Sunday, 27 April 2014

I did it!!!!!!! #P4P5

So the title gives it away but I did it I completed the pedal for pounds 5.

It was a fairly grueling affair but to be truthful a little easier than I expected.

Day 1 started by waking up at 4.20am and getting stuff together. Thankfully I got picked up and got a lift to canalside where the coaches gave us a lift to london. 
We got into London at around 11.30 and then all got changed in some tiny changing rooms about half a mile from the emirates. We then rode down to the stadium where we had our picture taken and set off in groups. My team (yellow) were the last to leave at about 1.30
A perfectly framed picture by josh

We had a fun ride through London through busy traffic and eventually on a cycle path. It took us about 1hour 10 to do 6 miles to get out the city. Not the best start but things picked up from there. 

We got to the water stop at around 3 ish.
Support van run by the lovely support team
the rest of the day was a blur of lovely sunshine and reasonably not very busy roads. Passed a place called Newton and looked but could not spot Tom Adams sadly. we eventually got to the hotel at around 7pm and was starving. 
I jumped in the Jacuzzi for 10 mins or so to massage my legs then headed for a meal with the rest of the yellow team staying at the same hotel. 
Great end to a good but very long first day.

Day 2
The day started with my bike getting looked at by the support team. I had been having difficulties with my gears. Turns out my large front cog is bent. The guys tweaked the derailleur then we were on our way. 
We had a nice gentle start to the day with 10miles of cycle track. the rest stop came too early really the first 25 miles were easy. I only took a short rest and then we were on our way. The next section I found grueling. Feeling lost I was not drinking enough and feeling pretty dehydrated. When I made it to the next rest stop it had been over 27 mile of grueling heat with me not drinking enough. We had a long break and the rest of the yellow team got a picture with Andy Booth (I was in the toilet queue). 
He saw the funny side when we gave him the camera and asked him to take it
Getting going took some effort but thankfully John and Gav talked me through the first few miles then I was okay again. We made it to Leicester late afternoon and all the yellow team went for a meal at the local spoons. It was cheap curry night but decided to give the spice a miss with the biggest day next. 

Day 3
We set off early to get going we faced a 75mile day with rain and wind forecast. The rain came early and we had a slow start trying to get out of Leicester. We did eventually and then headed north to Nottingham. We made it to the water stop in south Nottingham at around 11. The roads were fairly okay and we bumped into some lads from Leicester also cycling to the game for charity. We had a nice chat at the top of a hill then set off again. We only stopped briefly at the first stop as we needed to keep moving. 
The second stint of the day was crap ... Slow through traffic in Nottingham dying for the toilet but no where to go. We had a fun experience where the cycle route went straight through the centre of a market. Some of our team literally road through a market stall. Next came national cycle route 6 .. Turns out the national cycle routes are grim dirt tracks. Bumping which with two and a half days of saddle soreness was awful followed by trying to cycle through mud. After the first off roading session I got a puncture fantastic! We set off again down some roads then more dirt tracts and fields. We eventually made it to the second rest stop around 430 with over 20 miles to go we were pretty pissed off at this point. 
The last stint was a bit better but still a grim time missing turning, My gears were screwed. My garmin battery died 15 miles out. Then Josh had issues with his breaks. We went on and three of us waited for them 8 miles out. With no sign of the three fixing joshes bike We started to worry another team came past and told up they had a puncture. 
About half a mile from the hotel we ended up in another field I got stuck in the mud. Got off pushed and tried again but it was futile. I pushed to the end of the field where I saw josh covered head to toe in mud he got stuck and fell over in a puddle. At this point we all climbed over a wall and cylced the last 300m to the hotel. 
We set off at 8.30am and made it to the next hotel at 8.10pm almost 12 hours but it was done! We were back in yorkshire
Again we ate as a team at the local pub and had a good evening knowing we had the easiest day left. 
Thankfully there was a guy cleaning bikes when we got to the hotel and he looked at my gears. I could do nothing with the middle gears but sorted the top gears.

Day 4
We set off at 8.10 to get in with plenty of time to get to the finish point and get some drinks in. We were facing another over 40 miles which is over my longest training ride but we did not care. The first 10 miles were a doddle and before we knew it we were in wakefield on roads we recognised. 
22 miles left Josh has no breaks
We ended the day with a nice ride making sure we stayed as a team and all met up about quarter of a mile from the training ground and let our leader John lead us into our reception at the club training ground.
500m to go
When we arrived I fell off the wagon straight away. I don't like cider but grabbed a can. Alcohol has never tasted so sweet. After that beer was drunk and the victory parade began. The road was closed and we cycled to the ground then went around the stadium it was an amazing feeling.

The support as we were riding through Yorkshire was amazing we also got cheered on the outskirts of London which was great to have a group of people cheering you on when you are facing another 220miles. 
Also the support team did a fantastic job making sure we all made it back safe. Here are a few picture from yesterday
Me and josh at the training ground
About to enter the Stadium
about to pass the kilner bank 
Me in front of the Leicester fans with Steve and his lad
 There were speeches given at the training ground by all parties involved and one really stuck out. The guy from Yorkshire air ambulance said all rescues in Huddersfield by the air ambulance have been funded by the keep it up campaign since the first bike ride. What a fantastic stat. I am proud to o been a part of that.
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