Tour De TW 2020

Mike Pemberton
Jonathan Delahoche

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

Team story

[p]Our two over-energetic engineers, Jonathan and Mike, have decided that they need to get to know the sites served by our business unit a bit more, so what better way to do so than to cycle to them… All of them… In a weekend! [/p][p]It wouldn’t be too bad if we built all our houses close together, but we really like to spread ourselves out around East Anglia. So, the most ‘fun’ route we can come up with to get between them adds up to around 360km.[/p][p]Starting at our regional office in Bury St Edmunds on the Friday afternoon we will be heading off on a ‘short’ 70km ride to one of our sites and then off to a cosy bed just north of Cambridge. Bright and early the next morning we will head to our North Stowe site and then up to visit all our sites to the west of and around Norwich. The next day sees us meandering south across the Norfolk-Suffolk border to Ipswich and then weaving either side of the A14 until we get back to Bury St Edmunds.[/p][p]We know what you’re thinking, it’s pretty flat around here, it should be a breeze. Well when the wind whips across The Fens the ‘breeze’ is part of the problem! Not to mention a total climb higher than Ben Nevis at over 1500m. But given the challenges these kids go through every day we should be able to put up with some sore legs.[/p][p]Update 1: Training started with a damp ride into work and the jerseys have been ordered![/p][p]Update 2: A few changes but we are still battling on![/p][p]With the current Covid-19 issues we are a bit restricted with our training and the date of the ride is a little up in the air, but it will happen! We are not sure exactly when at the moment but at times like these, the kids we are raising money for need the support even more. Utilising my hour of daily exercise today I took the smallest of my two kids out on an animal search on the bike where we found normal cows, Scottish cows, horses, ponies, chickens, geese and a lost delivery man! The extra weight on the back makes a 12 mile ride a little bit tougher so good for the training. We got home and as we were putting the bike away the delivery man turned up at our house... with our jerseys!! I hope you like the pictures below.[/p][p]Update 3: Today should have been the day![/p][p]So I'm sure you will understand that the current Covid-19 concerns has put the brakes on this challenge to a degree. However we are battling on and have a plan! We are unable to complete the whole challenge this weekend as we are unable to stay at hotels overnight (we discussed sleeping in bushes... then decided against it) and sources of food to fuel us on the way around (we need pub lunches and cake stops) are not quite open yet. So the plan is to move the date of the challenge to 11th of September, when hopefully it will still be kind of warm and it looks like things will be open again. Unfortunately that's the soonest we will be able to do it because all of my weekends are going to be taken up in July/August, whilst I look after the kids so that my hairdresser wife can catch up on all the dodgy barnets.[/p][p]But this weekend we must ride!! So JD is finally going to get his jersey and we have worked out a 100km ride (a reasonable distance when you have to carry your own food!) from our office in Bury St Edmunds down towards the Essex border and around past a couple of our sites to test the route a bit. We will get plenty of photos of the ride, update you on any mishaps or misdemeanours and use this to get the ball rolling again before the ride in September.[/p][p][br][/p][p]WE DID IT![/p][p]There were times when we thought it might not happen, back in June when we had to postpone it and during the ride when we woke up on Saturday morning, or when we got to a collapsed bridge giving us the option of a big detour or finding a way over the ditch (we didn’t take the detour).[/p][p]The 45 miles on Friday (3h39min) was a bit of a shock and waking up on Saturday morning realising that we had to do more than double that distance was tough to take. Luckily we had the wind in our favour so we got a little bis of a push towards Norwich, knowing that we would be fighting against it the next day. The only issues of the day came from the navigation lady on JD’s phone. First taking us up a private farm road (heads down, hope no one spots us), then leading us to a collapsed bridge which needed a bit of thinking outside the box to negotiate (no wet feet though) and we had our bike handling skills tested on a very sandy path through Thetford Forrest with slick tyres.[/p][p]Sticking to our planned schedule all day (100 miles in 9h30) we were looking forward to a dip in the hotel swimming pool…. Only to be told that it was fully booked all night and our only option was 7am on Sunday.[/p][p]A swim and jacuzzi at 7am was probably a good way to start the day, which was boosted even more by Tom (the new technician) joining us for a bit and guiding us out of Norwich to give the navigation lady a break. Once Tom left it all started to go downhill (and not in the good way!). The slog to Framlingham was hard work with a headwind and more hills than we had been used to over the previous two days. The only breaks were to oil squeaky chains, get something out of my shoe (I was happy to sit down and sort that out) and stop at a co-op for water and doughnuts.[/p][p]Getting to Framlingham and realising that we had only done just over 1/3 of the days riding was a worrying prospect and I’m sure Ipswich kept moving further away as we tried to cycle towards it, but we made it to the waterfront and had a bit of a break for lunch.[/p][p]That left just 3 sites to go in about 30 miles with a quick stop at my house for water, cake and to drop off our big kit bags (no point in taking clothes any further). It was a bit more of a direct route but the roads were busier and small slopes felt like mountains with a couple more off road sections thrown in for good measure. The final leg from Elmswell to Lark Grange flew past as we rode on the excitement of recognising the roads and knowing the end was near and celebrating completing the ride with no mechanical issues and surprisingly no punctures! 90 miles for the day in 9h17 meant we had kept a pretty steady pace over the 3 days to give us a total of 235 miles in 21h25 (including the stops during the ride).[/p][p]So the first one has been done, we’ve learned some lessons and have a few ideas for a more inclusive version next year! Don’t worry, you don’t have to do 250 miles or share a jacuzzi with JD and I in Speedos but we are planning to make it possible for a few more people to set their own challenges for next year…. We’ve got 9 months to train![/p][p]We would like to give a final big thank you to all of our sponsors who have contributed to a total of £1900 (very close to our ambitious target).[/p][p]And if anyone fancies helping us reach our target, the page has been reopened until December.[/p]
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Personal Challenge Date

12 Jun 2020

Supporters


Sep 12, 2020

Margaret

Great to see you at Attleborough on Saturday, hope all goes well for the rest of your trip around Taylor Wimpey's premier developments!!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Sep 11, 2020

Marti

Well done lads.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Sep 11, 2020

Caroline Carter

Good Luck!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Sep 11, 2020

Dan H

Best of luck guys. Great cause. Go easy on the saddle!!!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Sep 11, 2020

Laura

Have fun guys!! You'll smash it!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Sep 9, 2020

Michelle Harrison

Best of luck for the BIG bike ride!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sep 8, 2020

Jackie Williamson

Good Luck!!

£15.00

plus £3.75 Gift Aid


Sep 8, 2020

Emily Crowe

Good luck guys!

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sep 7, 2020

Mark Chapman

Good luck guys, don't fall off!

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Feb 28, 2020

David Whymark

Good Luck Jonathan and Mike from all at Jones & Whymark Engineering Limited

£100.00

Mike Pemberton

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Jonathan Delahoche

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