As if it wasn’t already amazing that the Tour De France was blasting through the Yorkshire dales creating a buzzing atmosphere for cycling around Britain and the World! We was approached by Le Coq Sportif to put on a ride celebrate the Tour coming to UK and London! The plan was to invite cyclists to celebrate the Tour by riding our own mini stage around the Kent countryside on Sunday, 6th of July, starting at the Le Coq Sportif store in Covent Garden and ending there just in time to grab a beer and watch the end of Stage 2, which was being held in Yorkshire.
We received great interest and had just over 20 people signed up and ready to go. We met at the Covent Garden store where we had a suprise welcome of warm coffee and cakes perfectly set up my Look Mum No Hands, it was brilliant timing as it was the greatest british weather for summer… RAIN!
We set of at 9 sharp adorning our rain jackets with the optimism that it might get sunny! We headed out over Waterloo and towards Camberwell up and through Bromley and then into the Kent countryside. I would like to say it went smoothly but travelling in a group of 20 through the streets of London with endless red lights was not an easy task. With the rain came 5 punctures in the first 20 miles!
Once we were out in the countryside the ride went really well, riders got to tackle a few of Kent’s finest climbs and a chance to try and beat me up hill . The route was a mix of hills and sweeping country lanes which would cover just over 100 kilometres.
The ride took about 4 hours which wasn’t too bad with a few stops and one very unfriendly pub owner who would not fill peoples water bottles up without purchases!
We had a nice coffee stop just before a mass TT to get back to the store in time for the Stage finish. Everyone got back safely and really enjoyed there ride, everyone stayed around to watch the TDF stage 2 finish with a lovely craft beer in hand!
I would like to thank everyone who came down, my fellow team mates George and Pascale for doing a great job helping out with the group. High Five! Also Dean “the traffic stopper Hill” for a great job he did at the back of the group.
And last but not least I would like to thank Le Coq Sportif for supplying us with awesome kit, for putting on a great ride and letting us watch the Tour at a great shop! Also thanks to Look Mum No Hands for the coffee and cakes.