Bicycles old,new, begged, borrowed, high spirits and good humour were in plentiful supply as cyclists and support teams came under starter’s orders. But not before Joe welcomed the regular stalwarts and those making their first appearance, including visitors from the ‘Going Global’ group who are recently returned from witnessing the reality of life for children living in the violence of the favelas.
With five laps to complete, personal bests to beat, and new records to set the experienced legs flew round in record time. No less heroic were those less practised and new to marathon cycling who displayed great valour and determination on a route not without its challenges. The support teams came into their own supplying refreshments, advice, copious amounts of cheering and encouragement. We even had our very own Bradley Wiggins look alike, see if you can spot him below.
I was touched and moved by all the participants who cycled, supported and sponsored the event and created a wonderful atmosphere. The monies we raise is vital funding for the children and their families living in the harsh conditions of the urban slums of Rio. Joe Howson