Picos Original Riders

Picos Original Riders
Highlights of 2010

Last of the Picos Riders - to Rome Alone!

Our first two charity rides were a huge success - raising over £20,000 for the South East Cancer Help Centre.

The Centre does a fantastic job of supporting patients and carers at the most difficult times of their lives. They make a real difference and you could help them in their work by contributing to our fundraising. Donations can be made via JustGiving.comhttps://www.justgiving.com/Tom-Vaz/ or directly into the Centre. For more details of the Centre and their work see their website at http://www.sechc.org.uk/

After 3 years of rest it seemed time to dust off the old muscles, bones and sinews and do one more spectacular ride in aid of this fabulous charity.

This time I will travel alone for 25 days, mainly following the ancient pilgrimage route to Rome, the Via Francigene, covering a distance of around 1,400 miles.

The route travels through Newhaven - Dieppe - Paris before I eventually reach the Via Francigene in Eastern France. From then on it is pretty simple apart from having to cross the Alps without an elephant!

Tuesday, 6 March 2012

What happened to Spring?

A couple of mixed weeks weatherwise in which we thought
Spring was finally here only to be horribly disappointed. My training has been
restricted to cycling with the Anerley – sometimes as the only Picos rider but usually meeting up with Des.
Christopher has only been training in his University gym which he thinks is a cool place because it’s attended by some celebrity DJ called David Guetta. No idea who he is but I bet he is not a patch on Sir Jimmy Saville!
Des and I have managed our first 50 mile ride this year to East Grinstead where we were treated to a full English breakfast. I was so hungry that I gobbled mine up before I thought to take a photo but this is an example of what was presented to us after a VERY hilly 30 miles of riding. At £4.99 including tea it was a bargain and worth the trip to East Grinstead in
its own right! I have to admit that my breakfast tasted all the better without
the weekly unappetising viewing of the dead tissue on Ewa’s chilblains. No
wonder the poor girl is so thin...
And finally a new milestone for myself. I was the most senior Tuesday rider out today accompanied by a couple of whippersnappers on shiny new bikes. Jeremy on the left modelling a fixed gear Halfords special and Ricky on the right with his lovely new touring bike.
Ricky has decided to join us on our pilgrimage and is a very welcome companion. He has a very compelling reason for doing the gruelling trip but we'll leave that for another day...
Finally more of the more exotic animals found on British farms these days. What are they? Young ostriches I think?
Well to summarise the last few weeks, you will not be too surprised to find that we are not yet as fit as we need to be!!