Well, I finished it. In just over 5 hours (5:15:35 to be exact) I completed the 100 mile course and what a fantastic experience it was.
One of the goals when I set this challenge away from my main aim of raising money for LandAid was to make people smile. I think I can safely say that was achieved. Both on the road and the supporters comments of "chapeau" and "kudos" were constant. Children watching, pointing and laughing as a man goes past in a full suit. It really did help and certainly pulled me through the last 20 miles after all the main hills were done!
I was fortunate enough to pick up one of the latest Brompton bicycles the night before, a beautiful CHPT3 collaboration between David Millar, CHPT3 and Brompton bicycles. It really did complete the look with the suit being the most fashionable cyclist on the course!
I would like to say a special thanks to Brompton Bikes, CHPT3, David Millar and LandAid for all the support they have given me in the run up to and during the event. This would not have been such a success without all of your help.
What is next some people have asked me? I am open to any ideas but maybe I will rest for the next few weeks and hopefully something will come to mind.
Thank you to everyone that has donated so far. Any donations are greatly appreciated and please click on the link below to visit my fundraising page. I am getting closer to my £2,000 target that will be enough to fund the stripping-out of a derelict house, the first step in creating a welcoming home and the provision of a fitted kitchen, where young people can learn to cook.
Onto the next one!
So my cap is doffed to the man I saw pedalling an ancient racing bike dressed in baggy tracksuit trousers and a T-shirt (he did have the necessary rider numbers), and the man racing down Embankment on a Brompton.