14 June 2013, 12:15pm
The Bath Rugby Foundation team cycling the length of the country on the Deloitte Ride Across Britain have just three days of riding left before they reach Land's End on Sunday. They'll finish today in Wincanton, although, as David Trick told us last night, today's ride may well be one of the hardest of the lot.
"BIG day tomorrow - 120 miles of cycling and over 8000 feet of ascent!
"Believe me when I say that no-one fully understood the true extent of what we have taken on with this ride. The bags under everyone's eyes would most definitely be charged as excess by several well-known budget airlines! Words cannot convey the difficulty of this incredible challenge.
"Today we cycled through three hours of almost torrential rain. At Pit Stop Two (75 miles) I was shaking like a leaf I was so cold. The only way to warm up was to put my exceptionally sore backside back on the saddle and pedal. Energy levels are extremely low but hope and optimism remain high.
"Please make the effort to donate whatever you can to the Foundation. I'm so unbelievably proud of all the cyclists riding to benefit the charity.
"Yours, battered but not beaten (yet), Tricky."
The only thing getting many of our cyclists through is the thought of the money they are raising and the good work it will help the Bath Rugby Foundation do within the local community.
Deloitte Ride Across Britain:
The Deloitte Ride Across Britain sees over 700 riders take on the legendary 'End to End' each year.
The route is as follows:
Day One: John O'Groats to Kyle of Sutherland
Day Two: Kyle of Sutherland to Fort William
Day Three: Fort William to Glasgow
Day Four: Glasgow to Carlisle
Day Five: Carlisle to Aintree
Day Six: Aintree to Ludlow
Day Seven: Ludlow to Wincanton
Day Eight: Wincanton to Launceston
Day Nine: Launceston to Land's End