To the gentlemen contemplating fixed gear choice, having messed about with every permutation of single speed gear choice from 38 to 44, 18 to 16, THE off road gear has to be 40/18. Do however ensure the chain tension is spot on as dropping your chain mid race is a tad annoying. So I found out during this evening's leg loosener at Herne Hill courtesy of VC Londres.
Weirdly good legs - almost no pain, no matter how hard I rode, no lactic at all. Field of around 70, started at the back moved up 20 or so places pretty quickly. Dropped my chain, lost 20 places but then rode back only for my front wheel to become loose. Think Lance on the Alpe d'Huez (wasn't it when the spectator's bag knocked him off?), bit hacked off so sprinted on the drops from that point, with 20 minutes to go, recovered another dozen places and caught another bunch of a dozen riders and felt really rather pleased.
Confidence 1, bike set up 0.