1 week ago
Martin says: It’s now Monday morning two days after doing the Pier to Pier. A few people to thank. Firstly Nic Owen, the better half to Tony my cycling partner. Nic drove us in the van, which was our support vehicle, from home to get to the start at Brighton pier. Nic was on hand throughout the day with our additional food, drinks and any spare parts we may have needed. Big thank you Nic.
A massive thank you for all those that have supported us in the build-up. My friends at the Stables, the house staff and clients, Tracey Hickford and Teresa Hunt. Thank you all.
A special thank you to Tracey Hickford who provided the weather forecast for last Saturday… do not give up your day job Tracey, enough said.
We set off in howling wind and monsoon rain which stayed with us all the way. This came as a complete surprise to Tony and I as our forecaster (Tracey Hickford) had informed us the opposite. I had a mental picture in my head of gently cycling along the sea front in sunshine, calm sea and a light sea breeze keep us cool……Not to be.
The worst part of the ride was the last 30/40 miles or so over the New Forest, from Cadnam to Linwood and on to the pier in Bournemouth. The rain and wind really took it out on us. But the feeling of riding onto the Pier approach was epic. We did call in at The Stables where the Gym Tin were doing a live event for the clients. Totally unprepared we were invited to say a few words to the viewing masses. I was very aware of the great big puddles of rainwater we were creating on their exercise floor and mats. Sorry Gym Tin, you do a great job.
Tony and I had lots of opportunities to chat on the ride, normal sort of stuff about our pervious careers, people we know in common, the weather, the weather, the rain, the wind and how can we be in a headwind all the time? My most memorable comment was when we were about 40 miles in, I said, “I’m really enjoying this Tony” If looks could kill I would have died somewhere around Chichester. Tony did say to me around the same time “Next time you’ve got an idea, don’t speak to me” You do not mean that, do you Tony?
I’ve mentioned before that Tony is the experienced rider with all the gear and ideas, where I am your Team Lidl, not so much gear and no ideas. He has all the Gucci gear for the type of weather we were in, whereas I have one set of gear for all occasions. He stated at Bournemouth pier that his Gucci wet weather gear was just about at the point of failure. I quickly stated that I'll expect mine to fail very soon as well!!!
Right now, we have raised just under £2.500 which is awesome. When we came up with the thought of doing the ride, we quietly had a figure of £1000 in mind. Your generosity has blown that figure out of the ballpark. Thank you all, your donations will make a difference.
That’s it from me I’ll send this over to Tony for him to add his bit. By the way Tony I have got a big idea for a fund raiser, you about for a chat?
Tony says: I’ll start this by saying Martin- FYI I have changed my phone number and moved house. Do not try to find me…
Balmy summer’s ride, it’ll be lovely - that was Martin’s take on the event when the idea for the ride was hatched. In typical British summertime style that’s not what we ended up with, to say that the weather was awful would be an understatement. I can honestly say that it was the worst prolonged weather I’ve ever ridden in on a bike.
As Martin eluded to; the last part of the ride across the Forest was horrendous, if we hadn’t been doing the challenge I would have climbed off at that point and given up, but as we’d stated from the outset of this adventure failure was not an option! A few morale boosting Jelly babies and Bournemouth pier was in reach (see Martin I told you that they would pay dividends)
Weather can be debilitating on an endurance event and for a first ‘big ride’ Martin could not really have had it any harder, so; much Kudos from me to him for toughing it out. Although my legs are definitely more bronzed and shiny and that’s a fact!
I think that I speak for both of us when I say that the visit to the SFHT houses and meeting the clients in Southbourne last week really focussed the motivational aspect to get the ride finished.
Also for clarity I’d like to point out that I’m not team Gucci, all my kit has been purchased exceptionally cheaply from EBAY, GUMTREE and the such like, never exceeding £20 for an item (Just to confirm as Mrs O will be reading this and wish to allay her suspicions on what I actually spend on kit and negate the need for a forensic trawl through our accounts) :) and whilst on the wife subject, a big thank you from me to my wonderful long suffering wife for providing our vital logistical support on the day. At least this escapade was for an exceptional cause and not one of my random hare brained ideas. (I.e. blame Martin not me)
So, that about wraps it up from us for this adventure. There’s some footage and photos on the SFHT Facebook page if you want to see the bedraggled state we were in.
I’d like to finish by reiterating what Martin has said about your generosity in supporting us through this. We hope our updates have given you a feel of how this project has been for us throughout and an insight into how the end result has been achieved.
Right now, we have raised just under £2.500 which is awesome and more than we imagined. Your generosity has blown our initial thought of £1,000 out of the ballpark. Thank you all, your donations will make a difference.
Martin and Tony
(Team Lidl and most definitely not Team Gucci / GB just to reaffirm!)