A charity 40 miler today that is fairly local. a Very flat route and a choice of 2 distances. An out and back of 25 miles total to Pevensey Castle (Where Batman and Robin were seen) or a 40 miler to take in a more modern castle at Herstmoncieux. Sorry 2 castles on one ride is not fair on some of you but they are part of our local scenery. Tim arrived at 7 am and Tandem loaded and then pick up the others. One of who's bikes had a severe service yesterday when the brakes had a minor problem but turnrd into a derailler and chain change. Wish I had had the other riders bike in as The forks were found to be loose just as we started and I could not find a big enough Rock to hit the star nut with but more about him later.
My NEW co-rider in Tim has only been on the T once before so it was suck and see time as to how he would get on for 40 miles. He did OK. In fact My time with Stuart is 2 1/2 hours for the 40 and that has been pushing the whole way. Tim is not a regular cyclist- I was a bit timid on the front as pilot and our time was 2 1/2 hours. So either I was not a weakling on the previous team- or Tim puts in a lot more energy than he thinks he does. As to the others- We left them right from the start. The fit rider from our group was struggling. Not only were the forks a bit loose right from the start- He had brake problems that only got cured at 30 miles.
Ok the pics- First is at the start- or rather signing on and we did cause a few traffic problems in the area. Second of Batman and Robin is at pevensey castle which is the oldest Norman Castle in the UK and in fact has a Roman base. The next few are at Herstmoncieux castle and show a modern bit of local architecture. Incidentally The rest stops were all manned with Staff I have seen for the last 4 years so are regulars. The older group I only saw once- at this stop and they were then gone. The final pic show the other two in our group coming in while we were up on the balcony of a club overlooking the finish. you can see the T parked up and we were enjoying the Coffee and bacon sandwiches as they turned up.
Good ride- not too hard but always enjoyable. So what were the rest of you up to on this Glorious warm spring morning. (By the way- it just started to rain in the last mile or so of the ride)
Edit One of the things I enjoy about this ride is the number of youngsters that do the ride. 10,11,12 year olds on BMX's doing the 25 miler. I would not like to ride a BMX for 2 miles let alone when I am young without the energy of an adult. Today I met one better. A young girl that had previously done the ride on a tag-a-long. This year she did it solo on her new mountain bike- complete with knobbly tyres. She did the 25 miler obviously and her Dad said he had to put effort in to stay with her. She was 9.