Got a late return from someone unable to do this ride up and down the Chiltern Hills so went for it. A beautiful day and great scenery but what a difference a week can make. Today I was suffering and struggling. A few more hills, a few more degrees and rougher roads. Got a silver but was even happier to finish. Somehow I was so much more comfortable on the bike for the Fred Whitton and the Tour of Wessex.
Postscipt: just opened my goody bag and was interested to find bottles of ecological chainlube and degreaser. I will definitely give these a go.