The Bath Rugby Foundation team tackling the immensely tough Deloitte Ride Across Britain reached the half-way point yesterday, finishing Day Five at Aintree.
David Flatman and Danny Grewcock took two minutes out of their lunch break to let us know how they were getting on (and show just how exhausting the whole thing is as Danny wrestles a packet of shortbread biscuits), whilst David Trick shares some of the ways the boys are keeping themselves entertained during their time in the saddle with the latest instalment of his blog.
"Day Five: Let's get the boring stuff out of the way first. We cycled 122 miles into a headwind. It was absolutely brutal, although it was a bonus when the rain stopped at about 14.00.
"You have to occupy your mind when you spend up to 11 hours in the saddle. Today we sang songs, initially containing a girl's name, then a boy's name. This killed an hour before we moved on to naming sports stars with the same initial for both Christian and Surname in alphabetical order - Andre Agassi and so on (can anyone help with N?).
"However, the absolute highlight was 'bike and rider' hide and seek. The plan was simple. One of the group to ride ahead and hide with his bike. Needless to say no-one was going to hide in a driveway or behind a hedge.
"You'll be pleased to hear that birthday boy Lewis Moody won by a country mile. He cycled ahead and, when 40 minutes later we still hadn't seen him, we assumed he'd headed on to base camp. Five minutes after that we took a left hand corner and heard a voice we recognised. It was Lewis, 10 feet off the ground, in a tree, sitting on his bike!
"When you're feeling low and in pain, I defy anyone not to screech with laughter at a sight like that. There are photos which I'm sure will find their way to this space shortly!"
As you can tell, the cycle from John O'Groats to Land's End is both physically and mentally draining, and our brave team of cyclists are doing it all in aid of the Bath Rugby Foundation.
It's not too late for you to donate and make all their pain worth it! You can support the players' cycle challenge and The Bath Rugby Foundation by visiting, www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/heavyweights or www.justgiving.com/brf
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