Not content with mastering high speed karting a couple of months ago, the Linkam transport enthusiasts decided to enter the more physical world of cycling. So after several weeks of training over the local Downs the team met up on Father’s Day – the only day of the year when most of us can usually get away with doing very little.
Not this time though; instead, ‘Team Linkam’ met up on Clapham Common at 6:00am on Sunday 19th June 2011 to participate in the 50th anniversary London to Brighton bike ride. Water bottles were filled, energy bars were packed and final adjustments made to the bikes. Vince Kamp had managed to source and helped design our very own Linkam cycling kit which was, needless to say, excellent quality, comfortable and looked amazing!
Bleary eyed but raring to go, 13 of us set out on our 54 mile venture at 6:30am. Over 27,000 people took part in the charity ride, a real experience cycling with so many people around us especially when it came to the hills.
The months of training were paying off as we were making good time towards Brighton. The rain held off and before we knew it, we were approaching the feared Ditchling Beacon – the third highest point of the South Downs! Well done to those who made it up without walking. As we reached the top of Ditchling Beacon, we knew we had 6 miles left which was mostly downhill. We breezed into Brighton and rode down the famous Madeira Drive and across the finish line. Most of us finished the ride in around 5 hours but there were a few professionals who made it at faster pace.
All in all, it was a fantastic day and huge congratulations to ‘Team Linkam’, and a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us.
See you next year!
Jim Hayward/Paul Simmons