England and Lions legend Peter Winterbottom will again be leading his band of merry men (and women) from Big Ben to Gibraltar this summer, all in aid of Breast Cancer UK and Prostate Cancer UK. The two-week ride will be split into two legs and Peter would love to hear from any RBN members who would like to join him for either or both of them.
So the challenge of the first ride hasn’t put you off?
The first running of Clock to the Rock was a huge success, raising over £65,000 for Walking with the Wounded. We had a ridiculous amount of fun on the way down, so a second trip this summer was a no-brainer.
What can people expect if they join you?
Most of the ex-pro players from last year (Mike Teague, Roger Uttley, Craig Chalmers, Rob Henderson, Dafydd James, etc.) will be joining us again, so we know exactly what we’re in for and that’s an absolute blast.
We’re partnering with Iconic Cycling Events and will take part in a couple of sportives to get fit and give people the chance to get to know each other. There are various option for the trip itself, from riding either or both of the two week-long sections, to just joining us for the day’s ride from London to the South Coast.
Should they be worried about the tough route?
The route is stunning, particularly from Biarritz onwards as we had empty roads and the most beautiful scenery. England actually had the steepest hills, though they were short, with France offering more rolling hills than huge ascents. Spain’s mountains proved to be long efforts up easier gradients, so, despite the numbers looking horrific, they weren’t too bad after all.
The big climbing days proved to not be the biggest challenge and the hardest few days were during Rob Henderson’s brief time with the squad. His drinking games and enthusiasm at the bar took the evenings to another level and we really felt it on the roads on the mornings after.
Gibraltar obviously saw quite a night out, though possibly the biggest one was at ex-France international Jerome Thion’s restaurant in Biarritz. The food and wine were unbelievably good, so we thought we should stay long enough to make it worthwhile.
What were the other highlights?
Other than the big nights, the evenings were relaxed affairs with a social beer or two by the pool and a good meal to set us up for the next day. Times like that really are one of the most fantastic ways of spending time with good folk and I think a lot of life-long friendships were made on the trip.
If you would like to spend a week or two on an incredible journey with Peter and the gang, click here for more information or to register your interest.