Such a great day!
We began with a ritual burger the night before, headed off from Clapham Common in the morning and wound our way out of London through bizarrely traffic-free streets. Some parts were scary (anything downhill!), some parts were hard going (anything uphill, Ditchling Beacon!), all of the countryside was unquestionably beautiful.
A great lunch at Turner’s Hill split the ride into two manageable stretches – seeing a field full of hungry cyclists tucking in gives you a real sense of the care and enthusiasm everybody has for their respective causes. This feeling was only strengthened by the constant encouragement and banter between the riders and by the patience and concern shown by most of the drivers who passed us.
Despite taking a 10 mile detour and arriving an hour later than expected I was seen in by a cheering crowd and by my family. I decided to jump off and let my eldest son do the final stretch… I asked him what he thought of it and he replied: “being on the bike was fantastic”. I hope he was impressed by my efforts as well!
Post dip in the sea, long soak in the bath, and celebratory drink and I still walk like a cowboy – but this is easily ignored when I think about all of the money we’ve raised for such a great cause! Roll on 2017 🙂
Read the skyline and do it for charity event write up here.