On Sunday, a group of the Turvec team took part in the annual London to Brighton cycle ride.
Over 55 miles of warm sunshine, we joined thousands of other cyclists on the (partly!) closed roads from Clapham common through to the Brighton seafront.
We all made it safely and had a great time along the way. Even going up Ditchling Beacon!
But firstly, we owe our thanks to Kingston Hospital Charity whose wonderful support made the whole event possible for us. We can proudly say we raised over £2000 (and counting!) for their amazing cause.
Kingston Hospital Charity are one of many wonderful NHS charities who work tirelessly to improve patient care at your local hospital.
There is still plenty of time to donate – if you are able to, please follow this link!
Image credit: At the finish line on Brighton Seafront, proudly displaying the medal haul
The Story Of The Day
So, on to the story of our ride.
George, Frank, Tito, Toby, and Jon rolled out of Clapham Common at 10AM in good spirits, albeit slightly apprehensive about what was to follow. We had bananas, Snickers, Jelly Babies, and Nature Valley bars (not sponsored), but very little in the way of race fitness.
Led by our strongest cyclist in Frank, who helped replace pedals, check on wobbly wheels, photograph our progress, and – amazingly – fill the entire team’s water bottles all at once, we were soon rapidly approaching the daunting Ditchling Beacon.
Along the way there were plenty of smiles and laughs on the downhill, with a few grimaces on the uphill. The climb up to the Beacon was a tough one, but I can proudly say we all made it up without putting a foot down.
From there, just a swift downhill to Brighton was all that remained before a well deserved pint.Thanks again to Kingston Hospital Charity. Donate here!
Image credit: An insight in to the pain of cycling up Ditchling Beacon
Image credit: The team at the summit
Image credit: On the beach!