Early this morning the halow250 charity bike ride set off to raise money for people with learning disabilities. halow project supporters from all over the country, and beyond, made their way to the Boathouse pub in Putney. The pub owned, by Young's Brewery, hosted a hearty breakfast as the riders gathered to prepare for the first leg of the journey.
Our cyclists rode from Putney to Portsmouth stopping first at Bisley Village Green where Harris & Hoole served delicious flapjacks, cookies & their award winning coffee. Having covered the first 50 miles they were able to rest and fuel up again as they passed through Greatham, Hampshire.
Around 5pm the 80 plus strong peloton enjoyed a lovely prosecco drinks reception and tour of Portsmouth Harbour aboard a Solent Cat. They then received a miltary escort to the docks before they boarded a Brittany Ferry to take them to St Malo, a walled port city in Brittany.
Amazingly news and press coverage of the ride reached as far as Germany and Russia!
It has been an amazing and genuinely inspiring day as our supporters, staff and young people rallied behind the incredibly hard working cyclists. Thank you and well done to all the riders on completing the first 82 miles of their 250 mile journey. Rest well and have fun tomorrow as you cover the second leg.
Thanks also to those who have supported on the first day; whether you've baked for the riders, sponsored the ride or manned a cheering station. We cannot do it without you!
CHECK BACK HERE LATER FOR DAY 2 OF THE halow250