Champions of the City Cycle 300 Challenge jubilant homecoming!
The brave cyclists, who took on the challenge to cycle a 300-mile route in three consecutive days to raise £20,000 for Naomi House and Jacksplace, reached their final destination of Serocor's head office at 4.30pm on Friday 12th June.
The cyclists started at Serocor's head office in Havant and cycled a route that took in our two other southern offices (London and Bournemouth). They spent hours in the saddle and put in a punishing 100 miles a day with a support team of five. The final mileage racked up was 345 with 10,522 feet of elevation and 13,883 calories burnt. But with the final flapjack consumed, the last energy bar eaten and the last blob of chamois cream applied, the epic journey had come to an end.
Day three began early and team Hare arrived in Lyndhurst just before 9am after a brief pit stop they set off for Bournemouth. Once again the pace was strong, despite the previous 240 miles and 25 hours from the previous two days, and they managed to dodge the thundery showers that had been all over the forecast. They arrived in Bournemouth at 10.30am to a warm reception with an embroidered banner thanks to Anna-Marie and a dozen Krispy Kreme doughnuts!
Despite a slight mishap when one of the riders dropped his front wheel into a grate and promptly went over the handlebars, buckling the wheel significantly, the team made it to Southampton at a very steady pace having time in hand for their arrival in Havant.
Both teams lined up in convoy for the last stint on the journey into Havant. Friends, family and staff turned out to welcome the intrepid cyclists home and emotions were running high on all sides. What a fantastic voyage and full of moments both teams will cherish forever.
So it’s over to the amazing team members to close the event with a few insights into the experience:
"The total experience was nothing short of amazing and I feel a little lost without the prospect of such an event to look forward to. The day three ride was a real highlight, the camaraderie and great team spirit made it for me, the support team were fantastic, and we couldn’t have done it without you. Finally the welcoming at Bloc and the reception at LTP were nothing short of emotional. All in all, memories that will last a lifetime!"
"What an amazing few days. After seeing Naomi House before we went it really made me realise what a good cause we are helping. The pain we all went through over the 300+ miles really is worth it. Roll on next year?"
"I feel honoured to have been part of the support team that helped the cyclists through this amazing challenge – a very emotional experience!"
"A wonderful and challenging ride with some like-minded and adventurous people full of fun and laughter all for a great children’s cause. Can we use some maps next time?"
A huge thank you to everyone who donated!