So it’s the Monday after the big London to Brighton Do it for Charity bike ride. A very hilly 54mile bike ride is past, but will not be forgotten, especially as my legs are a bit tired this morning.
Our Team consisted of 5 riders in amongst a whole team of around 3000 riders. We started at 6:10 in the morning, which meant a 4:30 pick-up by our support team Alex and Cossie. We were dropped into Clapham Common for the 6am registration.
We were off before we knew it, racing through the dark streets of London on some lovely crisp tarmac. Everything seemed fine until we encountered the first major hill after Carlshalton. We climbed and climbed and climbed until the top. A quick rest and something to eat and we went on a very chilly downhill. The ups and downs were probably a little more than anticipated, until we eventually reached the Lunch Stop!!!! at 9am, 30 miles into the ride.
We ate pasta, ham, sausage rolls and cake until full. It felt totally necessary and the body was craving the nutrients. Then we started again on a beautiful 5 mile downhill slide. The sun had now burnt off all the mist and it was warming up nicely. We didn’t see any rain, but it obviously had rained heavily as the roads were quite wet in places.
Now all that waited us was the Beacon at Ditchling. A beast of a hill, then an 8 mile downhill into Brighton itself.
The Beacon suddenly reared its head in front of us and the last obstacle was there to be attacked. Well, tamed was all we could really do. I thought I was nearly there when I saw the half way mark. Damm!, I had to jump off and walk the remaining. However it was a better attempt than when I did it last over 20 years ago and I was pleased to see nearly everyone else needing to walk the majority of it. Big clap to all those that did it though.
A brief wait at the top enjoying the view. Then a lovely fast downhill into Brighton and a gentle ride through the streets of Brighton to the beach-front.
Then the end; which was not expected, at least the emotion of seeing a tunnel of people all clapping and shouting ‘well done‘. The feeling was great and we all felt wonderful and had succeeded something we had been planning for a long time.
We think we may been sponsored up to the £2500 mark, for the Special Baby Care unit in Darenth Valley Hospital, but if you want to sponsor us retrospectively – http://www.doitforcharity.com/wmuckell
A big thank you to The Stilebridge Pub who generously fed us, on the house, when we got there in the afternoon.
Thank you to everyone that supported us from Warren, Paul, Karen, Steve and Amanda – Team Stilebridge!