This message from Leon is very worrying, but I know he is anxious that we don’t contact him with sympathetic messages. He knows, I’m sure that we all wish the best possible for him and are thinking of him.
The warm weather has been so welcome over the last week or so and I hope you’ve been safely enjoying it while it lasts.
Some of our more senior members of the Brighton and Hove Clarion seem to be spending their Sundays relaxing or are unable to join the local group rides due to illness, unfortunately I’ve also become one of the invisible members. It is with great regret that I will need to remain unavailable to lead or ride for the unknown future. The reason; my cancer has returned and is being quite destructive. I will be back on Chemotherapy via a PICC line, a mobile device with a belt mounted pump. This, it is hoped, may slow the cancer’s progress, but not stop it unfortunately. My cancer has caused me to lose more body mass and the chemo will no doubt to that. So there we have it. It’s now fingers crosses that, who knows with some good fortune I may be able to attend a short ride sometime and be my usual grumpy self again.
I was really upset not take part in the ‘Round the World’ challenge. I had registered and fully intended to take part. My knee/leg problems of earlier in the year seemed to have gone away and I was even thinking I might offer a ride for 19 August. Then I had a relapse and all that went out of the proverbial window. I intensified my physio exercises and still hoped I’d be OK on the day – even put my cycling gear on when I got up that Sunday morning. But it soon became evident that I wasn’t up to it. But my sponsors all agreed to send the cash in, so the cause didn’t lose out Thanks, Roger, for doing a lap for me, (see below)
The Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge – Sunday July 1st
What glorious weather! One of the hottest days of the year (so far!), but with a moderate breeze from the north. Perhaps not the conditions you would choose for a lengthy ride through the Sussex hills, or a (communal) attempt to cycle almost 70,000 laps of the Preston Park velodrome.
But it was the day of the Greater Brighton Cycle Challenge. So, plenty of cyclists donned their helmets (compulsory) and their lycra (optional) and their sun cream (sensible) to help raise funds for Brighton Housing Trust (BHT).
Clarion was well represented. Mick did the big one, the 58 mile “Living Coast” ride. It started at the velodrome, heading east to Newhaven, then Lewes. Wivelsfield Green, Hurstpierpoint, Bramber, Shoreham and back to Preston Park to receive a well-deserved medal.
Meanwhile Jim and Graeme did the 30 mile “Devil’s Dyke Loop”. This one headed north to Poynings, Fulking and Small Dole where it joined the 58 mile route for the ride through Shoreham (with its tempting train station) and the final stretch along the coast back into Brighton.
Meanwhile back at Preston Park Ann, Suzanne, Richard and myself (with moral support from Fred) were slogging round the velodrome helping to push the total number of laps towards the 69,215 target – allegedly the equivalent of the World’s circumference. Impressively, Graeme also added a few laps when he had completed his 30 mile route.
One of my 30 laps was for Ian who was all set to join us on the “Round the World ride” but had to drop out because of a continuing problem with his leg.
Of course, there was the group photo, taken in front of a shiny Brighton and Hove bus, displaying the club name on its route indicator!
A very enjoyable day full of good humour, good will and hopefully a useful boost to BHT’s fund-raising efforts.