Alan is building up his fitness so he can ride the 2015 Prudential Ride London 100 mile cycling sportive in August. This is a massive challenge for him and is doing it on behalf of his Dad who is a dementia sufferer and to raise funds for Alzheimers Research UK.
Today’s ride was a flat short 37 mile loop on the South Bank of the Humber.
On a sunny day it would be a simple meander around the countryside but on a day like today it felt as though we were part of some epic race in Belgium for we had it all – wind, rain, mud and mechanicals.
Last night we had our first starters ride from the Humber Bridge.
The event was a result of the superbly attended event earlier in the month, it was obvious from the numbers that attended that there’s a need for a ride at a reduced pace.
Last week I rode around with a few experienced Cottingham Road Cub members to check out what will be a standard starters course.
We were all in agreement that it’s length, quiet roads and scenery will make an ideal route.
So starter rider #1 kicked off with 9 riders, 4 of which were women and we had 1 new starter to the club.
It was a perfect evening for cycling, light winds and a dry surface, the only thing missing was a warm temperature, the 24 mile route was extended slightly with the addition of a small hill (route change agreed by all on the evening), this allowed a little variation and warmed us up a bit.
By the time we arrived back at the Humber Bridge even Hannah was feeling the cold – this doesn’t sound much but Hannah rides with half fingered gloves even in the middle of Winter – I on the other hand had thick gloves with inner liners and still got frost bite!
It was a lovely social ride at a steady pace and will be repeated next Wednesday.
If you want to join us then all you have to do is complete the ‘Emergency Contact Form‘ and when the email comes through choose the “I’m In!’ option – no need to pay.. just turn up and ride.