Sunday 17 May 2015

Thames Bridges Bike Ride 2015 #TBBR

Once again it was time for the Thames Bridges Bike Ride & this will be my 3rd time of riding for the Stroke Association. This would also be my first biggish ride with the latest upgrades.

Having made it a little late for my official start time of 08:00 as I had forgotten that the Hackney Half Marathon was on which delayed me a little in getting to my local overground train station on route to Southwark.

Once there though I saw a few faces I recognized, esp a very smiley pink fairy. The one and only Chris Bridge was on good form in her pink fairy outfit.

With out wasting anymore time we was off on our way, our first bridge was Tower Bridge

Tower Bridge

This guy caught my eye as when I was younger I had the same kind of BMX made by Raleigh, the Super Tuff Burner. The one I had though was the deluxe version which was gold frame, handle bars, with black skyway wheels. Even back then I had customized it abit by adding green tyres & brake cables. God I miss that bike. I may have to see if I can spot one on eBay one of these days and relive my youth again ;)

Super Tuff Burner

The bridges where starting to blur together and we’ve only just started.

Heading down though Battersea Park towards the first pitstop

Still smiling away, it was great weather for a great ride with friends

While we was at the first pitstop Chris made a friend with this pug dog. The pug was having so much fun that I swear it was purring like a little kitten, I kid you not. Was great to see, I could almost see Chris putting the little pug into her front bag and riding the rest of the Bridges with her new friend.

Off we went again as we still had quiet a few bridges to cross.

Chris B always ready to pose

Made it to pitstop 2 in good time at Ham Common

The final push this time didn't feel as bad as last year, maybe my fitness level is a little higher, anyways we pushed on though Hampton Court to the actually finish which was a slightly different place than last year as I noticed there was boards up and construction.

Under the finishing line and receiving our medals and cheers from everyone and we had done it, the Classic Thames Bridges 2015 was complete, time for a good little rest and FOOD.

I had remembered about the burger I had last year which was awesome but this year another rider mentioned something different and had to have a taste for myself. I have to say I was pretty impressed with it and wolfed it down.

Everyone having a good rest and chat before heading off homeward

Big thanks to everyone involved with this event, the marshals, the riders the public cheering us all on, much appreciated. Stroke Association
You can still donate on Brompton BumbleB's Donation page
Video I took of the day Thames Bridges Bike Ride 2015 (Timelapse)

till the next ride, bee safe.....

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