After many weeks of hard training, the day had finally arrived for us to tackle the Bidwells Golden Triangle Ride, 100 (and 3) miles across the country from Oxford to Cambridge in aid of Maggies.
An ample turnout from the office saw William Morris, Richard Young, Adrian Reeves, Dani Trevail and our summer student Alex Harris (no relation to Mark Harris) line up at the start all eager to get underway in the September drizzle.
Alex broke away almost from the off, in pursuit of the front group to attempt a win for Solid Structures. A strong threesome who started 5 minutes prior kept him at bay and saw him riding solo for the first 45 miles.
The rest of the team kept a good pace, working together as a foursome and helping each other when in difficulty. Much to the relief of Adrian at 60 miles in when he suffered a puncture, our resident enthusiast William was at hand to assist only to be thwarted by a dodgy valve core resulting in a double pumping session.
All of the Solid Structures team finished in good time, Alex was in the first 10 riders to reach Anstey Hall in Cambridge in a respectable time of 5 hours 28 minutes. The rest of the team rolled in later looking surprisingly fresh and in a time of 6 hours 17 minutes. All of the team then celebrated with a hot shower, gourmet hot dogs and burgers along and a couple of well deserved drinks kindly offered by Bidwells to rejuvenate the exhausted finishers.
Posted by Mark