On Wednesday 29th April, Nigel England and Luke England set off amongst 7 fellow riders on an epic cycling adventure, all in aid of Velindre Cancer Centre. The team had to get Luke to Fulham for his wedding on Saturday May 2nd!
The trip was split into three days of cycling, however most of the hard graft took place over two days. The first leg was a rather challenging 78-mile journey from Cowbridge to Chippenham, which also involved 3,000 feet of climbing. Some of the group were more prepared for this than others. The team arrived safely at their hotel at 17:00, and were able to enjoy a few pints of Guinness in the sunshine (convinced that they needed the iron!!).
Day two didn’t appear to be as tricky on paper. Once again it was a 78-mile quest with half as much climbing as day one at 1,700 feet. The reality of having completed day one meant that this wasn’t quite as straightforward as they would have liked. There were also a few leg sapping climbs out of Marlborough, but after that the group got to enjoy the countryside all the way to Windsor. The cyclists split on this segment and everyone arrived at Windsor at different times, some of the early arrivals even took the opportunity to visit Windsor Castle, others were lucky to make the hotel, let alone go sightseeing.
The final day turned out to be more of a precession, with a short 20-mile ride from Windsor to the final destination, Fulham Palace. Even though this was the shortest route it turned out to be one of the most dangerous sections, as the team had to navigate the very busy and often scary London roads. However, they survived and reached Fulham Palace at around midday with broken bodies and sky high spirits.
In addition to the great memories that all the riders will have, we’re delighted to report that Luke & Harriet did indeed get married on the Saturday and what a wonderful day it turned out to be.
With help from Siteserv clients, colleagues, friends and families they raised a total of just over £21,000 for Velindre Cancer Centre. Thank you!
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