As AgeUK West Sussex’s HQ is located above our bike shop, we’ve got to know a number of their hard working staff and discovered more about the wonderful work this charity does for older people.
In March 2018, the head of development and marketing for AgeUK asked us if we would ride the VeloSouth 100 Mile Cycle Ride as part of their fundraising team.
Despite some initial reluctance, as we both hate riding in organised cycling events…. we agreed to take part in the ride, which was due to take place in the later part of September 2018 and raising funds for this worthwhile charity.
All went well and we managed to recruit another rider, a longstanding customer of our shop, Colin who agreed to join our small, but now very enthusiastic team. Colin, who is in his 70’s, is a remarkable cyclist, having previously ridden some serious distance cycling including the Camino de Santiago (800 kms Pilgrims route).
We were all ready for the VeloSouth 100 mile cycle ride and even got our bright colourful jerseys from our friends at AgeUK West Sussex, when 3 days prior to the event taking place it was cancelled owing to severe weather warnings.
As the West Sussex VeloSouth was cancelled…
We decided to organise our own 100 mile cycle ride. After all, we’d spend a fair amount of our spare time training for the VeloSouth 100 cycle mile challenge, and reached our fundraising target of £400 per rider, which was set by AgeUK West Sussex. We felt it would be a shame if we had to return the money we’d raised (over a £1,000) although those who sponsored us seemed to be happy to leave their donation with the charity regardless of the ride being cancelled, which was most generous of them.
100 Miles from Littlehampton to Pevensey Bay.
On 21st October 2018, the three of us rode from Littlehampton in West Sussex to Pevensey Bay in East Sussex – a grand total of 110 miles round trip. Our route took us along the South Coast through the seaside towns of Worthing and Shoreham and onto the city of Brighton. From here we rode up and over the hills, on to Newhaven from where the real climbing began with the challenges of the Seven Sisters finally dropping into Eastbourne and along to Pevensey Bay where we enjoyed a picnic lunch before returning back the same route to Littlehampton. A grand total of 110 miles all achieved in less than 10 hours riding time. Not bad for a trio of veteran cyclists with a combined age of 176 years!
And all this on Colin’s 72nd Birthday!
What made the ride all the more special was Sunday 21st October 2018 was Colin’s 72nd birthday.
AgeUK’s moto is to “Love Later Life” and this is something that Colin lives and breathes. Whether it’s early mornings (no later than 6am) out on his bicycle tearing over the South Downs or enjoying riding his motorbike or heading off in his motorhome with lovely wife, Peggy – Colin loves life and lives it to the full. When riding through Worthing on the morning of our ride, it was Colin who took the time to say hello to a number of homeless people living on benches on what was a very cold morning. ‘Could happen to any of us, ‘Colin said as we made our way out of Worthing with the amazing sea views that only a cyclist or walker gets as you head towards Shoreham.
A big thanks to all our generous sponsors.
Thank you so much to all who generously donated to our fundraising page. Your money will go towards providing much needed support, help and friendship to many of our wonderful older people thanks to AgeUK’s fantastic work.
Paul, Brian and Colin.