Archive for September, 2011
Well, we finished and survived the Way of the Roses! The ride was actually longer than the 170 miles due to a diversion on day two. However, the first day was far, far tougher. The first half of the ride, east to west, is very hilly and we also had to contend with a headwind strong enough to require pedalling downhill as well as up! Added to this was on off ain throgh the day and a torrential storm during the last hour of the ride. This latter reduced visibility to the point where I was briefly just following the yellow blur of a colleague’s jacket and he was later trying to follow my tail light. However, we all made the halfway stop at the Half Moon Inn in Sharrow, near Ripon, and it was great that our colleague with MND was able to join usduring the evening.
The second day was much easier, although we cycled well over 90 miles. The weather was kinder and the route is much flatter with only one big climb. Even the climb is less steep and we enjoyed a long (12 mile) downhill run and some good group riding on the flat roads. By the time we reached Bridlington, Fish and Chips were well and truly earned.
So far sponsorship is over £6,000 and we were delighted to learn that this is a meaningful amount to the MNDA, as they do not receive the level of support that some other charities enjoy. Once again, if you want to sponsor the MNDA then please either use the link in the previous post or donate directly to them. MND really is a cruel disease.
Last year one of my colleagues was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease. This weekend I am riding the Way of the Roses with a group of colleagues in support of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, which has proved a great support to my c0lleague and his family. MND is a terrible disease and we all hope that the little we can do will be of some help and encouragement to our colleague and others.
The Way of the Roses is just over 170 miles and includes the very significant climbs over the Pennines and into the Yorkshire Dales. We will be completing the route over two days, Friday and Saturday, all being well. If anyone would like to support MND association financially, then you can sponsor the ride at our just giving page on the link here.