This ride took place last Saturday. It was wonderful to ride alongside the Embankment and past Big Ben on roads which were free of cars. Approx 50,000 people took part. There were 3 stopping off points – Tower Hill, St Paul’s and Green Park where kids could play bike polo, cycle like mad to generate enough power to make themselves a smoothie and/or lie in the sun and listen to some music.
A child dressed as a crocodile cycling to make a smoothie
For the first time Al and I got to grips with the Boris Bikes which were great until the end of the day when the booking machines began to break down – I suspect due to overuse.
I almost got a picture of Laura Trott dressed in the Wiggle Honda team strip waiting for her race, but she turned her head at the crucial moment!
A great event and perhaps shades of things to come. I hope so.
St Paul’s stop off point
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Allan completed the London Sprint Triathlon last Saturday, 750m swim in open water followed by 20K cycling and then a 5K run, in a time of 2 hours 15 mins. Beating his expected time by 15 minutes. He’s trained so hard these past few months and it’s all been worth it. He’s also raised £625 for the Compassionate Friends, thank you so much to everyone who donated. We had a wonderful day with fantastic support from family & friends.
On the podium
I can’t resist putting in this pic tho’. It’s a new product (developed recently in Crawley) – the Triathlon Transition Towel (TTT) for those people who prefer to change their shorts to suit each activity, as opposed to those who wear all purpose tri-suits!
The Triathlon Transition Towel
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My husband Allan is doing the London Sprint Triathlon on 27th July.
That’s 750m swim followed by a 20k bike ride and finishing with a 5k run. Al’s a pretty fit guy but he’s also 60 this month, so he’s been training hard for this event. This is what he says about it:
‘I’m doing the London Triathlon in memory of my son Matt and to raise funds for The Compassionate Friends.
It’s 10 years since Matt died and we miss him every day. I think he would have approved of me doing something crazy like this, so please give a donation.
Alreet son! ‘
If you’d like to donate please go to justgiving.com/allantriathlon
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Bike Week starts a week on Saturday. See http://www.bikeweek.org.uk/for details of events all over the country. I have to confess that I haven’t been on my blinking bike for ages now but I did manage a dip in the North Sea last week (wearing a wetsuit – I’m not entirely stupid) so all is not lost.
I was going to cycle from Warkworth to Howick in Northumberland today but I’ve been saved by visitors. Seriously though, it’s a lovely bike ride, skirting picturesque Alnmouth and riding alongside crashing waves on the rocky shore of Boulmer.
Howick was the home of Earl Grey (you can have a cup of his tea in the beautiful high ceilinged tea room) and his wife and 15 children. The children all survived, no mean achievement in those days, they called their parents by their christian names and had to undergo a right of passage when they got to their teens. The rite of passage comprised walking at night for one & a half miles through Howick gardens to the bathing house down by the shore. Quite scary stuff. The bathing house is another delight. Situated right on the shore with a natural bathing pool alongside, hollowed out by the sea.
You’d think I worked for the Northumberland Tourist Board but I can’t help waxing lyrical on a day like this in Warkworth when the sun is shining, the sea is the bluest of blue and there’s no wind – perfect!
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Went on a wonderful bike ride ride in Putney last Monday. We cycled down the high street to the river and turned left towards Barnes. Past the boathouses where the terrain turns from concrete to track we were plunged into the autumnal countryside. Leaves as big as dinner plates floated and fell around us while boats bobbed on the river – idyllic!
A fine rain started as we cycled past the magnificent building which used to be Harrods furniture depository – now a block of luxury flats – what else? And onto Hammersmith bridge. If you’re doing this ride cross the bridge and take a right. Follow the well marked but twisty cycle track. This leads down to the river. Turn left and head on back to Putney.
If you have time, stop at Fulham Palace. I know, a palace in Fulham – unlikely. But it’s there and to be fair it’s more like a manor house but it has a wonderful Tudor courtyard, beautifully laid out gardens and a fabulous cafe where I had a confusing conversation with a waiter who mistakenly offered me a flat mate as opposed to a flat white! Fulham Palace, it turns out was the home of the Bishops of London in years gone by. Anyone who is old enough to have seen the film, ‘A Man for all Seasons’ can visualise the bishops travelling by boat from their palace to Westminster, Hampton Court etc.
After a sojourn at Fulham Palace head back towards Putney Bridge, turn right onto the bridge and cycle back to the bottom of Putney high street. A great circular route, probably about 7-8 miles long.
I forgot to take my camera so no photos this time.