165 miles. Three men. One bike. The story starts here.
After week upon week of delays, recently we became the proud owners of our very own triplet. For the sane, or the uninitiated, that’s the three man tandem bike that will carry us to the Licensing Awards Dinner in London on September 9th.
The journey deep in to the Derbyshire Peak District to pick it up, was one of realisation; realisation of what the three of us have committed to. A short trip of around 165 miles to London on a bike - three people, one bike. I know it’s been said before, but are we wired up?
Even though it was getting on for 8pm, I suppose we just had to give it a try, and at the bottom of the steep hill where the cycle shop was situated was an empty car park, perfect for the inaugural voyage of the newly named Trisockyle.
How hard can it be? Surely it’s just like riding a bike? How wrong could we be? Travelling a total of approx 30 yards max, took us a grand total of about seven attempts. It rapidly became obvious that controlling and balancing 50 stones (a third of a metric tonne) on a road bike wasn’t going to be the easiest thing in the world. Obviously our extensive and rigorous training regime had helped us no end (where’s that pie gone?)
Training this week has been, shall we say 'suspended' for a number of reasons, not least Martin escaping to a warm weather, high altitude training camp abroad, otherwise known as a holiday. That wasn’t before a trip to the local sporting goods superstore to stock up and purchase a number of items for the trip, many of which will never see the light of day again after September 9th – all the gear, no idea!
The reason for doing all this, is for our beloved industry’s charity, The Light Fund. So if you want to relieve some of the pain with a donation, then please dig deep and get in contact in the normal manner at The Sock Mine. As you’d expect various sponsorship opportunities are also available, the support vehicle, the bell, the Sudocrem, etc.
Dennis The Menace (with a little help from Start Licensing) has sponsored the first day's proceedings, so if you’d like to join him, then please give us a call.