The challenge: to cycle against a team of employees from West Bromwich based Forkers Ltd in a 100km cycle race.
Dave has been a huge support of Lap the World since we first talked about the idea of rowing the English channel but our Valentine’s day cycle was the first time we’d met in person, and we spent much of the pre-race preparation thinking of excuses in case Forkers crossed the finish line ahead of us.
As a team we had to cycle a combined distance of 100km while our rivals (a team of four from Forkers Ltd) cycled as a relay team.
We opened up an early lead not because we were out of the blocks quickly but mostly due to a technical issue with one of the bikes used by Terence on team Forkers. Accusations of foul play and tampering were being banded, but myself and Dave did what all good cyclists would when faced with an opponent at a disadvantage – increased the pace to make the most of the lead.
I was fairly happy to complete the 50km with a time of around 1 hour 10 minutes and managed to keep the rotations per minute at a fairly consistent 110 without hitting the wall, which was a pleasant surprise after a few exhausting sessions on the road this winter.
It wasn’t enough to prevent Forkers from claiming victory but it was really enjoyable to spend a few hours with a supporter who has done so much for Macmillan like Dave, and despite his incredible achievements Dave was incredibly down to earth and easy to talk to.
Forkers employees Paul, Andrew, Rob and Terence also showed great support for the charity by arriving in custom-made Macmillan green tops (a possible intimidation tactic). They put in a hard shift of cycling to win the race to cross the finish line a comfortable few minutes ahead of team ‘celebrity’ and waited until they left Pure Gym to gloat about the victory.