Happy Wet Friday 24/07/15
Here we go again!
Events still coming in!
Marky C has been a great supporter since our inception and now young Mark ( 11 ) and Chelsea ( 12 ) are taking on an event for the first time!
Mark & Chelsea have entered their first ever Triathlon which takes place in the stunning grounds of Hever Castle, end of Sep, with an open water swim in the lake!!
Brilliant to have you on board Mark & Chelsea and very best of luck with your first Tri
David Turner of the Wadhurst Posse ( not to be confused with the Welsh Posse!!! ) has very generously offered 4 tickets to England v Ireland at Twickenham on Sat 5th Sep. This will be England’s last warm up game before the World Cup. This will also be the perfect warm up to get your drinking tolerance up ahead of Big Kev’s Waterloo ride!!
Please email me your bids and I will advise highest bids as we go in our regular updates and announce the lucky winner on update of 28th Aug!!!
Really kind of you David-huge thanks
O2e Team L’Etape absolutely smashed it!!!!!
An incredible day with 15,000 cyclists lined up at the start line in Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne with the forecast of a crazy hot, 138k, brutal mountain stage of the Tour de France 2015 ahead.
When the tour was announced this stage was billed as the tour decider and toughest stage of the 21 stages.
The forecast did not disappoint as the mountain climb accents totalled just about half the full race distance ( made the descents on closed roads an absolutely exhilarating experience ). What the forecast did not expect was the weather, with temperatures that are just not really seen of 40 degrees!!!
The climbs and the heat took its toll on everyone as riders literally fell by the wayside and the threat of ‘ Mr Broom ‘ ready to sweep up any rider not making various checkpoint times.
15,0000 started and less than 10,000 finished which is a huge fallout!!!
14 O2e riders started and 14 O2e riders finished which is more than Extraordinary!!!!!!!
The teamwork, determination and sheer mental strength helped our team push themselves further than some had ever pushed before.
Was a privilege to be part of the L’Etape 14 ( really sorry for Lee (gastro) & Jonesy (injury) who couldn’t make the trip ).
Siobhan, Chris, Joe, H, Foxla, Johnny, Ian, Shergar, Ben, Ronn, Slatts, Timbo, Sponge & Skelly have lifetime memories and friendships forged and together with their fundraising is exactly why O2e was formed nearly 10 years ago!!
Massive congratulations Team-comfort zone destroyed!
Best of luck to Finn who will be taking to the skies of Gloucestershire and trying to keep his breakfast down during his wing walking challenge!!
To end on a really sad note, Victoria’s dad, Howard Ruffle, recently passed away. Howard was a lifelong member of Beckenham Rugby Club and certainly looked out and after many of us from our early teenage years there. Victoria is a member of Beckenham Rugby Cyclists and said with Howard’s love of Beckenham and sport it seemed fitting to raise funds for O2e in his memory. For anyone who knew Howard, instead of flowers Victoria has set up a Just Giving page www.justgiving.com/
Hugely thoughtful Victoria and R.I.P. Howard
Many thanks all