1 week ago
Warm Up - 12th November
So, it begins our virtual London to Paris cycle to raise some funds for our friends at SFHT. Today’s ride 37 miles with a stop off for a video shoot at Boscombe Pier. About another 263 miles to go!
I have come a long way from our summer fundraiser. I have proper gear, good bike, Gucci sunglasses and clip in shoes. The later I am still trying to get used to, I have only fallen off, more fallen over than fall off to be honest four times! This is due to the fact I forget my foot’s clipped in when I come to a stop. I have not seen Tony ever fall off/over however he always says to me “Mate we all fall off” I’d feel better and believe you if you did fall off in front of me Tony!!
Todays ride set off under blue skies, light winds and a bit of sunshine. As the morning went on the clouds built up and the sun disappeared. About 20 minutes from the end the rain started to fall, Tony stopped and produced a rain jacket from his pocket. Looking at me he said. “School boy error mate, you should always bring a jacket with you at this time of the year” Cheers Tony, I could have done with your professional advice about two hours ago. I do not think he’s forgiven yet for sucking him in to another challenge.
No, No. No, not again. I can’t believe I’ve been suckered into this again.
To be fair, he did catch me unaware this time, so chapeau for that!
We’d been out for a leisurely ride and Martin just casually dropped into conversation that Christmas would soon be arriving before we realised it and that usually a that time of year we’d be doing the bikeathon for the SFHT at David Lloyd and what a shame that it wouldn’t be happening this year. I agreed then instantly realised my error….. Martin then proceed to regale me with his idea for riding to12 different Christmas trees to mirror the 12 days of Christmas, along with inviting various ‘guests’ and sampling some Christmas markets on the way.
And so the plan was hatched in late October only for COVID and Lockdown V2 to come along and thwart us again. Christmas markets cancelled and no guarantee of trees up and all we are allowed under the rules is unlimited exercise!
So 12 trees scuppered and hastily a new plan of cycling London to Paris (in a virtual fashion that is) was hatched. Great 300 ish miles in November and December, lovely……..
To be fair, today’s outing was generally dry and pleasant albeit the wind was challenging for most of the route. I’ve never really understood why on rides you seem to spend about 90% of the time into a headwind even when you really shouldn’t be. We did get a bit of rain at the end, but being well prepared with my trusty rain cape that was no issue for me, can’t believe Martin didn’t bring his :) !! So that’s the first chunk done, here’s hoping to at least a couple of dry days over the next few weeks.