I would like to start this blog thanking everyone who made this event possible. Paula and the team at Chartered Wealth Management, thank you for taking on the challenge! To the charity and all of the riders who joined us giving us the best send off that we could hope for, thank you. I am completely overwhelmed by the level of support you’ve shown.
So, back to the sportive.
Riders had started trickling in to the car park, riders from all over the North West. Team Glow had brought 24 people along and probably won the prize for the best kit. After a few photos with sponsors, our crew chief, some friends who had come out to support the ride and the rest of the sportive riders (I would like to add a woman from Team Glow did threaten to chop my legs off because I stole her position at the front of the photo – you know who you are), we rolled out into the Cheshire lanes.
Within about 10 minutes we were out into the Cheshire countryside. The route was beautiful and followed quiet and traditional cheshire lanes, lined with high hedgerows. There were one or two punchy little climbs out of Goostrey on our way to the half way point, the Old Barn Cafe. When we reached the Old Barn Cafe we were greeted by the PBC support team.
A quick coffee and a big natter with friends and other riders who are all incredibly supportive about the challenge and are genuinely just interested in how we’ve trained, how we will be supported state-side and what has possessed us to do a challenge this big and we’re back into lovely Cheshire lanes.
We’re now on the return route, diving through the Cheshire lanes around Goostrey and Mobberley and the finish line is in sight. We go through the lovely market town of Knutsford, around Tatton Park and the last final test, Park Road, a steep 800 metre climb out of Hale.
46 miles later and we are back the Nightingale Centre, greeted by bacon butties and cups of tea! There’s not much better in life than a bacon butty after a bike ride and takes me back to my racing days of Tuesday night Time Trials in Cramlington were you’re given the best brew in the world after turning yourself inside out.
I still completely overwhelmed by the level of support we’ve received – thank you.