Firstly, many many thanks to those who donated to The STV Appeal for our Pedal for Scotland event yesterday. So far we’ve raised a wonderful £486. So thank you!
On to the event itself. Apart from two little incidents where two members of the team overshot the lunch-station by a mere 8 miles, and one of the team leaving his prized medal at Murrayfield, Team Denovo came through the event relativity unscathed!
We started our journey at 10.30 in rude health, and by 4.30 we’d finished. Still in rude health, and in need of a shower, a coffee, and some sarnies.
The first stop off point came at the 9 mile marker at Drumpellier Park, and Team Denovo stopped for a bit of Freshnlo milk. It was at this point that two (unnamed) members of the team were called out by the resident DJ dancing to Gangam Style.
Moving swiftly on…
The next official stop off point would be at Avonbridge, which at 24 miles, ended 21 miles of grueling continual upward climb.
Almost from the off at Avonbridge we were met with our next, and arguably hardest, challenge of the day by navigating a 164m climb over a mile. A steep and sharp climb with a belly full of Freshnlo milk is not advised.
This particular stage took out two of our team (heavy bikes and steep climbs do not gel well) and they soldiered on while the rest of the team pulled ahead.
Our next stop would be a welcome lunch at Linlithgow, 7 miles later.
This marked the calamitous part of our day when three of the team, pulling ahead, turned into the lunch-station at Linlithgow as arranged, only to discover (more than 40 minutes later) that two of the team somehow bizarrely missed the turnoff and had continued on to the next feed-station at Kirkliston! This station is 8 miles beyond Linlithgow, so the two eejit team members managed a 15 mile stage before being fed.
On a positive note, the two lost souls managed to get their fill of Scotmid snowballs before heading on, unlike those who bagged a proper lunch and were to find the feed-station sans snowballs in the end.
After Kirkliston it was a relatively easy 9 miles to the finish where were gained our medals, our “well done!”s and headed off for a much needed shower, change, and coffee avec sarnies.
It was at this point that one of Team Denovo seemed to have mislaid his medal, one of the previously mentioned lost souls too – didn’t he have a good day!
At this point our two other erstwhile soldiers crossed the line to much fan fare. Yay!
So there you have it, Team Denovo pedals for Scotland, has a tale (or three) to tell, comes through reasonably unaffected, and raises £486 for a good charity. Again, thank you!
So… who’s up for the 110 mile Sportive Challenge??
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