Epic ride by cycling duo

“Absolutely ecstatic” was the comment from Pat Brightman and Adele Postle from Great Yarmouth at the end of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain on Sunday after they cycled 953 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

Both are members of the Great Yarmouth and District Athletic Club, and Adele is also a member of the Great Yarmouth Cycling Club.

The ride, organised by James Cracknell’s Threshold Sports, started the previous Saturday, June 11, with overnight camping stops approximately every 100 miles at Kyle of Sutherland, Fort William, and Glasgow before crossing the border at Gretna Green into Carlisle.

Along with 500 other cyclists they continued through with stops at Haydock, Ludlow, Bath and Okehampton before the final 114 miles to Land’s End.

Having started the ride in sunshine – the views would have been spectacular had it not been for the continual rain through most of the nine days.

Fundraising from this event was for the British Paralympics team 2012 and many of the squad took part in several stages of the ride.

Danny Crates, a gold medallist Paralympian at 800m in Athens – having lost one arm in a car accident 14 years ago – completed the full event with a specially-adapted cycle.

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There were some amazing personal stories from the pedallers overcoming adversity to ride. It was incredibly exciting for those taking part and took the participants to places they have never been before both physically and emotionally.

The Ride Across Britain was an event that spanned all ages and catered for the elite down to the everyday cycling enthusiast – the youngest cyclist being 18 with the eldest 71.

All rode in unison down the length of the country, encouraging each other along the way.