Wednesday December 17, 2014
On Thursday 11th July, Peter along with his wife Jane set off with 30 other cyclists from Portishead to Lands End to help raise funds for a local charity.
The route covered 265 miles in 2.5 days through Somerset, Devon and Cornwall. Jane, who doesn’t class herself as a cyclist, commented ‘Peter persuaded me that this would be a nice cycle ride down to Lands End, along lovely roads and that it was mainly downhill'. Well, I can reliably inform you that it isn’t downhill - it was the hardest thing I have ever done in my life! The first day was 110 miles and nearly 7,000 ft of ascent - which for a non-cyclist is extremely challenging.
In total we cycled 18,000 ft of ascent – I found out afterwards that Mt Ventoux is only 6,000 ft - I should have known better than to have listened to Peter because what he classes as an 'easy climb' included 25% climbs that I had to get off and walk up! The trip was in aid of the ‘Lions for Life Initiative’ - a project which aims to place life-saving defibrillators in local villages in and around North Somerset.
Peter said afterwards ‘I thoroughly enjoyed myself, the weather was fantastic, we had a nice tailwind and the route took us through some of the best scenery in Devon and Cornwall. The only downside was the Youth Hostels with eight to a room – other than that, it was all for a good cause and extremely well-organised – parts of Dartmoor were stunning but as they were quieter back roads they also tended to be a bit lumpier’. Hmm, sounds like Peter enjoyed it slightly more than Jane! We heard that Peter arrived first in Lands End along with a very fit lady triathlete – in fact a couple hours ahead of anyone else —well, what a surprise to hear that!
If anyone would like to sponsor Jane I’m sure she’d be very grateful! http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/JaneGibbons2