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A message from Cancer Research UK

Here is an extract from a message received from CRUK.

Dear Members of the Home to Rome Ride

Thank you so much for taking part in the upcoming Inspired Living bike ride to Rome, and in doing so, joining the fight against cancer.

Research is being carried out across the UK thanks to people like you joining events and raising money for our research.

Every one of your rides raises funds for Cancer Research UK.

If you raise over £50,000 from your 2016 ride we could fulfil a research bursary for up to 3 years.

That means that you and your fellow riders would be able to continue a doctor’s pioneering work in the lab to find new ways to tackle cancer, whilst saving lives in the clinic.

Never underestimate the difference your fundraising could make. 9 out of 10 of our donations are for £10 or less, meaning that all those online donations, texts, & pounds in the pot, help CRUK save lives.

Our research to beat cancer sooner is entirely funded by the public. It’s because of supporters like you, funding our research, that over half a million lives have been saved since the 1980s.

We will find a way to cure all cancers.

With your support we will cross the finish line together.

We will beat cancer sooner.

Thank you
Your friends at Cancer Research UK

The full image of the message can be read here.
Good Luck riding to Rome

Final group training ride this Sunday

The final training ride will take place this Sunday 24th July, starting at 8am from Hursley. Below is the route, a scenic one of 66 miles heading north, with a café stop half way in Amesbury. Now that everyone is up to speed with this sort of distance there is only the one route. Hopefully we’ll see many of you on Sunday morning when the forecast is for dry, sunny and calm weather.

🙂 🙂 🙂

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Guy Raf’s “Top Tips” of incidental items to pack to make your life a little more comfortable on the Continental ride

A light nylon line to hang washing on, plus a couple of pegs and 2 cheap plastic hangers which really help to dry shorts and jerseys.

Earplugs & an eyeshade (I’ve found wax are the most effective! E.g. Quies)

A USB charger: Lots to charge overnight – Phone, Garmin, lights and so on. (Pack light with a travel multi-USB port charger, e.g. Syncwire)

Flip flops for the “flip fop” bag. The last thing to go into the van and first off at lunch & the end of day – great to wear when off the bike!

Microfibre travel towel – towels won’t be provided at the hostels

Guy Raf’s view of a soggy morning for the 3rd day of riding :(

I wondered about my sanity as I headed out early in the light rain to a deserted Black Hill car park, joined shortly by Mark R and Helen, with the remainder arriving by bike from Chandlers Ford – Mike, Andy and team Young (Steve, Lynne & Jack). The route had plenty of New Forest highlights including Pipers Wait (nice “warm up” hill), Roger Penny Way, Blissford Hill, Linwood, both ornamental drives, Portuguese Fireplace, and the runway.

Blissford Hill was wet with traction difficult on its 25% gradient which made the rear wheels slip. We were in the clouds at the top of Bolderwood Drive with the mist swirling around the trees and it almost looked like mountain scenery. The roads were wet on the descent and then we passed through the massive trees of Rhinefield Drive. After going through the water splash at Brockenhurst it was the first quick stop of the ride, Tesco Express. We pushed on to Lepe Café. There was no usual view of the Solent on the 5 or 6 mile run in to Beaulieu but a good tailwind. My chain snapped half way up the hill climbing out of Beaulieu towards Lepe. Fixing it was complicated by a bent link, but we soon got it sorted.

Lepe Café was a welcome sight, although looking autumnal with grey skies and a strong onshore wind. We sat inside for the first time ever, even in the winter we can sit outside! I said goodbye to everyone except Mark & Helen a few miles north of Lepe as we re-entered the forest whilst the others headed up to Eling and home. It was a Relaxed ride back to the car park, with sunshine and blue skies developing as we rode, making it rude not to have an ice cream at the top of Bolderwood!

Hardy souls (including Mike behind the camera)
Hardy souls (including Mike behind the camera)

You’re in for a treat this coming weekend!

As promised, 3 consecutive days of riding are on offer to get you ready for the epic journey to Rome.

🙂

Friday 8 July – meet in the Hursley Club car park at 16.30 ready to follow Mike for 45 miles.

Saturday 9 July – it’s an 08.00 start for a 70 miler with Andy.

Sunday 10 July – also an 08.00 start, and a route plotted by Guy R. The start point is Blackhill car park on Black Hill Road, just south of the A36 near West Wellow. It’s on our usual route from Hursley into the New Forest. The route is 72 miles, with a lunch stop at Lepe, and takes in a lot of New Forest classics, including both Ornamental Drives, Blissford Hill, Beaulieu, Lepe, and the runway.

All 3 routes are within this file:

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Group ride this Sunday

Where are the weeks and months going?! It was great to see such a big turnout for our last training run and the next one is almost upon us already.
🙂

We’ve set the ride for an earlier start of 8.00am from Hursley Clubhouse. Since everyone who did the 50 mile route last time found it a breeze we have just one route of 68miles.
😉

Head out from Hursley Park initially towards Winchester, then take the first left up the little nasty slope past the site of Merdon Castle and on to Braishfield and Michelmersh before entering the New Forest near West Wellow. Then on to Ornamental Drive, Brockenhurst (32miles – Tesco or cafe available), Beaulieu and then to Lepe Cafe (44 miles) for coffee on the beach where the sun always shines on our rides!

