|The Royal Mail Aylesbury team on Marina Drive, at the end of the London to Brighton Bike Ride 2014.|
I'm on the far side, with the yellow panniers
|High spirits on the minibus on the way down, even though |
it is only five-forty am. We assembled at four-thirty!
Scott (far left) was roped into the ride just 3 days earlier!
What a hero!
|Brian and Jay on the way down|
|Heading out through London is a stop-start|
affair. This is Ray B, waiting for traffic signals.
Ray B was one of our team organisers.
Ray B dropped out after Turners Hill with a
|Paul, our best rider, waiting for the lights to change.|
|The boys, all lined up. Zed, in the foreground is riding the|
only Pashley Millenium in our line-up.
|Ray A, the main team organiser.|
|Brian, the cheerful one.|
|Paul and Brian at the Woodmansterne Village Hall rest stop (marked "A" on the route map). Some of our riders forgot to have breakfast, so stopped forbacon rolls. The slow pace meant that the fitter riderswere riding at a very relaxed pace.|
|Regrouping on the driveway of a large house.|
|Dougie (the oldest rider, at 55), Ray A, and Ray B.|
You can see how congested the early parts of the route were.
|Selfie at Burstow Scouts, rest stop "F".|
The tean stopped here for repairs to
Ray B's bike.
|Back out on the open road.|
|The traffic was much less by now.|
|Dougie's still enjoying himself.|
|Zed and Jay (our youngest rider at just 34), enjoying the picturesque villages on the route|
|Brian and Jay at the top, relaxing.|
|Brain and Jay at the top, relaxing.|
|Brian and Paul coming into Brighton|
|Approaching the seafront.|
Turn left for the Finish Line!
|Relaxing after the ride on Marina Drive.|
We are all wearing out Finisher's Medals.
Brian, Scott and myself are pictured, with
Zed partly visible behind me.
|Dougie and Jay, the oldest and youngest|
of our riders, relaxing after the ride.
|Scott and Zed enjoying the sea air!|
|Phone home, E.T. !|
|Paul, our stand-out rider, seems dissapointed the ride|
|Zed and Brian are glad it's over!|
|Phil, one of our support drivers, met us down|
on Marina Drive.
|After a hard ride, Dougie needs to keep warm!|
|Scott, the man with just three days to prepare|
rode outstandingly. I was proud to have been
in the same team as him!
|Phil, Brian, Zed, Scott and Jay relaxing at Victoria's Bar on |
|Paul is just SO fit. To ride a three-speed 25kg |
bike up Ditchling Beacon, when most riders
on fancy bikes end up pushing at least part of it,
is outstanding !!!
|Dougie's got a story to tell ...|
|What would the seaside be without the thieving seagulls :-)|
|Ray A, the main team organiser, relaxed|
after the ride.
|Brian's STILL enjoying himself!|
|My ride, "Flame" after the event.|
|Steve F, the other support driver, loading the|
bikes into the van ready for tramsport back to
the Aylesbury depot.
|On the back of the Route Guide is a handy Slope Guide, showing where the|
climbs are. Only Paul and I rode to the top of the hill shown a little after 20
miles, and only Paul rode up the Ditchling Beacon (I went into a fast push!)
|The Route Guide handed out to|
all riders at the Start line.