The ride started with a few steep hills, which pushed our riders to dig deep. From there, the riders could relax and enjoy some brilliant downhill stretches to the first check point at Fountains Abbey. From here, the riders were treated to a stunning descent through the grounds, which offered views of Ripon cathedral. The riders stopped for a leisurely lunch at the Sun Parlour Cafe in Ripon Spa Gardens, relaxing in the sunshine. Ever the competitiors, some of the group took part in a game of crazy golf, proving that they are just as handy with a golf ball and putter as they are goalball.
Once their competitive juices diminished, the group rode onwards through small Yorkshire villages towards the final overnight stop in York. Just outside the city, the riders left the support vehicles behind and rode alongside the River Ouse. What was supposed to be a leisurely ride took a surprising turn when there was an unexpected standoff with a group of stray cows. Thankfully no animals or Goalballers were hurt in this instance, though some had a sudden craving for beef burgers as their thoughts turned to their much needed evening meal.
That night everyone relaxed at the Racecourse Centre and celebrated Oliver’s and Rachel’s birthdays! We interviewed Winchester Goalballer Kelsey Trevett (the youngest rider taking part) and tandem pilot Simon Gordon about how the day had gone.
Click Here to listen to Kelsey’s interview.
Click Here to listen to Simon’s interview.