Capital to Coast cycle ride

Well, I've survived my second Capital to Coast charity cycle ride. Not only did the London to Hove cycle ride seem further this year, it actually was as we were diverted an extra couple of miles due to an accident.

Last year's ride was in sunshine all the way, and this year the weather held up amazingly well too. Somehow we managed to avoid showers and hailstones that hit everywhere behind us. As a result I came away rather more sunburnt than I was planning...

Anyway, here are the photos:

Chris Greenway, on his bike:

Chris Greenway, on his bike

Greg, who was generally moving too fast to be in focus:

Greg

And then there was Gemma who looked much more tired than this at the end:

Gemma

Early on, Chris was already giving the whole experience a hearty thumbs-up (and a small tongues-out):

Chris gives it thumbs up

This is the only shot I have with all four of us in, albeit only the top of my cycling helmet and everyone else out of focus:

All the 2007 puntourists

It felt like such an achievement reaching West Sussex that I had to take a photo of the sign:

Welcome to West Sussex

Chris celebrates a famous victory, or something:

Chris victory

And then follows up the victory (of getting to the second rest stop) with one of the excellent biscuits they had on offer there:

Chris with a biscuit

Gemma also joined in this biscuit-fest:

Gemma with biscuit

One biscuit for all, and all for one! (Actually, there were many biscuits for all.)

Biscuits

As last year, I wore my special cycling shoes:

Cycling shoes

Not only were there biscuits, from the third stop onwards there were cakes. This is where the real action started.

Cake

Chris was dressed in a high-tech outfit, complete with intravenous water:

Space Chris

Whatever lay ahead, Chris was ready for it:

Chris ready for it

Chris "I stick my tongue out in the face of hills" Greenway:

Chris's tongue

At the fourth stop we were a little tired, to say the least.

Fourth stop

But Chris re-energised himself with a rather large cookie:

Chris with cookie

By this time Gemma was starting to feel it:

Gemma tired

Yet, somehow, we all made it to the top of Devil's Dyke:

Devil's Dyke stop

And, as with last year, my bike got to be president:

My bike the president

By the time we reached Hove the beer was very welcome:

Beer in Hove

And of course there's still time to donate online if you haven't already done so due to forgetfulness or stinginess.

Puntourists 2007 fundraising page

Capital to Coast

Capital to Coast 2006 photos

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