So at the back end of July, my work chums and I did a charity cycle ride from North London to Cambridge. According to our page on Just Giving we gathered over £1300 quid in sponsorship, which I reckon is pretty good going. Yay. Go us.
I can't really pretend I enjoyed the ride itself overly much, at least not the first part. The route itself was pleasant enough and, as you'd expect, not particularly bumpy. It was fully guided, so every junction had not only a sign pointing the way but also a marshall in a yellow top pointing the way too. Apart from the very start getting out of London and the last section coming in Cambridge, there was next to no vehicle traffic. What there was, though, and what spoiled it for me was the bleeding cyclists all over the place. We had to wear numbers, and if they can be believed there were 3000+ on the ride. Parts of route, particularly near the start, were actively dangerous due to the number of really bad cyclists cluttering up the place. Lots of those people riding clearly didn't go near a bike from one year to the next, unable to hold a straight line, maneouvering without looking, slowing abruptly, and so on. Not that the stupidity was confined to the inexperienced - there were few club cyclists who really should have known better too. Anyway, I can't speak for the others, but I found it difficult to relax and just ride, which was a shame.
We did the ride in about 4 hours (3½ hours moving) which was pretty fair, and then went to the pub for lunch. That was super.
There are mutterings about doing another charity ride from Oxford to Cambridge in October. Hopefully the chillier weather and longer distance will keep the field down.