This weekend a team from EHL undertook the epic journey from Leicester to Skegness on bikes. It was a grueling 6 hours, I’m still not sure what possessed me to get up at 5:30 am on a Saturday and cycle from Leicester to Skegness, madness must run in the family. This is the second time I have cycled the 86 miles to Skegness although this time it was slightly longer due to a detour along the A16 to Grimsby. A group of around 16 cyclists set off at 6:42am from Edward Hands and Lewis HQ on Loughborough Road, Leicester. The first 40 miles appeared to breeze by, I was through to the other side of Melton Mowbray in about 1 hour and was at the first stop past Grantham in 2 hours.
The ride from Grantham to Boston was a pleasant journey but boredom was starting to set in as the roads become increasingly flat and straight which is not much fun.
Unfortunately, I got lost inside Boston and then I got lost leaving Boston (no map), I should have gone along the A52 to heading to Wainfleet then Skegness but ended up going along the A16 to Grimsby. Whilst this was demoralising, as it was about an extra 10 miles, it was a surprisingly nicer ride than the A52. The road surfaces were better, there were twists and turns and lots of hills making it a more interesting journey.
All in all it took me 6 hours 3 minutes from clock tower to clock tower, then onto the pub for a few beers, burger and chips and several pounds in the amusement arcade. As a team we’ve raised several hundred pounds for LOROS (I think the donations are still coming in) and I will definitely be going again next year.
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