Day 2: Royal Wootton Bassett to Bristol, 58 miles

Posted on: Thursday, 9 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

End of day 2 - still all togetherSixteen of us started and finished and the weather was rarely much to write home about. We started in lashing rain, finished in sunshine and faced a steady headwind and even hail at one stage as we headed into Melksham.

The two Sarahs enjoyed some of the longest journeys to join us from Minehead and Winchester. Sarah from Minehead was giving her shiny new bike its first serious outing. TC Sarah had clearly been in training judging by her sprints up hill although it appeared she mainly wanted to get to a staging point for a well deserved smoke.

Caroline from Transaid - fresh from a trip to Boston and in preparation for Madagascar - misread the weather and, true to her charitable status, borrowed a waterproof jacket.

Rider prizes

The prize for most game rider went to Martin from Wincanton who was just pipped to the post for least suitable bike by Ian G - spitting on the crank to ensure it kept turning seemed a practical solution but won't add much to the bike’s scrap value.

Peter Hendy won the award for the rider least considerate to other road users by our judging panel of Larry, Ian and Steve (our drivers from Ceva who have years of experience on the road as well as the measured eye of drivers used to observing management in action!).

Top lunch at Stone King

We struggled to keep tabs on Simon and Peter from Stone King who hared off at enormous speed and clearly had to get a couple of chargeable hours in at their Melksham office before we arrived for lunch - unless of course they were actually preparing lunch which was greatly appreciated by us although the presence of 16 people trooping through their offices can hardly have been the highlight for the Stone King team’s week.

Dogs and lycra

Our Chairman Graeme McFaul rode past his palatial estate and was greeted at Melksham by his wife and his new border terrier who failed to recognise him in lycra (dog, not wife). Peter Hendy's wife was also waiting en route in Bath to say hello to us all.

All finished and the Bath to Bristol cycle path was a huge plus. Peter Woodhouse organised an excellent route with some beautiful scenery. The weather was the only downside to a great day.

Next stop Pontypool in preparation for Brecon to Cardiff. Now I know what it’s like to do the transfers on the Tour de France.

Day 2 cyclists at the start of the day








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