Travelling down to Windsor for the event was myself, my friend Julie and my daughter Laura. Laura was extremely nervous about the ride as her total training miles were a grand total of 47 miles!
We took Julie’s advice and rang a fairly local pub which participated in a ‘Pub Stop’ scheme, the pub was called “The New Leathern Bottle” and was a really friendly welcoming place where it turned out the locals had a heart of gold!
We parked up and Kev and Laura disappeared to watch England play a pre World Cup game (needn’t have bothered, they are out now) Kev did what he normally does and started telling all who cared to listen about our forthcoming event and which charities we were raising funds for.
One of these listeners was a lovely lady called Maxine who is married to Chris and are due to be the new owners of the ‘New Leathern Bottle’ within the month.
Lovely Maxine took it upon herself to spread the word and have a whip round and soon presented Kev with an amazing £70!
What a brill start and we hadn’t yet turned a pedal.
We managed to park up at 11 am the following morning at the Windsor Race Course, 2 mins walk from the start line where we were due to set off at 9pm that evening.
In no time at all, we were registered and ready for the off, as 50 riders were setting off at a time with 1800 women participating, we didn’t actually set off till 9.50pm.
The event was amazing, we averaged about ten miles per hour and saw the sun set and sun rise, at one point Laura actually said that she was enjoying it!
It was lovely to ride with my Kenya cycle buddy Sue and her friend Janet, who both really helped Laura especially encouraging her up Richmond hill.
The volunteer ‘Ride Angels’ were there to help and definitely helped out when Julie’s chain snapped within half a mile of the finish!
We saw Kev at feed station 4 at about 4.15 am and the last ten miles seemed to fly as we knew we had done it!
A super event, raising £97,000 for three amazing charities.