So I had a rather big mouth and offered to cover someone else’s spot in the London Night Ride in aid of raising funds for Cancer Research.
I hadn’t really done much cycling prior to the event, which took place on 7th June. One of my clients and good friend Nicky was booked to do the race and there’s no way I could let her go all the way to London on her own so I volunteered to come and join her. We went out for two bike rides prior and my perception that Oh we’ll be okay London is flat – it’s okay if you have the hills
at the beginning but we were met by a few rather great big hills towards the end. I felt like I had been working a night shift all night – but we both made it up all the hills and even overtook a few people! It was such an awesome experience I shall definitely be signing up for the next one. Just cycling through the midnight traffic was an experience on it’s own…bit like Russian Rolette!
We cycled on behalf of Cancer UK – many people were supporting all sorts of charities. We
were fortunate or should I say blessed that the weather was so clear we could see stars in the sky and it wasn’t too cold – apart from after your breaks – so we learnt our lesson after our first stop and decided to miss the following two to keep warm – we didn’t really feel the need to stop anyway as were both doing great.
We were very lucky to arrive on the bridge near the London Eye and witness and spectacular sunrise ….. such a beautiful end to the race made it all worth while! We completed the race and got ourselves a lovely medal – which we both wore on the way home! If you’re interested in joining our ride next year – we will be doing training for it and it wasn’t as gruelling as we thought. In fact it was pretty painless apart from the few hills (nothing like Devon hills though!) I would highly recommend this to anyone who like cycling and looking at houses – we spent most of the night trying to guess how much the houses cost!