Today I took part in a Police ride that will in 6 days be visiting all the Police stations in East Sussex. Wide variety of riders, skills and bikes, but as My co-rider on the Tandem is a policeman, we went on it for todays ride only. Only 6 stations visited with about 50 miles on the actual route, between 7 and 12 miles on each section of the ride.
For some reason, we always seemed to start last, but before long we were up the front of the riders. One rule was you do not overtake the chief constable, but he is quite fit so the pace was not too slow. If we wanted to work, we just dropped back to the back and went for it to get to the front.
A lot of interest was shown in our Tandem, especially when it was realised that we were averaging 27mph on the flats, downhills we disappeared into the distance, but our courtesy did allow a few riders to take us on the uphills. We are slow uphill. I am no spring chicken at 58, and was probably the oldest rider there. Most were in their 30's but I cannot deride any of them. They were not all avid cyclists, they were not all in A.1 fitness, and some of them were riding 20 year old bikes. We only had 1 hill, and this is Ditchling Beacon from the London to Brighton Fame, so some of the UK riders may know of it. It is steep and it is long but every rider made it. Not one walked. It is an achievement for even some fit riders to make this hill.
Highlights from the ride. With travel to and from the start on the Tandem,75 miles covered, average speed of 14.9mph, Top speed was a bit of a disappointment though as we had to brake for a car at our highest speed of 52.4mph.Although that is our fastest EVER recorded road speed, we thought we would have broken out offroad speed of 53.4mph. On a personal note Heart rate when not slowing down was kept between 140 and 150, ditchling beacon only saw 152, but at sometime on the ride I reached 158 and I did not notice it. No adjustments necessary on the Bike, and only adjustments to the riders was the stripping off of layers as the day warmed up.
Altogether a most enjoyable day, The ride was good, and it is surprising how car drivers behave when every other rider was a policeman on Police bikes wearing a yellow vest with POLICE all over the back of it. As an aside, I can assure you that British policemen are human aswell.