A crew of five of us from Bike Co-op head office in outer Edinburgh, were up before dawn on Sunday to make our way to Seahouses for the start of Northumberland’s biggest charity ride – the 57 mile GNBR (Great North Bike Ride). We were soon in the good company of 2,000+ more riders, including our customer Ali who had come all the way from Buckie to do the ride with us in aid of the Chris Lucas Trust to raise funds towards a cure for childhood cancers.
The fact that the sun shone bright, the wind was mostly light and it never rained all day made it an especially pleasant ride. The mostly coastal route to Tynemouth looked more lovely than ever. The bright outlook and superb visibility was especially appreciated by riders who cycled last year’s GNBR through banks of fog (off the Tyne?) and barely caught a glimpse of the sea.
The amazing husband and wife team that share the same first and last names – Lynn and Lynn Lucas – organised the ride as superbly as ever. The marshalling kept us on the route in a cheerful non-intrusive way. The water, banana and Caramel Wafer stops (courtesy of Tunnocks) were frequent and welcome. The massage at the finish was, as always, hugely appreciated. Every rider was given a good quality, genuine GNBR cycling jersey (with back pockets and all) at the end. To underline the vibe that every rider was a winner, the jersey was yellow and everyone was presented with a medal. And yet the entry fee is still only £25. We don’t know how Lynn and Lynn do it, but one thing we are sure off. We are proud to support such a sound event by providing two back-up hire vehicles: each one manfully manned by a nimble Newcastle mechanic: Karl Hewitt in one vehicle, Gareth Eccles with his partner Louise in the other.
The Great North Bike Ride is staged every year on August Bank Holiday Sunday. See you on 30 August 2015.
If you can’t wait that long for a memorable ride in Northumberland, we’ll be riding and supporting the Wooler Wheel 100 / 50km sportive in just over a month – Saturday 4 October 2014.
Gareth Eccles at last Wooler Wheel.
Gareth’s son, Dan, aged 15 and veteran of 5 successive GNBRs, set the pace for us all the way to Tynemouth.
Photographer Doug’s selfie. Graphic designer Gary and online manager Derek follow.
You’ll be happy to learn that even Bike Co-op guys get punctures.
That can’t be Ged off the back, can it?
‘How was the ride, Gary?’
‘A piece of cake – thanks to Louise who presented us with one at the finish in Tynemouth.’