The price of petrol and the eternal quest to keep fit and healthy has spurred me on to cycle to work to save pennies and give J-Lo a run for her money in the pert derrière stakes (only one of these has been achieved, which may be due to the fact that I am very much a fair weather cyclist!).
So, with my new found love of the two wheeled self powered machine and all round competitiveness (I can’t turn down a challenge/fundraiser) I jumped at the chance when Beacon Purchasing asked us to get involved in Hospitality Action’s Cyclathon.
Armed with a lot of enthusiasm and some very willing (surprisingly) volunteers from Best Western and Beacon Purchasing we planned out a 50.8 mile route between 4 Best Western hotels, which we were assured was completely flat – there are no hills in Yorkshire apparently!!!
On the day we bundled up the puncture repair kits, flapjacks and gallons of water to see us through the journey and set off from the BEST WESTERN Monkbar Hotel. The weather was on our side and we soon found ourselves hitting our first stop at the BEST WESTERN Cedar Court Hotel for a quick photo and water re-fills feeling very smug with ourselves for completing the 23 miles in no time.
After a rather large hill on the way into our lunch stop at BEST WESTERN Dower House Hotel and another easy stretch to the BEST WESTERN Crown Hotel in Boroughbridge we were looking forward to the flat stretch back to the office.
Half way through the flat stretch to the office, we realised that this was all one big lie with the terrain more akin to teletubbie land, but with our experienced yellow jersey wearer Drew we were soon welcomed to the world of formation cycling – check us out!
We made it back to Best Western Central Office to be welcomed by a cheering crowd and the news that we had managed to raise over £800!
Next year I think we need to be slightly more ambitious and aim for the Tour de France, but I am not sure who will be with me on that one – there are definitely hills in France