LifeCycle 2 event report
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Life Cycle 2
Every year the Vice Chancellor of Nottingham University organises a charity cycle ride called Life Cycle 2 where he and a team of fellow academics take part in to raise funds for a chosen charity. This year it was the turn of Impact: The Nottingham Campaign. This was the main theme of Life Cycle 2 where the specific aim is to provide scholarships and bursaries to students from disadvantage backgrounds and to support outreach targeted at changing opportunities for young people, helping more into in further and higher education.
The route for the riders is from Cape Wrath in the north west of Scotland to Dover in the south east of England a total of 1,100 miles. Sunday saw the turn of the Nottingham leg from Lincoln where the good cycling enthusiasts of Nottingham were invited by the Vice Chancellor to join him and his team in taking part. As one of those fortunate to join him, along with around 50 other cyclists, I arrived at the university campus with my bike at the seemingly painfully unearthly time for a Sunday morning of 7am, aware that any right minded thinking person would still be horizontal enjoying their hard earned lie-in’s after their weeks of labour. On arrival I and the other riders registered and loaded our bikes onto a large van and took our places on the coach (the transport was provided free of charge by the university) to be taken to be the start at Lincoln. At 7:45am we departed the university campus to arrive promptly at Lincoln for 9am, or we would’ve done had the coach drivers satellite navigation not failed on him. We eventually arrived 15 minutes late collected our bikes from the van and assembled outside the west entrance of the cathedral. Here we cued and registered for the ride and collected our number and attached it to ourselves. After a short speech by the Vice Chancellor, we gathered to start with the west entrance of the cathedral making for a lovely backdrop. The chimes of the cathedral clock rang out striking the hour of 10am and after a claxon was sounded we were under way.
So 50 miles ahead of us, starting over cobbled streets we found our way through the city and out into the country along a route that took you through some of the most stunning countryside the two counties had to offer. The ride in my opinion was well organised. The message was to follow the big bright yellow signs that marked the route, this worked for the majority although the one or two unfortunately did get lost. There were two refreshment stops at the Dry Doddington and Plumtree. There was a roving mechanic on a motor bike and two vans to take care of those who felt the need to drop out and return them to Nottingham if they so needed. Around four hours later I arrived back at the campus where there was various stalls including our very own RideWise stall, and a Doctor Bike, entertainment from a West Indian steel band and a presentation from the Vice Chancellor. The whole day was very enjoyable and made even more so by the glorious weather we were blessed with and given the opportunity I would do the ride again. The only thing left for me say is congratulations to the organisers for a successful day thanks to all their and hard work. Once again a big thank you to you all!