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13 entries for June 2011

Day 13: London to Tunbridge Wells, 55 miles

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

This is the last blog - and it seems sad to be writing it. However, we've had a great time and most importantly raised some serious funds for Transaid. ...

Day 12: Cambridge to Stevenage, 57 miles

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

Just one more to go after this stage. As usual for flaming June and the longest day of the year we had a further dose of cloud and coolish conditions. ...

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. ...

Day 10: York to Doncaster, 58 miles

Posted on: Tuesday, 21 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

Here's the Yorks and Humberside team together for the first and only time. We had a great briefing from Nikki who asserted her authority for a few seconds. ...

Day 9: South Shields to Middlesbrough, 53 miles

Posted on: Monday, 20 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

Dinosaur Park at Middlesbrough proved a great location for the pre-ride bacon butty, but there were no takers for the security of the car park so we took John’s lead and parked just down the road… or was it 5 miles Colin? ...

Day 8: Stirling to Menzies: 52 miles

Posted on: Monday, 20 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

Tuesday’s ride in Scotland proved to be one of the best so far. Whilst it was a small group, we were all of similar ability and made good pace. ...

Day 7: Belfast to Larne, 51 miles

Posted on: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

It was a superb event in Belfast with the local FTA region really getting behind the event. Many thanks to Tom Wilson and Laura from Dennisons for their fantastic organisation and for assembling an impressive group of riders. ...

Day 6: Dublin to Dundalk, 56 miles

Posted on: Tuesday, 14 June 2011 by Toby Carroll in category Cycle ride

Just four ardent cyclists braved the elements in Dublin, and wet and weary completed the ride to Dundalk in double quick time despite a long delay to repair a stubborn puncture by Declan. ...

Day 5: Manchester to Chester, 52 miles

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

Saturday proved a late start for the 8 riders who had to relocate their cars 3 times before finding a suitable place to leave them. As a result we had a delayed arrival at DHL Trafford Park and the ride didn't start until 11 am. ...

Day 4: Worcester to Leamington Spa, 52 miles

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

Here’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). ...

Day 3: Brecon to Cardiff, 52 miles

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

There was a very good turnout in Wales with a strong show from the International Greetings team. 19 riders turned out at Brecon, where we split into two groups: a road group of 5 and the rest on mountain bikes who followed the Taff trail all the way ...

Day 2: Royal Wootton Bassett to Bristol, 58 miles

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

Sixteen 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. ...

Day 1: Tunbridge Wells to Guildford, 53 miles

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

It was a small but select group who set off from Tunbridge Wells on Tuesday morning at 9.30.With 48 miles to go it became clear that we were going to have to teach Becky how to change gear on her off-road mountain bike. ...