Day 11: Nottingham to Market Harborough, 55 miles

Posted on: Thursday, 23 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

We could barely believe it… a bright blue sky at the start of our ride. There was a great bunch of cyclists, including the Clipper team - riding as the Clipperettes. We also had the Premier boys - all the way from Durham and only two days after a 75 mile sportive in Yorkshire.

Gordon rejoined us after his time off (complete with cleats) and organised us a free lunch and a Think Bike backpack at Leicestershire County Hall where they are actively supporting the growth of cycling.

A stunning ride

It was a beautiful ride from Staunton Harold reservoir (once we had been able to leave after Korinne arrived), through South Derbyshire and into Leicestershire. Korinne, who lives about 10 minutes away, got lost (no Jamie today - he was giving his ears a rest).

The pace was steady but interspersed with three punctures - our record for one day.

Individual performances

Danny had struggled with a sore leg for his first three rides but, following a bike refit by Miles (cycling consultant) on Sunday, he went well until 5 miles from the end when his right knee went awol!

Rosemary was ready to see the finishing line at Cemex - although she would probably have been happy to see it at 45 not 55 miles. The extra 2 miles to Clippers depot was not appreciated.

Tony rode a good leg despite a lack of cycle training, although apparently he had been training to empty wine bottles at Le Mans and that was clearly a good substitute.

Photos and Jaffas at the finish

All finished the ride and enjoyed refreshments and a pose for the Rugby Advertiser at Cemex before eating Paul’s Jaffa cakes.

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