Well we got away with it again… no serious rain all day. We had a huge pile of towels ready to dry off soaked cyclists.. the weather forecast was torrential rain….Wrong thankfully.
The organisors very sensibly staggered the start, letting cyclists in all categories start as they arrived at Lake meadows in Billericay, so some left as early as 8.30, and arrived here earlier than usual.. the urn had only just boiled in the teashop.
The morning passed off uneventfully and steadily, no first aid needed, just lots of drinks ,cakes, chocolate and scones served, and it was all over for us just after noon, when the Marshall at the pond came in for a cuppa and said he thought they had all gone through. ABOUT HALF AN HOUR LATER A FAMILY WITH TWO YOUNG CHILDREN ARRIVED TIRED BUT CHEERFUL, ,and went on their way refreshed, rested and determined to do the whole 40 miles.
THEN SUDDENLY WHEN WE REALLY THOUGHT NOTHING ELSE WOULD HAPPEN , A GROUP OF VERY LOST , AND SOMEWHAT DISGRUNTLED CYCLISTS TURNED UP WITHOUT THEIR ROUTE INSTRUCTIONS!!!
We soon cheered them up ,fed them,and gave them teas, and I downloaded the route instructions from the Essex Roads website, in our little Internet cafe . Another of our regular cyclists insisted on giving me a fiver towards their teas… THANKS MARTIN>>>I think they had thought that food and drink would be provided as part of the Orchid Cycle package . Hope they got back safely and in time to be checked in!!!! ……………Well done to all the riders in the 20, 40, 75, and 100 mile rides. I hope you made lots of money for what is a very worthwhile cause , enjoyed your day and will do it all again next year. Look in the Essex Roads cc, or Orchid cancer web sites for updates Judi