Peleton & Co have been ‘turbo-ed’. A huge thank you to Jamie, Paul and all the amazing staff, not least for the endless supplies of iced water - and cider (ahem) ‘recovery’ drink! Also, the other Paul, Georgina -and her staff at Spitalfelds Market were very supportive and made the whole thing possible – not least by giving us a parking space, on a weekday, in the centre of the City!
It’s not that Iain got sunburnt during the challenge. The street in front of Peleton & Co is under cover after all. But it’s a transparent ceiling which actually made the heat of the sun more intense. Despite the valiant efforts of Peleton staff with a hastily erected gazebo (the sun was in the wrong place for this to provide any shade) Iain was broiled after six hours-plus in the saddle. Limp forward one very grilled grimpeur.
It was a great day nevertheless. The Garmin – which does not lie – stated that 120 miles had been covered in 6 hours, 46 minutes and 40 seconds. It claimed an average speed of 17.7 mph. No wonder the grimpeur was wilting by the end.
A huge thank you to Bekah for the brilliant ‘Making Every Mile Count’ banner which really attracted people’s attention. It’s sobering how many of those who dropped some loose change in the bucket had been affected by blood cancer. One lad said his mum had died of lymphoma and his father was in remission from leukaemia. He then proceeded to empty every single coin out of his pockets into the tin.