Day 4: Worcester to Leamington Spa, 52 miles

Posted on: Monday, 13 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

Transaid cycle: end of day 4Here’s a happy West Midlands’ team after their ride from Worcester to Leamington Spa. All made it to the end bar Guy Elliott who sent in a note from his wife that he was only allowed out until 2pm (dental appointment apparently). I hope he didn't mention the 7% proof cider he had for lunch.

It was a slow start out of Worcester as the pace of Kerry held things up a bit, but determination and true grit meant she completed 25 miles - well ahead of her previous personal best.

Transaid cycle: the peleton day 4Heroic efforts

The tandem of Korinne and Jamie developed a technical fault but the presence of Dave Rowlands and his technical skills soon ensured the crank was tightened up (we think this probably doubled the bike’s value) and we were back on the road.

Despite a dodgy right knee, Daniel Gill became DHL’s first representative following a few drop outs, and his local knowledge was valuable in helping us navigate through Stratford.

Lunch was at The Ship at Bidford on Avon. The food was excellent - chorizo and squid salad for me - although I think the presence of 16 lycra-clad cyclists was a shock to their regular clientele.

There was a great effort from Charlie Shiels who rode well and went well beyond any previous distance - and he raised substantial funds for Transaid too.

John Brewer of FTA showed remarkable determination to propel his knobbly tyred mountain bike the full 49 miles although he consistently qualified for the title of ‘tail-end Charlie’.

Tandem power

It was great to have Korinne riding tandem - her and Jamie set the pace powering up the hills in total pedalling unison. Whenever we got lost we just needed to listen for the sound of Korinne berating Jamie in the distance for steering over a kerb or pot hole without warning. She's riding East Midlands next week with her regular tandem partner-sounds like double trouble.

Today was Gordon Telling’s last day until he rejoins us at the East Midlands stage. Gordon has been in the breakaway throughout the first 4 days and is regretting not taking the weekend trip.

Next stop Manchester. Nikki and Chris still jointly hold the General Classification time but Nikki is wearing the yellow jersey because she is a vegetarian.

Transaid cycle: start of day 4








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