It was now time to get on the bikes and ride from
Setting of from St Pancras at 0430am the 4 of us found lovely weather and quite roads as we went down the back streets of
Skirting Hampstead Heath making good progress north till after barely a couple of hours one of the teams pedal stems snapped with no spare available. The poor chap was faced with peddling one legged, and running along when he came to a hill.
We carried on like this to Elstree where we took breakfast and waited for Halfords to open.
0905 - bike fixed by Halfords and off we set.
1630 made it to our first base.12 HOURS in the saddle. Quick dinner and sleep.
Plus of the day, never got lost once which was pretty good coming out of
Negative of the day, Skelleys pedal failing.
Bed at 2000
The weather again was kind and some of us were sporting a sun tan (burn).
Today’s low points - Number 1, we were near Sharnbrook when we spotted a short cut and initially the route looked good, but it turned into an off road trail. A location map called it a bridal open access trail (B.O.A.T) Well you needed a boat to cross it! The muddy puddles were like lakes, and by the time we had done the short cut had taken us longer than going round the road as we struggled through the mud for 40 Minutes.
The days were broken up into frequent stops to drink and then the inevitable stops to pee.
After one of these stops on day 1 I returned to the bike and found that I had a shooting pain in my right knee when I peddled, which was so bad at times on day two I wondered if I would be able to finish.
Then my knee clicked and the pain was gone never to return.
We made Leicester about 1500, took lunch and set of for
This was to be the break in the weather. We had rode with the sun on our backs now we had rain in our eyes.
Then we ended up delayed at the side of the road for 40 minutes when we got separated and two went one way and another a different way so we were heading in 3 directions.
Then we finished up on a three lane A road in the rain, scary or what .
Day 3 – Run for home
Today it was if we had to earn a right of Passage and the ride decided to try and defeat us.
Within minutes of setting off at 430am it began to rain. Light changd to heavy rainan this stuck with us all the way home.
We had found very few UP hills to this Point, but now we hit them regularly as we climbed out of
Some rain miles later we hit Alfreton at 0630 looking for food. All the cafes shut but the good people of Tesco opened up for us 1 hour early cause we looked like drowned rats.
Then off we set for the rain drenched ride to
POP!!!! The first Puncture delayed our moment of glory.
Finally it’s fixed and we sail into
In this time we had had rode about 200 miles, had 16 hours sleep over 4 days, and spent 32 hours in the saddle.
I asked the team if they wished to cycle back to