Much to my disappointment I had to miss Cycle Together Sandringham in 2014 so it was top of my list for 2015.
Its a great family day out with routes of 10,20, 50 and 100 miles so something for everyone and every penny raised goes to Park house hotel for the disabled.
I was going to ride this with the sandringham and west norfolk cyclist and it was also going to be my first 100 ride of 2015 but as I decided to ride from home it would make it around 116 miles, my longest ride to date.
As I left home it was drizzling with rain but by the time we set off from Sandringham although still dull there was no drizzle !!
A large group of us set off together we then split down into smaller groups depending on speed.
I settled into a nice little group of 5 and we rode together to the first feed stop at Holkham ,avg speed was 17 mph and at that time I wondered how I would ever manage the 100 miles.
This is where the route split and we lost 2 from our group who went on to ride the 50 while Myself, Paulette and Lorraine carried on to do the 100 miles.
We then headed out to Holt for the next feed station,we rode together really well taking it in turns at the front for a mile at a time,it was the first time I have experienced such great riding team work, it pushed me hard and I loved it !!
From Holt it was back to Holkham with the challenging Bard hill at salthouse on the way ,I think the 100 route took in every hill in Norfolk.
Then before we knew it we were crossing the finishing line with big smiles and cheers from fellow riders.
We then received a lovely goody bag , had coffee and pasta before returning home.
A fabulous ride out with 3 great ,well stocked, feed stations, ran by friendly cheerful encouraging volunteers. The route signage was also very good and clear to follow and the actual 100 mile route was fantastic to ride.
Thanks to Paulette and Lorraine it was well worth waiting a year to do and I loved it.
and I was so happy that I didn’t need a lift home !!