Chase the Sun Cycle Challenge – Luke’s Blog
On Saturday 22nd June, our BDM, Luke took to the highways and by-ways of Britain, joining riders in the Structural Timber Association (STA) team to complete extreme cycle challenge – Chase the Sun.
Starting at dawn, Luke and the riders cycled 205 miles from the Isle of Sheppey to Burnham-on-Sea…IN JUST ONE DAY!!!
It was a cool morning with mist laying over the Isle of Sheppey. Positioned on the start line with nearly 1,000 other cyclists, we were waiting for the sun to rise before starter’s orders…
And then we were off…we soon found a good pace but just before London we had our first mechanical. After a quick puncture repair we were back on our way.
London was a slog, with traffic lights slowing our progress but we were all in good spirits as it started to warm up, turning into a beautiful day.
Pace & Pastries
Once outside of the City, we decided to make some time up so didn’t stop until the halfway point at Bramley, where we found a local bakery. Munching on warm, flakey pastries, we all took a moment to soak in the sun and enjoy the atmosphere.
Back on the road, we made good progress and got ahead of schedule. With the sun shining above us, the heat of the day was kicking in.
Passing the White Horse at Alton Barnes, we knew we were on the home straight but also, that it was a climb most of the way to Cheddar! This was the lowest point in the day, with tired bodies having now spent 12 hours in the saddle. Spirits were lifted by signs counting down the miles into Cheddar, we were getting closer to the finish line and a cold beer.
Descending through Cheddar Gorge, we all had massive grins on our face, knowing that it was a fast flat run in from here.
Ahead of Schedule
Coming into Burnham-On-Sea, with all five of us riding side-by-side and taking in our achievement, we were a full hour ahead of schedule!
We were greeted by cheers from people lining the street alongside the Town Crier and Mayor of Burnham-On-Sea. It was an emotional end to a great day, made easier by the riders in the group.
I’m pleased to have taken part and help raise a lot of money for some very worthy charities – we hope to smash our £10k target once all the monies are in. Thank you to everyone who has supported the STA team, your goodwill certainly helped on some of those steep climbs!
The STA team are raising funds for BBC Children in Need and the Timber Trades Benevolent Society. To pledge please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/stacharitybikeride2019