My background to the HTR550 is that I entered the HTR430 (the shorter version) last year and binned it at Contin after day 2, perhaps too early in hindsight but I learned a lot from that. I figured at the time that if I could ride the LeJog, surely half the distance would be a similar difficulty. It was interesting this year to see that the amount of kit carried put me in the average, as opposed to in the upper reaches last year (a full 33l rucksack, bar harness, seat pack).
I’ve decided to blog all my thoughts of the race, if only to serve as insight / a warning to anyone considering a 2015 attempt. I’m not a writer by a longshot, so some of this might appear to be disjointed rambling, but hopefully there is some genuinely useful information in here.