You may have seen on our social media pages, or heard us talking about it, but our dentist, Simon Warburton, recently undertook an amazing 24-hour bike ride to raise money for the Breast Cancer Care charity. We thought this amazing feat was well worth a blog, so it’s over to Simon to tell us all about it in his own words…
“I’ve always wondered how far I could cycle in a full 24 hr day…….so why not get on my bike to find out and raise some money for charity aswell.
So it was all set up with the time booked off work on Friday 21st July, finishing on the Saturday so I could recover over the rest of the weekend.
I set off at 10.45am in the rain but that stopped after an hour. Then a spoke broke in my back wheel! Drat! It put a bit of a wobble in it but I eased off the back brake so it didn’t rub and “the wiggle” wasn’t too irritating.
I travelled a loop via Oulton Park, Kelsal ridge, Delamere, Acton Bridge, Arley Hall and Tatton Flower Show back to Knutsford to have a birthday tea break with my nephew Josh who was 10 that day. Then I popped home to rendez-vous with my sister who was dropping her car off to leave at our house to go to the airport.
So after 2 hours of rest I got back on the bike refreshed.
Jodrell Bank, Goostrey, Great Budworth…… then the wind got up and the heavens opened!
Soaking wet and getting cold I put all my layers on in a bus shelter before Delamere.
Into the dark the rain kept on pouring down and the wind was’ blowing a hooley’.
I pulled in to a petrol station just before Chester for a hot chocolate and chatted with a couple who had pushed their scooter in and were waiting for the RAC to come and sort their water damaged electrics.
Chester, Wrexham…. and then about 5 miles before Whitchurch I did have a hairy moment at about 2am when the battery in my light failed, leaving me riding in complete darkness (my back-up light had got water in it and I couldn’t get it to work). I reached the street lights in Whitchurch and luckily was saved by a 24-hour McDonalds where I waited for some daylight, finally riding off at 3.30am into a very misty morning and a beautiful sunrise.
The sun soon warmed me up as I meandered around the countryside surrounding Wrenbury and Nantwich. Then I caught a tailwind back up to the Knutsford area.
My back was hurting so I found a nice mile of very flat new tarmac between Allostock and Lach Dennis to cycle up and down on to get the miles in.
I got a text from Janice our receptionist to say she’d have a mug of tea waiting for me outside the practice on my return at 10.45 am.
With a final push I managed to hit 201.5 miles in the 24hrs recorded on my cycle computer.
I have to say, the cup of tea was one of the best I’ve ever had!”
Go to https://www.relive.cc/view/1095519660 to see the route.
It’s 2 months now and I’ve just about recovered….