Spirits were high at the start of day 1 of the Rae Rae Trust charity bike ride even though it was to prove a very tough and challenging day for the bike riders. The weather conditions were not favourable and it was hot and humid throughout the entire day.
The first day of the ride was virtually all on canal tow path and took the lads from the start at Rachaels house in Milton Keynes to the centre of Birmingham covevering over 81 miles. Along the way the riders went past and through many towns including Lemington Spa, Rugby, Solihull and Birmingham.
In total they spent over 9 hours in the saddle with a lot of the canal path overgrown grass tracks this challenging day really was taking it’s toll. The heat was relentless along the route and the occasional shower just added to the humidity and made some of the canal path slippery to add yet another hazzard. Meeting the support vehicle approximately every 2o miles really was a welcome relief where essential bike maintenance, replenishment of drinks and another milestone nearer to the finish of the stage.
The riders made it to the end of the day around 19:00pm to the welcome oasis of the Ibis Hotel. Just enough time to have a freshen up, head out for a well deserved meal and get to bed ready for day 2 of the challenge (Birmingham to Newark).
Below you can see just a few of the sights taken in along the way of the ride. More pictures will be added after the event. Bring on Day 2, Birmingham to Newark!