The latest edition of our club secretary's blog
Well here we are, countdown has truly begun and currently sits at 15 days to go.
I have just had the final Itinerary through from the organisers and seems that on the morning of the 6th June we have a pre-ride briefing at 6-45am would you believe, with a start time out of Brisbane Road at 7-15am.
Estimations are that we will be taking lunch at The Bull in Great Totham at around 12.30pm - don’t know how far the Bull is away from London but it seems like an awfully long time to go without a 3 course meal!
The Mighty Colchester United Stadium is then reached at around 3pm…( arrival at kick off time appears appropriate for a football club but I guess times ultimately dependant on the refreshments taken in Great Totham earlier) then estimated arrival time in Harwich and the Mayflower restaurant for the evening meal is around 6pm.
I am imagining that a suitably qualified masseur and oceans of oxygen will also be available around this time to cater for those who by then would probably be wishing they had completed the journey by train.
With the skill of “Riding on Water” having not been catered for in the training regime the overnight ferry for Holland leaves at 9-30pm with arrival at about 7am the following morning.
Once awake we leave the port and hit the road again at 7-30am. We then journey up through Holland via the coast, the dunes and many cyclepaths, all we are lead to believe accompanied by a constant wind off the sea - arriving at De Nachtegaal for lunch at 1pm.
The finish line is then only 4 hours away as we enter the sprint phase crossing the line at The Ajax Stadium Amsterdam at 5pm.
We are all guaranteed at this point that masses of masseurs, stacks of sugar, packets of pasta and oodles of noodles will be freely available to ensure we all recover in time for the Celebration Gala Dinner arranged for later that evening at the NH Musica Hotel.
I’m almost tired writing this lot out never mind pushing the pedals to get there!
However, with any luck, and a following wind as opposed to one directly in ones face, all will go brilliantly and the whole experience will be one worth ‘Dining out on’ for some time to come….
Naturally through the inevitable pain the topmost thought will be the “Cause” and the vital research we are all helping to fund for Prostate Cancer UK.