My gear cable had snapped. I couldn't believe it.

But it was entirely my own fault.

On the recent Avalon Sunrise 400km audax, as well as a couple of punctures, my gear cable snapped

This wasn't due to "bad luck" or anything more sinister than my lack of attention to detail. Full report on my stupidity here on my blog

All I can say is, don't be like me! Think how many miles you've done and replace the stuff before it breaks. I always look forward to those rare weekends on the saddle. I'd rather not spend the time finding spares in a bike shop or stressing with emergency repairs.