Day 1 – Saturday (Blackpool to Challenge 4 Change)
What a gorgeous day to set off on the fourth Tower 2 Tower trip. 14 cyclists gathered on the prom (two who joined us to cycle to Manchester) and 12 who will be cycling all the way to Paris.
Family and friends joined to say goodbye and we set off towards Lytham. Our first faller, Jason, got distracted and was taken down by a tram track!
The peleton started at a fantastic pace and some of us (me) got left behind. One of our number, Marie, even had her son as a passenger and beat me to the first checkpoint.
The route took us down the Prom to Lytham, where the proms are in full swing, and out to Preston where welcome refreshments were provided by our volunteers in their blue steward vests.
Preston Marina is a highlight as is Avenham Park before our hot and bothered cyclists hit Fredericks Ice Cream Parlour in Chorley.
From there we headed to Manchester and it was on this stretch we had our first 3 punctures (all for Dan Savage). Actually he only had one but Ste Hurst (one of our support drivers) could the other 2 by over excessive inflation!
We all arrived successfully at Challenge 4 Change where water coffee and wagon wheels were gratefully received!