Yesterday, we arrived in Bath just in time to see Andy Mills-Baker walking up the path after a very long day on his bike in the Deloitte Ride Across Britain Challenge charity cycle. Tired legs or not, he was still smiling, despite having cycled one of the toughest stages, the 110 miles from Okehampton to Bath, and up a number of hills and through the Cheddar Gorge.
As a surprise, the organisers had arranged for the 700 riders to be accommodated at the University of Bath, so instead of a tent, Andy was treated to a roof over his head and a comfy mattress.
Andy is riding as part of the Alliott Group international team which includes the global association’s CEO James Hickey. Both have found the going hard, but are bearing up well and rising to the challenge, hugely inspired by the charities they are supporting, in Andy’s case, Rennie Grove Hospice Care.
To keep their spirits up, we treated Andy and James to a proper dinner with red wine, so they definitely will have slept well!
We are seriously in awe of all of those taking part in this challenge. The riders cycle all day from 7.30am until around 6pm, covering around 110 miles every day. Each morning, the riders are woken up at 5.15am by a motivational tune, on Day 1 “Eye of the Tiger”, and on Day 2, the classic (?) “Let’s Get Ready to Rumble” by PJ and Duncan!
Today’s ride is the shortest – a mere 99 miles and one of the easier days in terms of climbing, so fingers crossed they make it through Day 3! Andy was pleased to see that his just giving donations page had gone up to £2300 yesterday, so a huge thanks to all those who have contributed.