Team Eunomia has reached the end of its four day charity cycle challenge for FoodCycle.
Technical difficulties unfortunately prevented us from bringing you team co-ordinator Amy Slack’s update last night, but here’s her round-up of the action on day 4.
Today the group separated somewhat to take part in the closed-road London 100 Sportive that took us around the 2012 Olympic Road race course through London, out into Surry and back into London to finish on The Mall.
James and Joe both started very early so I unfortunately did not manage to see them in the morning. After saying my farewells to a number of other London Green Cycle Club riders at breakfast, I headed off to the start line. Last year, the weather was so wet they had to cut out the main hills for safety reasons; today however, we had glorious sunshine all day. The route out of London was lovely and flat and with so many other cyclists around I managed to whizz through London, making use of their drafts. Cycling past some of London’s main tourists sites on traffic free roads was great!
I soon reached quintessentially English countryside of Surrey, having to stop a bit more than I wanted to fill up on water – I was getting through it very quickly in the heat. The first main hill came at about 57 miles and unfortunately I got stuck behind a big accident along with another 1,000 people or so. As a result, we were all stationary for an hour whist someone had to get air lifted out. We kept our spirits high with a number of hill long Mexican waves!
The break must have done me good though as I felt pretty strong with another 50 miles to go. I powered up the infamous Box Hill and was soon back in London for a very quick last 25 miles with lots of spectators lining the roads, which was a massive boost. It felt great to bomb along through London at pretty fast speeds and it did not feel that long before I rounded Trafalgar Square for the last sprint (with gritted teeth) down The Mall and over the finish line with the obligatory ‘fist pump’!
I was greeted at the end by Joe, James, my partner and my brother, which was great. Joe had also had a good ride but James unfortunately had had a big crash at 80 miles and had to be transported back to London – reports differ as to whether this was by train or ambulance. He turned out to be fine, but was left with some pretty deep road burns… the state of his lovely brand new bike is yet to be determined. Nevertheless, despite his disappointment at not finishing, he seemed to have had a great time and was still his usually smiley self.
All in all, it was a fantastic but exhausting four days of riding. Best of all, so far we have raised a total of £3,385 for FoodCycle, which has far exceeded our expectations. A massive ‘thank you’ to all who have supported us; every little helps FoodCycle save food from the bin and serve up hot meals. It’s not too late to sponsor us and support a fantastic small charity that does brilliant work in food waste prevision and fighting food poverty.
If you would like to dip your hand in your pocket to sponsor our intrepid cyclists, you can do so here: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/team/EunomiaYorkshireToLondon