If ever there’s anything which requires true endurance, its keeping your eyes open for more than 24 hours.
But Bobby on a Bike founder, Neil Smith, with his friends Rob Bryan and Jeff Cribb wanted to add a twist to this years 10th Anniversary ride. They will be attempting to do the 400 mile ride in “one hit”.
Most people would have trouble keeping their eyes open for that long without cycling that many miles at the same time, but they are hoping that the non stop ride will take them 26 – 30 hours….. that’s less than two days!
The journey will start from the relatively flat county of Suffolk, through the rolling countryside of the Cotswolds and Wye Valley to the very hilly and mountainous countryside of mid Wales, heading eventually to the rugged coast at Borth, near Aberystwyth.
2012 will be the 5th ‘May ride’ and the 10th Anniversary Ride for Bobby on a Bike.
Neil Smith centre with some of the Bobby on a Bike riders for 2012
The riders will start and finish at RNLI stations on either side of the country and the exact route they will be following will be issued to the riders daily. For those of you just wanting a rough guide it will be as follows:-
Day 1 – May 27th – Aldeburgh RNLI to Comberton, nr Cambridge – 95 miles
Day 2 – May 28th – Comberton to Stratford Upon Avon – 105 miles
Day 3 – May 29th – Stratford Upon Avon to Three Cocks, Wales – 89 miles
Day 4 – May 30th – Three Cocks to Borth RNLI – 89 miles
Neil is no stranger to challenges, previously he has completed two trips from Canada to Mexico, crossed the USA from Coast to Coast and last but not least four ‘May Rides ‘ in the UK.
Neil, Rob Bryan and Jeff Cribb will assist with support on the first day of the May ride, then return to the start, where, at 6.00a.m. on Day 2 they will begin their non-stop ride from Aldeburgh in Suffolk to Borth on the Welsh coast.
As this year is the 10th Anniversary of Bobby on a Bike and not wanting to take anything away from the riders taking part in the challenge, Neil explained that he needed to provide himself with a challenge which will exceed anything he has done before; he knows he can ride the May Ride. What he doesn’t know is, if he can do it in one go.”
We hope that if you see the riders on route from one side of the country to the other that you will give them your support and the encouragement they so richly deserve!