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Monday, 3 October 2016

50 mile Charity Bike Ride by Batribike

Bob Mitchell came to talk to us on the Batribike stand at the recent Cycle Show. He was delighted with his Batribike Granite Pro and told us that he had completed a 50 mile charity bike ride on it.

He told us that when he first mentioned the ride his “other half thought he had something missing!” He had decided to do the ride representing Crossens Bowling Club where he is a veteran member. We weren’t as indelicate as to ask his age but he said that he remembered, “Many is the time I have cycled through the Mersey Tunnel, for the charge of three pence old money”.

The riders started by going through the Mersey Tunnel and then via Prenton, Heswall, Parkgate and Neston where there was an organised break, and on to Chester – the furthest point – for another break. The return journey “Not quite as scenic but still some very steep inclines to get up” was via another route and break at Wirral Rugby Club.

“With only fifteen miles still to ride and going up a hill alongside the M53 the battery was exhausted, so I walked to the top, there were plenty of others doing the same. A quick change of the battery and I gave some gel to another cyclist who was writhing in agony with a muscle injury.

Now on the final run, it was quite pleasing passing the Lycra brigade up hills, on a number of occasions, we passed each other three or four times, they getting the better of me down hill. Finally down through the tunnel, going back up the other side I was surprised to see how many had given up and were walking, not me, I had the honour of Crossens B.C. to uphold, so I shot through the tunnel, to be rewarded with a medal and a bottle of warm water. I still had to cycle to Brunswick station…. perhaps my wife was right!”

Thanks to Bob for sharing his story with us, we are delighted that the Granite Pro is working so well for him.

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