Just a short note to keep you all in the loop. The weekend was meant to herald a fairly leisurely ride to shakedown the bike after the repairs last week, and the chance to try out our kit which arrived recently. Our lightweight tandem was due in the shop on Friday to have a new chainring (big cog at the front) fitted after the problems last weekend but unfortunately the supplier had sent the wrong part and it only turned up on Friday so there was no chance to sort things out before the weekend. We are now waiting to see how quickly the correct part can be sourced, supplied and fitted, and desperately hoping that it will be fixed before next weekend so that we can go out and give it a good shakedown before departure day !
As for the kit – very smart it looks. I tried out the jersey, bib-shorts and rain jacket on Saturday – and the rain jacket definitely works – it poured with rain for the whole ride ! We knocked off 30 miles on Sat with the social group at the club – 14 riders including 7 ladies which was incredible given the very poor weather (I should add very rapidly before you accuse me of being sexist - regardless of the weather Tessa is often the only lady riding on Sat mornings). When we saw the sunshine on Sunday we could not resist another 40 mile ride – again wearing our L2P jerseys. At Stowe café (National Trust) we were enjoying a late lunch – our L2P jerseys gathering quite a lot of attention even from the staff behind the counter – when we fell into conversation with another couple of cyclists. What fun – in addition to being keen cyclists it turned out that they were involved with the schools music programme in Milton Keynes of which both Tessa and I had been a part in distant years past, so we could catch up on the latest news. As they left they kindly made a donation – it is great what a striking jersey and common connections can do !
With the last few days ahead of us we are left to organise the logistics – clothes, bike kit, travel to and from London etc – as the tension, expectation and excitement mount. Can’t wait for departure – just hope it’s on the nice bike!