Well, I’ve survived my second Capital to Coast charity cycle ride. Not only did the London to Hove cycle ride seem further this year, it actually was as we were diverted an extra couple of miles due to an accident.
Last year’s ride was in sunshine all the way, and this year the weather held up amazingly well too. Somehow we managed to avoid showers and hailstones that hit everywhere behind us. As a result I came away rather more sunburnt than I was planning…
Anyway, here are the photos:
Chris Greenway, on his bike:
Greg, who was generally moving too fast to be in focus:
And then there was Gemma who looked much more tired than this at the end:
Early on, Chris was already giving the whole experience a hearty thumbs-up (and a small tongues-out):
This is the only shot I have with all four of us in, albeit only the top of my cycling helmet and everyone else out of focus:
It felt like such an achievement reaching West Sussex that I had to take a photo of the sign:
Chris celebrates a famous victory, or something:
And then follows up the victory (of getting to the second rest stop) with one of the excellent biscuits they had on offer there:
Gemma also joined in this biscuit-fest:
One biscuit for all, and all for one! (Actually, there were many biscuits for all.)
As last year, I wore my special cycling shoes:
Not only were there biscuits, from the third stop onwards there were cakes. This is where the real action started.
Chris was dressed in a high-tech outfit, complete with intravenous water:
Whatever lay ahead, Chris was ready for it:
Chris “I stick my tongue out in the face of hills” Greenway:
At the fourth stop we were a little tired, to say the least.
But Chris re-energised himself with a rather large cookie:
By this time Gemma was starting to feel it:
Yet, somehow, we all made it to the top of Devil’s Dyke:
And, as with last year, my bike got to be president:
By the time we reached Hove the beer was very welcome:
And of course there’s still time to donate online if you haven’t already done so due to forgetfulness or stinginess.