Ok thought I'd better post something even though you have all congratulated me already! This is the only picture I have. Joe (who was using the ride for training for his Lands end - John O Groats ride in August) took it of me at the finish. Bit of a grimace going on I think I was trying to smile! (There is an great one of me taken by the official photographer but I refuse to pay £10 for a download!)
Team Tansley met at 6:00 and convoyed to Nottingham in tree cars. There was a bit of a kerfuful finding the car park as Nottingham has been dug up to install tram lines. We got bakes ready had a last minute loo break and lined up at 7:00 for the start. Joe shot off at the start and that was the last we saw of him.
Ruth forgot to unclip when there was a hold up at a cattle grid and took a tumble. Cut her knee a bit and in the confusion over getting her patched up Angela and Emma wen off to stop at the feed station thinking we would too to get a plaster. As we had already agreed to stop at the 26 mile one Ian Ruth and I just rode by. They tried to catch up but couldn't but we all got back together at the 45 mile feed station.
Between there and the next one I rode with Ian and he tagged onto the back of a group of guys going at a good pace. It is amazing how much energy you save in a bunch and we both were dragged along behind.
The route (see attached map - anticlockwise) was not particularly hilly but as you can see from the atttached profile, after the final stop the last 25 miles were the hilliest. It definitely felt harder work and we all rode it at our own pace. Hence the picture of me finishing by myself. It was a great day out. Six and a half hours of riding time, 104 miles (167km) at an average of 15.8mph (25.4kph) For the official pictures go here.