We asked Sam Haddad of Cooler magazine to join us on a cycling break and share with you her route and top tips.
A stage of the Tour of Britain nearly breaks Sam as she completes a punishing sportive in the Staffordshire rain.
Yet we’d been in good spirits since breakfast, where the Premier Inn at Trentham Gardens had opened up the kitchen early to ensure we loaded up on bananas and porridge to power us through the day. (They’d also let our bikes sleep in our room, which was a result, given that we’d both borrowed expensive road bikes and forgotten to get them insured.)
After an awesome blast downhill we reach Tittesworth Reservoir, collapse like starfish and inhale our remaining sandwiches, flapjacks and sports drinks before forcing ourselves upwards and onwards, despite dead legs and the advent of rain.