10:00 AM: Wake up to torrential downpour in London. Uh oh.
11:00 AM: Watch Tour de France on ITV4 while rain continues outside.
2:00 PM: Alberto cooks cuban-style rice (rice with tomato sauce and fried egg) for a carb- and protein-filled lunch.
3:00 PM: Take advantage of a break in the rain to go shopping for food for the ride.
4:00 PM: Make wraps, sandwiches, etc. to carry with us while watching the end of the Tour de France.
5:00 PM: Eat dinner of tortellini. More carbs. Torrential rain has returned.
6:00 PM: Get changed, pack the bags, and prepare the bikes.
6:30 PM: Rain has finally stopped (never to return)!
7:00 PM: Head out for Pub on the Park in London Fields, the official start of the the Dynamo.
7:30 PM: Arrive at Pub on the Park. Hundreds of cyclists. Fight through the crowds to pick up our tickets for the coach back to London and get a route sheet. Wait around in the park somewhat away from the crowds.
8:30 PM: See a large chunk of cyclists heading out and figure we should join them. We're on our way!
9:30 PM: Ride through Epping forest in a large group. I manage to keep pace on the hill!
9:45 PM: Ride through Epping town centre - to the jeers of locals standing outside the pub!
10:15 PM: Pass first country pub at Moreton. Many have stopped for a pint, but we keep riding.
11:15 PM: Pass second country pub, Dunmow I think? See above.
Sunday, 17 July 2011
12:15 AM: Pass third country pub, I think it was at Finchingfield. Make a pit stop and fill the water bottles. Otherwise see above.
1:00 AM: Arrive at the 'half way' stop in Sible Hedingham. Queue for food is absolutely outrageous, but we eat some of our supplies and have a hot drink. Consider moving on, but realise if we keep this up we'll be in Dunwich by 7am -- too early if it will be rainy and miserable there.
2:00 AM: Finally set off from the food stop after an hour of warming up indoors. Freezing to be back outside!
4:00 AM: First rays of sunlight peek through on the horizon.
5:00 AM: Stop at Needham Lake to enjoy the scenery and refill bottles in the water fountain. Spot the guy cycling with his two dogs letting them have a bit of a run-around.
5:45 AM: Stop to admire the Bacon Roll stop near Gosbeck. What a nice setup! But again we decide to stick to our own supplies.
7:00 AM: Begin to see a trickle of cyclists coming from the opposite direction. They were cycling BACK to London after all that!
8:20 AM: Arrive in Dunwich!
8:30 AM: Get to the beach. Find hundreds of cyclists napping there.
9:15 AM: Alberto goes for a swim!
10:30 AM: Load bikes on to lorry for return journey to London, organised by Southwark Cyclists. To our surprise, told that we now have to board a coach for immediate departure to London (coaches were supposed to depart at 1PM).
11:00 AM: Coach pulls out of Dunwich. Cyclists still trickling in from the roads leading up to Dunwich.
11:05 AM: Fall asleep.
2:30 PM: Arrive at Smithfield in London.
2:45 PM: Lorry with cycles arrives at Smithfield in London.
3:00 PM: Rain arrives at Smithfield in London.
3:45 PM: Home in time to watch the last 20km of the Tour de France!