Sunday gone and I finally got round to completing an event on my calendar! it’s only taken 7 months! The British Heart Foundation Dorset bike ride.
This even is, obviously, a charity event for the British Heart Foundation. Its held annually at Queen Elizabeth School in Pamphill, Wimborne, Dorset. On the day there were three distances to choose from 66,50, and 25 miles taking in a nice chunk of north of the county. Whilst you could register online in advance Chris and I had only decided to take part the Friday night beforehand so, with Chris’ ankle issue and me having a bit of a stomach upset, we decided to go for the 50 miler. The idea with registering in advance is that you can spend time raising sponsorship money.
Heading out from the start and within the first half mile we had a little surprise, a gravel section! With trepidation we headed up it, fearing I may shred my £50 a shot Specialized Turbo Cotton tyres, but pressed on and got it done (although Chris did lose half a bottle cage and had to catch his bottle with his feet). Back on tarmac the route was nice and scenic taking in some of Dorsets prettiest villages, Cranborne, Wimborne St. Giles, Gussage All Saints, and the Tarrants. There were also a few tasty little climbs along the way.
We rolled in about three and a quarter hours later, after a little stop half way in Wimborne St. Giles, a little tired seeing as our levels of fitness weren’t where we want them to be! But we enjoyed the ride, Dorset has some great views and some great roads for cycling. Overall I felt the event was very good, the atmosphere felt relaxed but well organised, there was a good mix of riders and everyone behaved well on the roads. The other great thing about the event was the charity aspect, my entry money went towards a good cause. This I feel is the big problem with other sportive events and cycle event companies, they are all about the hard sell and most people end up spending a huge amount of money to ride the roads in their back garden and get half a banana free. Why make someone rich for nothing when you could donate? Would I ride this event again? yes i would, its a good course and a good cause!