London to Brighton Bike Ride – Training Session 1
Our first training session this weekend, it has to be said, was very kind. Having had the date in my diary for over a month we couldn’t have asked for a more perfect day. Although chilly and a slight bite in the air there was beautiful sunshine and a very gentle breeze, just what the doctor ordered given we were just about to set out on a 35+ mile bike ride.
We started in Isleworth, leaving CP Cases’ offices and taking the A4 (Old Bath Road) to Windsor via Colnbrook, Datchet and Eton. A few photos on Eton Bridge were quickly followed by more outside Windsor Castle….I never thought I hear myself say this but whoever thought of bringing the selfie-stick, genius!
The ride in Windsor Great Park was very smooth, easy under foot so to speak, and probably made easier by taking in so much of the natural beauty and vistas. We had a tea break, shared anecdotal conversation with fellow cyclists which revealed some had greater passion than others demonstrated by the investments made in their wheels – more than enough money spent to buy a good quality car.
As the sun got higher the warmer we felt which was matched by the satisfaction of the ride so far and spirit and friendship evident in the team, which grew more and more as we piled on the miles.
Leaving Windsor Great Park and heading back home on the A30 could have been a bit of a let down but it wasn’t. Despite cycling into a slight headwind we all worked with each other, checking on our whereabouts as we made our way safely back home.
So where next? Richmond Park, Box Hill and Canary Wharf are venues suggested to far. If you have any ideas please let us know just bear in mind our starting point is West London.
Above all that its about the cause and the team’s ambition to raise money in support of British Heart Foundation. If you’d like to know more about the London to Brighton Bike Ride you can get full details from the website here.[ssba]