I’ve just returned from a wonderful stay in Kents Bank, Cumbria, in the marvellous ‘Lothlorien’ holiday cottage, which makes a perfect base for cycling in the area.
The owner, Dave Chadwick, generously took me on a couple of long rides into the spell-binding countryside south of Lake Windermere.
Don’t worry though, Dave has had his pound of flesh – or more accurately, he has written this brilliant spoof piece about our rides and my, er, cutting-edge cycle gear. Enjoy...
Here is this year’s winner of the Tour de Kents Bank – Ben Irvine. Ben who rides for the Cycle Lifestyle team is proudly showing off the winner’s yellow waterproof jacket. For this two day cycling challenge he was up against team Lothlorien rider Dave Chadwick, who had a number of mishaps.
As the support car was jacked up on bricks back at home, the Cycle Lifestyle support team (Ben) sprang into action. When Dave Chadwick’s back mudguard fell off going over a cattle grid on stage 2, he was soon back up and running thanks to Ben who put the mudguard in the basket on the front of his bike.
On both days team Lothlorien also lost their communication system. In other words, Dave dropped his mobile phone after taking photos.
This extraordinary race even had a sprint finish. The pair were neck and neck sprinting down the half-mile track to the ice cream farm at Meathop. Unfortunately, fate played another cruel hand as the farm shop was closed!