St James, St William Charity Cycle Ride
Strata Tiles were delighted to be asked to take part in the first charity ride organised by St James and St William Homes to raise money on behalf of the North London Hospice, the chosen charity for the event and for the St James office since 2014.
the ride itself took in some beautiful countryside around the Chilterns, covering 58 miles and 2,200 feet of climbing, including some well placed strava segments.
The ride started at 9.00 with us all meeting beforehand for the usual cyclists chat and the always welcome opportunity to eye up some bike porn, even if it will probably beat you to the finishing line, (its not a race!)
the weather was very kind, starting slightly chilly but bright and warming up gradually throughout the ride so a great opportunity to appreciate the team kit for the event, see our photos below.
Teams were invited from all of the St James/ St William supplier network, of the 60 people taking part we had 2 reported punctures which must be something of a record.
Strata fielded a four man team and support. Two of our team were complete novices to the sport, borrowing bikes to be able to take part, all of us acquitted ourselves well and made some good friends on the day.
The organisation and wayfaring provided by Alan and his team at Challenge Central was great, no one got lost or was left behind despite some rather steep hills that took us all by surprise. Happily, the ride stopped at a lovely country pub for lunch and a similar venue for the finish, the rest of the evening was spent talking carbon and how much better our times could have been for the day…
Naturally, we are very much looking forward to next years event and hoping for an invitation