Bobby on a Bike (BOAB) is over for another year and Anglian Home Improvements, as one of the event sponsors, is thrilled to hear that the riders have mostly returned safe and sound; if a little weary, after completing the coast to coast ride from the East of the UK to the West.
The BOAB charity was the brain child of Neil Smith and he has been organising this event for the last ten years.
Neil said that “it has been an interesting 2013 ride, with three riders ending up with cracked ribs after suffering separate falls from their bikes during the four days. This year’s ride was different for me as it was the first BOAB I have not cycled”.
He said he had missed the cycling because of the amount of work involved organising the logistics of the event. The support crew had been amazing ensuring that drinks and food were available at the watering stops during the day and in the evenings. Feeding some eighty people from a couple of tents was a logistical nightmare all of its own.
Neil said, “This year’s event was made extra special by three runners each doing a half marathon a day, with each day dedicated to a fallen military police officer. Thankfully the weather had stayed mostly good, but it absolutely hammered down on the morning of our return to Suffolk, so we were really very lucky”.
Aldeburgh at the start of the ride
Stopping off at a drink stop
Tents up on the camp site as people relax after the first days ride.
With so many comments made by the riders about how special the event was for them, we chose just two comments that we thought said it all:-
Jon Dawson – Truly an incredible event and I can honestly say one of the best weeks of my life! Not only was the riding spectacular but the support crew were magnificent. Really hope I can be a part of it all again next year.
Sarah Munnings – Wow, another fantastic ride, thank you so much to every one who made it possible. An immense achievement by all and one that to be honest takes a few days to get your head round. The support crews hold everyone together with their cheers of encouragement and ‘drive-by waves’, let’s face it anything helps! It is an amazing event for a very poignant charity. Not only a huge challenge physically, I truly believe 80% is mental, character building when you see the hills getting steeper and reaching higher and higher. Digging deep is the only way, determination, blood sweat and grease! You cannot quite believe the route until you cycle it yourself, quite like no other and Friday morning after a detour of 5 miles riding into a head wind all day was testing! Well done and thank you everyone.
The money raised from this year’s event will be going towards the SSAFA Forces Help (Lifelong Support for our Forces and their Families) if you would like to donate to the charity, please follow this link.
Anglian would like to congratulate all those that completed another exhausting, but inspiring ride.
Well done everyone!