The first day was always going to be a tough one. The notorious Cornish hills are unavoidable in any attempt to complete the End to End. However, this year we were blessed with glorious weather to soften the blow. Read More…
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The base camp the day before the start of Deloitte Ride Across Britain is always a heady blend of nerves, anticipation excitement. Riders fly, bus and train in from across the globe to the furthest South Westerly point of the UK. At the start in John O’Groats last year we were pinned down in the wind and were considering evacuating the camp, but this year we were blessed with clear skies and a light breeze. The legendary druids of Sancreed must have been smiling on us.
The time is fast approaching where we leave the office for 9 days of fresh air and incredible views and we finally get to meet all the riders who are signed up. For the core crew behind the event it is the culmination of 15 months of hard work, and for many of the riders it is the realisation of a lifetime’s ambition. The similarities are many between riders and crew.
The breakfast room at the St Pancras Renaissance Hotel is worth a visit even if you aren’t cycling 400 miles to St Pancrace in the Dordogne. The magnificent Victorian edifice with its imposing brickwork and high ceilings has been beautifully refurbished. It will see plenty of Olympic thrill seekers in just over a month.
I start this blog with a warm glow of pride. Some of you may have seen on the BBC credits that Threshold Sports delivered the amazing David Walliams & John Bishop challenges for Sport Relief. Together the 2 events have raised over 6 million quid. What’s the goss I hear you ask?
Well now, I must tell you of a funny interaction between our local farmer and my wife this week on the back roads of Inkpen village. Loaded up with Mack minor, Mack major and Mack minimus, Mrs M was on the school run in the Deloitte branded family car. To her shock the farmer pulled her over and enquired when the ride started… September she replied… Read More…
This week I feel lucky. I’ve had three things happen from which I derive inspiration.
The first was when Alex Patridge (Beijing silver medallist & gunning for a place in one of the GB boats) came to speak to a group of potential Deloitte RABers at Balfour Beatty. He spoke of being on the hardest training camp of his life in South Africa where dear old Jurgen (coach) made them mountain bike at altitude and then do ergos until they literally dropped. What did you learn we asked?
As I contemplate coming back to the reality of cold Sunday rides, I feel a new sense of confidence from the Lanzarote bike camp. There are a couple of themes here: one is the confidence to know that however much it hurts physically you can always get through, and the second altogether more metaphysical – the nurturing of a friendship and the importance of doing interesting, challenging things with beloved mates.
As previously posted, Robert Crampton (of Beta Male fame – Saturday Times Magazine) is on track for completing Deloitte RAB 2012…
It is clear from his recent article on Christmas Eve that he is approaching the ride with intrepidation and excitement – the same as many of you. Training on Christmas Day? Is that really necessary? Robert was up for it, but only after having a pork pie for breakfast – a strange Northern tradition (but great energy food)!
I felt a strange sense of despair yesterday as I set off for a 31 mile ride to my mother in law in Salisbury. Not only was the temperature 2 degrees, the legs like clay, disconcerting ice aplenty, but it was the good old British driver that caused my dour state. From the perspective of my bike, it seems drivers are always in an almighty hurry, unable to wait more than 3 seconds before taking ridiculous risks to over-take and save themselves an essential minute or two which they’ll spend talking about how bad X Factor has become. God, am I sounding like the Daily Mail?