I headed off with my friend Radboud – who lives in Grenoble – to ride the long version of the Challenge du Dauphiné Vercors Sportive today. Despite a start time of 8AM the weather was perfect and approximately 700 people turned up to do the various distances. We decided on the 158 KM distance (with 3500 m vertical height gain). It was my first time riding in the Vercors and I have to say the scenery is fantastic and with a couple of big climbs and some seemingly never ending descents it was a perfect 5 hours and 48 minutes in the saddle. For the record both of us achieved the Gold standard for our age group.