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Monday, 21 June 2010

London to Brighton Cycle Ride - we did it!


Well, we all survived the 54 miles from London to Brighton even though it took us ten hours! You'd think ten hours in the saddle would be excruciating and although it was, all time seemed to go out of the window as you just focus on the goal of getting there. Bit by bit, mile by mile.... It's a bit like writing a novel, word by word, chapter by chapter ...... you just have to keep the faith and know you will get there in the end. Here's a picture - I'm the short fat one - of our team at Ditchling Beacon. At the top of Ditchling you are rewarded after a hideous climb (which we walked up, we were too exhausted to cycle up that massive hill) with stupendous views of the South Downs dotted with poppy fields. The other reward is that after that it's about 9 miles all the way downhill into Brighton. Will I do it again next year? Don't know! This year I was on the back of a tandem where you have someone to chat to and can forget the pain. Not sure if I'd make it on my own. I'll see how I feel in 12 months time when the agony has worn off a bit!

3 comments:

Sarah Callejo said...

I'm impressed and surprised that someone can survive all those hours on a bicycle and I'm so glad it's you doing it and not me, but I know you must be feeling so proud of your effort.

Cara Cooper said...

Thanks Sarah, it was actually good fun and great to see 27,000 people being so nice to each other even when tired, sweaty and longing for home. It's a lovely event. I'd recommend anyone to try it ...... at least once!

Susan Rix said...

Congratulations on a wonderful achievement!