Return from Lepe up the A326. After a few miles we join a small road running parallel to the A326, once we do that keep going “straight” on small roads and cycle paths including the section beside the A326. We then return via Marchwood, Eling Tide Mill, North Baddesley and Chandlers Ford.

Although this is a fairly standard New Forest route for those that know it, there is one tricky bit of navigation on the return. If you don’t know the route it’s worth committing to memory: A FEW HUNDRED METRES PAST THE ELING TOLL BRIDGE (free for cycles) AND THE ANCHOR PUB, JUST BEFORE PASSING UNDER THE A35 DUAL CARRIAGE WAY, TURN RIGHT ONTO A PATH AND CLIMB A SHORT CYCLE PATH UP TO THE A35. STAY ON THE PATH HEADING TOWARDS THE TRAFFIC FOR A MILE OR SO. HAVING CROSSED THE CAUSEWAY BRIDGE OVER THE WATER LOOK OUT FOR A GAP IN THE BLUE RAILINGS. AT THE GAP TURN RIGHT ONTO ANOTHER SHORT PATH AND DESCEND. AT THE END OF THE PATH TURN RIGHT TO PASS UNDER THE A35 AND PROCEED ON THE ROUTE.

Have a great ride! Mike

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A great turn out last Sunday :)

Ready for the off
Ready for the off

Guy Rafferty has a little tale to tell…….

Meandering around the South Downs on some new roads and familiar hills……

A great start with a sweet espresso at Chez Wadley (thank you Lyn!) after the warm up ride from home. Cloudy skies soon gave way to blue as the temperatures rose (up to 25C). It didn’t take long before we found the www.bikehike.co.uk routing tried to send us along an off-road section (prompting memories of various ‘special off-road sections’ on continental rides, so good training!). We set off again having found an alternative route, but a few miles down the road on a gravel-strewn downhill near Lower Upham, Chris Gordon (a welcome ‘honorary IL rider’ for the day) and I punctured, and in the shelter of the hedgerows we realised how warm it was getting! We caught up with the main group at The Beech Café on top of the South Downs at HMS Mercury. There was a much-needed re-fuel with their infamous hummus sandwich and a flat white. Time was marching on, so Mike left before our food arrived, leading the first long-ride group and leaving our “lantern rouge” group to bring up the rear. Despite Lionel’s turn to puncture, we caught up with Mike’s group at the next café stop, the Compton Village Shop & Tea Rooms, just after the climb over South Harting Hill.

All smiles at the cafe stop

They had an excellent selection of quality cakes, including a very refreshing lemon sponge sandwich, with a thick layer of zesty butter icing.

Lovely cake!

With the bottle topped up with ice cold Coke, onwards we went! It was relaxed riding, with great company and lovely views on the homeward leg. A welcome shower and much-appreciated barbecue awaited back at Chez Wadley base camp where a good time was had by all.

Updates for Home to Rome

Important information from the organising team

The Rider Information Pack (RIP) has now been loaded on to the Continental Ride page of the website. It is a condition of taking part in the ride that you download and read this before departure and you will be asked to sign a waiver statement confirming that you have also read the Risk Assessment into which the RIP is incorporated. (Details to follow.)

We wish to draw your attention to the following specific points, although this does not detract from the importance of all other points raised in the above mentioned documents.

• You must have your own travel and bike insurance sufficient for your needs.
• Please make sure that your bike is fully prepared for the journey ahead. If necessary, seek advice.
• As previously mentioned, all riders must have their own satellite navigation device.
• You need to have your own spare rear derailleur hanger for your bike. These are bike specific. If you cannot find the correct replacement hanger there is an alternative on Wiggle’s website:

LifeLine Emergency Rear Derailleur Hanger – http://www.wiggle.co.uk/lifeline-emergency-rear-derailleur-hanger/
It’s also on the their ebay store – http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/LifeLine-Emergency-Rear-Derailleur-Hanger-/111850663805
Cost £5.

It fixes on using the nut provided to replace the standard nut on the end of the skewer. It’s a road-side fix that should take only 5 minutes and only needs the allen keys on the multi-tool that everyone should be carrying. There are other emergency rear derailleur hangers out there, but many still require a degree of compatibility with the frame. This one fits on top of the broken one and so should be compatible with any frame.

• Guy Rafferty will be offering some ‘top tips’ about the little extras you might like to take with you to make your ride experience a little smoother. Watch this space!

Reminders

• Training rides scheduled for 26 June and 24 July
• 3 days of riding from Friday 8 July

Fundraising for Cancer Research UK

Just over 10 weeks to go and counting and many of you have yet to set up your Just Giving page. Here are the instructions for you to set it up.

1. Create your own CRUK JG page and close
2. Go to IL Team page 2016
3. Click on ‘Join the team’ next to the title ‘Team members’ and log in again.
4. Select the 2016 page you have just created (if you have more than one page) and then click the blue button ‘Join team’.
5. Send Barbara an email asking for the page to be accepted. (This should happen automatically but currently it isn’t for some reason.)
6. Either share your page’s web address or that of the IL team page where your own page can be selected for a donation to be placed.

If anyone wishes to donate to the team as a whole, a separate page for that purpose is already on the team page.

Further updates

Further logistical information will become available as the departure date draws closer. Please keep an eye out for postings.