A huge huge WELL DONE and GOOD PERSEVERENCE to everyone who completed the very tricky and often awkward conditions for the 35 miles Pier To Pier last Saturday 🙂
Starting at Brighton Pier, a relatively late start of 07:30am ( for BTRS that’s late!) mountain biking North and mostly uphill for 4 miles, to reach Ditchling Beacon, where the South Downs Way to Eastbourne was the road to freedom 🙂
Jody East, Chris Agnew, Steve MacMenamin, Jean Fish, Amy Jordan, Tess Agnew, Simon Barton, Paul Wilman, Anita Ashgar, Colin Horn, Fabrice Cesaro, Rachel Brunning, Keith Jackson, Sally Killick, I hope you will look back on the day with a smile, as I do 🙂
The cross country ride was designed to take around 4 to 5 hours, with SAG stops, but eventually saw everyone across the finish line at Eastbourne Pier around 9 hours after starting. With weekends being obviously precious for family time, I’m very conscious that partners and family members were waiting, and that plans may have been missed ! I take full responsibility for this time lapse ! Some of the riders, in particular Paul Wilman, Steve MacMenamin, and Colin Horn, took a custodial role, patiently looking after less experienced mountain bikers throughout the day, and I can only say a HUGE THANKYOU !
Challenging conditions, greasy, muddy, misty, hilly, we’re all but obliterated by comaraderie, hard work, hot coffee, and a true cycling bond. THANKYOU each and every athlete, for bringing your own special something to the Pier-to-Pier Peleton.
I hope you all enjoyed the day ( I will improve any loose ends for the next one, including overall timing ) I look forward to the next one, where perhaps the SAG stops will offer a more interesting beverage at each checkpoint 🙂
best, as always