Thursday, May 17, 2007

We did it ...

... and rode over 30 miles in the soaking rain. It was raining when we left the house, it rained while we rode slowly to the starting point, and it rained while we waited to get our control cards stamped and go. The route went south from Woking, down the Surrey Cycleway, and then around a back-roads course past the towns of Ripley and Send. There were three checkpoints along the course which served drinks and doughnuts (snack of champions?).

One of the checkpoints was at HMP Send which is surrounded by beautiful woodlands; most of the route was very scenic, and we got to ride (briefly) past Woking Palace and the ruins of Newark Priory at Pyrford. There seemed to be thousands of riders of all ages and abilities. We had intended to keep a slow and steady pace, but there was a constant need to overtake or be overtaken. Lesley and I did try to ride abreast where we could, but with a fun ride and 2 races on that weekend, there were many bikes on the road.

It was great fun and we raised some money for a worthwhile cause. I'd never done that before, and I think I'm going to bore you with it all again in 2008. Post-ride photo at the justgiving site:

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