London To Brighton 2010 Lloydy was determined that we should get away as close to the official 7:30am start time as possible so that meant a bleary-eyed 5:30 meeting at Berkhamsted station, ridiculously early for a Saturday. Taking on the challenge of the 75 mile ride from Roehampton University to the Peace Statue in Brighton were old hands Lloydy, Tom and Jeremy together with LtSC virgins Simon, Stephen, Rich 4th and Brennan. Sarge provided support driving Jeremy's van.
Once registered we coasted down to start line, past all the other riders waiting politely and positioned ourselves right at the tape ready for the off. Lloydy got his wish and we were first away and were soon making good progress through Richmond Park, along the Thames, past Hampton Court then out of London and across the M25.
For the first couple of hours the going was fairly flat and fast but once we were away from London we hit the first of the big climbs but the sun was out and we were now well warmed up after the very cold start so ready for the challenge of the North Downs.
Lunch was a meeting with Sarge in Sainsbury's car park at Cranleigh, a chance to refuel and prepare for the Downs Link which is a 20 mile drag along a flat but dull track that links the North and South Downs which just seems to go on forever. At the end of the Downs Link is the big one, a long climb up to the top of the South Downs from where you can see the sea and from there it's a fast drop down to the coast at Hove and a final sprint to the finish in Brighton.
A long day was finished off in style, a couple of beers in a pub described by a local as "cheeky" (apparently this means that it's a good place) followed by some more beers in another pub and a curry washed down by a few more beers.
Thanks to everyone that sponsored us, the British Heart Foundation is a few pounds better off and despite the curry and a few beers 7 blokes are hopefully a few pounds lighter.
Simon In memory of Sarge