The final day of the charity bike ride was a road stage taking the riders from Newark in Nottinghamshire to the final destination at Mablethorpe. The usual start time of 8:00am was slightly delayed due to some technical issues with one of the bikes, but the riders set off shortly after ready for the stage and looking forward to the challenge ahead.
The last stage all on road took the riders from the fens and lowlands of Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire across the undulating Lincolnshire Wolds and then back down the other side to the coast. After the initial problems of the day it was apparent that this stage was not going to be as straightforward as it might of seemed. Literally 400 meters down the road another technical issue with a tyre blow out meant an emergency visit to the local Halfords for a replacement tyre.
The decision was made for the support vehicle to follow us for the rest of the stage and some more punctures and technical issues meant this was a very wise decision.
All the riders would like to say a massive thank you to Anthony our support driver for assisting us throughout the 3 days. He did a fantastic job for us and without him we really would not have been able to complete the challenge.
Time needed to be made up after the initial problems so the team put in a big effort to increase the speed along the morning stage to the first meeting point to gain back some of the lost time. The Wolds were in fact more hilly than had been imagined and the last two days of effort made it pretty tough. In total there was over 1800 feet of climb across the Wolds and the legs were beginning to feel the pain with all the riders.
The weather in the afternoon took a considerable turn for the worse with the morning sunshine and dry weather replaced with windy and very wet conditions. With these conditions it meant the last 30 miles of the ride really were just a big push for the finish line with very little to see other than low cloud, driving rain and the spray from the road.
However the weather would not dampen the riders spirits and no matter how bad it felt there was always the thought in the back of the minds the finish line was not too far away. With all the technical issues we finally pulled into the Mablethorpe around 17:45pm and finished the last few hundred metres with family and friends cheering us in. It really was a fantastic moment to feel the support as we finished the challenge and finally stepped off the bikes for the final time.
Over the course of the bike ride we covered just under 250 miles across various terrains from the grassy paths of the canals to the tarmac of the Lincolnshire Roads. We had four seasons of the great British weather from hot sun to the cold driving rain. Above all we enjoyed the challenge and look back at it with fond memories. All throughout this the riders supported each other through the tougher times so we could all make it to the finish line, and this symbolises what the Rae Rae Trust is about.
This is a small sacrifice we have made in terms of time and effort compared to what children like Rachael are going through and the effect on their siblings and families. We are humbled that so many of you supported us in raising funds for the Rae Rae Trust so they can help other children and their families that are facing a much larger challenge than we did.
Once again we would like to thank each and everyone of you that donated to the challenge, supported us throughout the ride and helped us to raise money for the trust.
Challenge Completed on Monday August 24th at 17:45pm
More Pictures of the Final Day
Below you can see some more pictures from the final day’s ride.