Day 2: Burton on Trent to Sheffield.
Steve Bliss Writes: A day of carnage and cold. Today’s ride totally symbolises recovery. We got lost, we got injured, we suffered broken bikes, and broken people. Set backs and hurdles meant seeking advice and support en route, but the warmth of the communities that shared their food and comfort with us, and the strength of community within the team itself, meant we made it to Sheffield, albeit battered, bruised, broken and an hour and a half late. We ended the day tired, but wiser. Massive thanks go out to Aquarius/Phoenix Futures Derby, Hope Springs Recovery Chesterfield, and Addaction Sheffield for their generous hospitality, and the Amy Winehouse Foundation for their interest and support.
Day 3: Sheffield to North Yorkshire.
Steve Bliss Writes: Another long and hard day’s riding, with plenty of climbing and some breathtaking descents. We left Sheffield at 9am and made our way to Lifeline Recovery Hub in Rotherham. Food was laid on, with pastries, toast, fruit and hot drinks, and packs of gels, electrolytes and recovery shakes. Several riders joined us to lead us out of Rotherham towards Barnsley. We arrived at Addaction Barnsley at 12 noon to a warm welcome, and an impressive range of sandwiches, fruits, cakes and chocolate. Next stop was Forward Leeds, where we fed by the Real Junk Food Project, who served us pasta, garlic bread and salad, all made from reclaimed products. The ride through Leeds was an experience in itself, due to SatNav issues we had to resort to Google Maps, which took us into the city via cycle friendly off rode paths, through the pleasant environs of Armley. The last leg of the day was extremely hilly, pushing all riders to their limits, but we arrived at North Yorkshire Horizons by 5:45pm. Throughout the day, broken spokes and broken chains held us up, but again everyone stuck together as a team, and rode hard for recovery.
Warwickshire County Council Community Safety and Substance Misuse Team are one of the sponsors of the event and we will be keeping you posted on the pelotons progress, trials and tribulations and we wish them a happy, safe and comfortable journey!
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