Good evening to you all,
As I post this I have just made it back to Bridlington after completing the coast to coast on my bike. On Sunday we set off from Morecambe in Lancashire and peddled 60 miles to Grassington in the Yorkshire Dales…now, I had done quite a few hill rides when I was training for this, but this was a different kettle of fish! By the time we reached Grassington we had covered 1250 feet in height, which is about the height of the Empire State building…that was hard. The plan was to get the hardest terrain out of the way first, but then on the last day, the weather hit us!
The final 60 miles from York to Bridlington was into a 15 mph wind, which is tough at the best of times, but even harder after cycling 120 miles the two days before. I actually found the second day the hardest as we came out of Grassington for what we thought would be a relatively 'easy' 15 miles to Pateley Bridge where we would then cruise down hill into Ripon and onto York. The 15 miles took us about 2 hours which works out at less than 10 mph...very very slow! I had a great time doing the ride, although I might not be rushing to do it again! I must say a big thank you to Neil Symmonds who put up with my slow pace to complete the ride with me.
Since my last blog, we have had yet another first time winner of a major tournamont, which makes seven in a row. Brooks Koepka produced four cracking rounds of golf to claim the US open title. He proved a worthy winner topping such statistical categories, such as greens in regulation and best driving (a combination of distance and accuracy)…which was showed when he used two 3 woods and almost reached the 639 yard par 5 final hole! I managed to stay awake until about midnight on the final round when Koepka birdied the 14th and his nearest challenger Hideki Matsuyama bogied his 15th hole. In all honesty I thought he was the only one of the leaders who looked comfortable on the final day, with Tommy Fleetwood, Brian Harman and Rickie Fowler never quite in control of their games.
Much was made of the Erin Hills Golf Course which hosted the event for the first time and, after recent problems at Chambers Bay and Oakmont, the USGA seemed to want to play this one a bit more cautiously. They made the fairways 60 yards wide, which by US Open standards is huge! To put it into comparison, the 2nd hole at Hornsea is 25 yards wide!
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