Both Chris P and myself completed our 55 mile bike ride for Force Cancer Charity on Sunday. The event was well organised (the feeding stations were fun, especially the cheese and pickle sandwiches at 35 miles) and the route was clearly marked so there was no excuse for getting lost. Then, after the horrible summer that we’ve endured so far, the sun decided to shine and everybody looked happy!
I briefly saw Chris and his ‘posse’ at the pre-ride breakfast (kedgeree or porridge) but we cycled the route separately; Chris in a group with his friends whilst I huffed and puffed along with whoever was going at my speed at any given time. It was a wonderful ride, apart from Longdrag Hill (ugh and double ugh!), through some glorious ‘undulating’ Devon countryside and, for the most part, on quiet country roads. I did the last six miles ‘fixed’ onto the rear wheel of two considerably quicker female riders (purely for motivational purposes, I assure you) and actually rode to the finish ’molto rapidamente’.
These ‘sportive’ rides are great fun and I can recommend anybody who likes cycling to up-grade to an event like this. Of course, the reason for the bike ride is to raise money for cancer treatment, not idly wobble around Devon roads, and this year’s ride has so far raised approx £ 40,000.
Now, it’s time to start looking for another ‘sportive’ in a month or so!