-pretend it’s the last 20k of the tour of flanders & you’re holding off the peleton
-don’t get lost
-don’t have to use a very muddy lane and cross a ford
-ignore the pain from your legs
-go at least one harder gear up than you think you need
-spin spin spin those legs!
-make split second decisions at junctions
-sprint past other riders
-don’t go down a gear before hills, go up a gear and sprint!
-push push push!
i was successful, an average of 15mph, rubbish really but my previous best was below this and the route was quite lumpy (and wet, and muddy)