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London to Brighton cycle ride. Phil's report

The Ace of Hearts group was invited to support the BHF annual cycle ride from London to Brighton for charity. Guy Beattie (AoH Ctte Member) was instrumental in press ganging, sorry persuading a number of brave souls to buy a bike and try to ride it 54 miles to Brighton. Being the only sensible person, I said “No Way Hosea!” I did however volunteer to be in charge of transport. (I now withdraw my assertion above that I am in any way sensible!). Our intrepid Members all completed the marathon journey and all deserve an Endurance Award.

Pacemaker Members are:

Ian Giles (AoH Chairman)

Amanda Mitchell (AoH Founder)

Guy Beattie (AoH Events Mangr)

Tony Holder (AoH Member)

David Brown (AoH Member)

Also friends Emma, Terry and Johno completed the 8 rider team. Due to unforeseen circumstances it took 12 hours to complete. (See Amanda’s article on page 3 (NO - not that page 3 !).

The team raised a massive £3196.72 for charity and the cheque was presented to Jo Howe (BHF) in the presence of the Mayor of Bexley at the Montrose Club in Sidcup. WELL DONE AoH Pacemakers in 2014.

Phil

London to Brighton cycle ride. Amanda's report

It was an amazing day…..more like a family day out….the cycle trip was therapeutic with it’s beautiful scenery along the roads to Brighton; things you don’t tend to notice when you’re driving along. Although we had to train to meet the demand of the 54 mile trek, we took lots of rests and there was plenty of drink stops and BBQ’s on the way. We met at Clapham Common at 5.30 am. The ride started at 6.30 am, and AoH Pacemakers Team took off. We were on busy roads on the way out of London, but later reached more enjoyable quieter areas. With the large number of people participating, the roads just weren’t big enough for us all; you had to have your wits about you all the time. Some people were cycling at such speeds on the outside lane, it was like the M25. Others pulling out to overtake someone in front of them, without checking behind first. Accidents happened and were upsetting to see. Tony had an accident on route; he fell off his bike and grazed his arm and leg. I fell off of mine momentarily; just lost balance trying to set off from a (non-alcoholic) drink stop! There were so many bikes on the side of the road, either parked or pulling over or pulling away. The biggest accident (needing the Air Ambulance), probably caused the majority of the small accidents because of the congestion it created; at one point we were grid-locked along one road for 3 hours, all just walking and talking along the way. People behind us started a Mexican wave to lighten the frustrated mood. You couldn’t turn around, you were trapped and had to keep going. Proud of myself here - for not having a panic attack – I suffer from claustrophobia. Amazing though how the locals jumped on bandwagon of this event - serving drinks and sweets along the pavements outside their back gardens; there was even a random disco van on the side of the road, with its boot open, which had been turned into a drinks bar — we should have called it a day then and had a party - but AOH ploughed on!!! Eventually we regrouped amongst the thousands. We were tired and my patience was running thin with inconsiderate cyclists. One man told me and Emma to get a move

on and I shouted back at him - “******” (expletives deleted!). Looking back at it, he was warning us of the stampede catching up with us. He was right, (retrospective apologies to the man I yelled at). Ian’s knee held out the race but he suffered in silence and somehow made it to the end. Amazing when he had the knee operation barely one month beforehand. He doesn’t recommend this type of post op exercise as conducive therapy. (He has now had a second op!) The craziest thing was being advised by a competitive female cyclist that removal of undergarments ( going commando) is essential to be a more comfortable experience!? I’m not mentioning AoH names who actually followed this advice (Guy?), but it seemed a load of old nonsense to me until 4 hours into the race!! This professionals advice couldn’t have been more valuable — FRICTION

Phil’s supply of Sudocrem was in the trailer!! I could go on about the day, as I loved every minute of it, especially being with my support group friends……it was a day I won’t forget, Well done Tony—you were my star of the day for sure…!! Here’s to 2015 L2B !?! Amanda