby then will have been 1 x 83, 3 x 90 and 2 x 100.