July 3, 2017 at 10:14 AM
After some good weather for a couple of weeks, all eyes turned to the forecasts for C2C2C day. The weather had turned but would we be lucky, would we avoid the rain and wind.
With 24 hours to go it looked promising with heavy rain forecast the day before but not on the day. So it was a shock to the system, although we should have known, to wake up to the sound of tiny rain drops hitting the window!
“It’s ok it will clear up for 7AM”.
Oh no, it wouldn’t. In fact it rained/ drizzled all day. “The conditions were terrible, wet, misty and cold” recalled team Nicholsons rider Richard Hallsworth who was riding the event for the fourth time.
Setting off at 7:45AM the team were damp but in good spirits. “We’d trained really hard for the event this year and when we set off we weren’t going to let a little drizzle dampen our spirits” said Julie Newbury who was riding C2C2C for the first time.
As the team, accompanied this year by family and clients, wound through the beautiful Lincolnshire countryside it became obvious that it was going to be a long day. A mixture of rain, standing water, road resurfacing and general debris from the verge meant that there were a huge number of punctures as Jim Carratt, riding his second event explained “Every few miles you would see little groups at the side of the road fitting new inner tubes. We were lucky to only get 2 between the six of us”
This year the team were supported by Dani and Vicki who followed the team and were able to help other teams who had puncture troubles! “It was brutal out there.” commented Dani. She added “We were pleased to be in the car but happy we could offer help as we saw people in trouble”.
For the fourth year Nicholsons sponsored the feed station. Known now as Mrs Hemingby, Steph Smith was again in charge of the operations. “It’s usually a great day in the sun but this year was different. There were some really tired legs out there but the atmosphere was brilliant. Everybody accepted that you can’t arrange the weather and just got on with it.
I have seen cleaner mountain bikers though!”
All of the team finished safely and whilst they were tired, dirty and cold deep down they had, had a great day.
“This is one of the best cycle sportive rides in Lincolnshire. It’s exceptionally well organised and supported by Lincolnshire’s business community who ride in large teams to raise funds for charity” commented Richard “We look forward to this event every year and are proud to support it”.