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60 Miles on a New Saddle?

Brooks B17

L2B Update – How did it all go…

how was the new saddle?

Well we all made it and a good time was had by (almost) all. The event has grown so much that the sheer pressure of numbers meant for very slow going for the first few hours as we cleared London and tackled the first few hills and road junctions. This was offset by the continually inspiring sight of a constant and colourful stream of cyclists of all creeds and styles pushing through the scenic route on a classic sunny English day. Over 27000 of us all together.
And the amazing, spontaneous applause, soakings by water pistols and offers of free snacks from the local residents along the way gave the day a real sense of an inclusive event. As well as being a major fundraiser for the British Heart Foundation.
Some of the hardest ways to do the ride? Two on a BMX, one standing, one pedalling. Dressed as a parrot (hot!). Riding vintage Choppers (I so wanted one of them when I was a kid)…
Oh, and it is 56 miles or so, not 60. (Do proper cyclists always round up the mileage…?)
 And, finally, how was the new saddle? Fine thanks. Like a dream. Thank you Mr John Boultbee Brooks…
Tim Jasper

60 Miles on a New Saddle? 
A group of us from Rohan are riding the London to Brighton bicycle ride this weekend, having a nice day out and hoping to raise a bit of cash for the British Heart Foundation.
Bit of a long-standing tradition – I can remember first doing it, oh 20-odd years ago with some guys from Rohan. And the current generation of Rohan cyclists will be having another go on Sunday. Most of them did it last year so they know what to expect.
We’ve all been studying the weather anxiously (don’t know why we’re worried because we’ve got Rohan waterproofs…) and so far it’s looking fair.
We are being ferried down to the start and (hopefully) collected from the finish by John and Jackie from the warehouse – thanks guys!
A nice thing at Rohan is that if any of our staff raise money for their chosen charities the business will double it. Every little helps.
But mainly we’ll all be sharing in the amazing atmosphere of the event, queuing up at the first few hills (there’s a lot of people on the road) and eventually savouring that exhilarating swoop down to the coast once the beast of Ditchling Beacon is slain.
Anyway, in anticipation of the event I thought I’d get a new saddle… Sounds a bit rash. Hopefully not road rash. But I feel reasonably confident because it’s another Brooks B17 . I put one on my fixie and the ride is amazing. I can’t believe it took me till my 50’s to discover that all the old stories about the brilliance of these fine pieces of British craftsmanship are actually true. But with one important rider (sorry) – you have to find the model design that is right for your own individual backside.
Tim Jasper
L2B Rohan 1987
Rohan 1st London to Brighton 1987 Customers & Staff. On a variety of bikes including Moulton and Swallow. Clapham Common ready to depart. Photo taken from TQQ Milestone edition 1987 and it wasn’t good then!

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London to Brighton Challenge Completed

Rohan Kingston start completes L2B
Update 13/05/2012 – Congratulations to Michelle she did it 100k in 27 hours.
We’ve had some great stories from Rohanists undertaking amazing trips for charity.
Saul from Rohan Harrogate training for the Great North Run for St Michaels Hospice in Harrogate last week and Michelle at Rohan Kingston upon Thames completed the London to Brighton Challenge for her charity Save the Children.
Both have promised to keep Rohantime up to date with their training, kit choices and the Big Day.
Well last weekend Michelle completed the L2B she has shared her story with us:

“Where shall I start? I walked 63 miles in 27 and a half hours.
The first 25km wasn’t too bad, me and Louise were at a good pace. By the time we reached 50km, I was already tired and trying to imagine doing double that. It already felt like it had gone on forever.
Due to the high levels of rainfall from the past 6 weeks the ground was either flooded or very muddy from about 15km through to the 81km stop.
Found it really hard from 60km. My right knee was killing me and hurt every time I took a step. Unfortunately, this was when it was dark and cold. It was mostly wet sloshy mud that everyone kept falling into and it was so sticky that every footstep was twice as hard, blisters were getting worse. I took so many painkillers to try to ease it a bit, I could barely talk during the night from the pain and I have to admit, I did cry a little!
One of the worse things were the stiles. I wouldn’t be able to count how many of them we encountered but they were just aggravating my knee further.
Sunrise gave me some hope, it’s always better when you can see your surroundings. At the 75km stop I went to the Red Cross tent to see a doctor about my knee. He felt it and said I had hurt my hamstring but it wasn’t too swollen so I could carry on but it would hurt. I was so relieved he didn’t pull me out.
After having a quick bite to eat, putting talc on the feet and all the compeed plasters in the world, we set off for the last quarter. I had slowed right down by now, I physically couldn’t go any faster – every step was shooting pain, especially downhill. The last section of the challenge was the worst, a huge hill upwards that I climbed at snail pace, sweating hard and I had to keep stopping and resting my weight onto my walking poles. Others kept walking past saying encouraging words, I felt like I wouldn’t be able to go on.
Then I remembered all the kind messages from friends and family that I had read earlier on facebook, the texts people had been sending throughout the day & night, Leo saying ‘You can do it madrinha’, and the good work that Save The Children do so I kept on up that evil hill.
But going down the hill was even worse. It was endless sharp rocks and pebbles which do not mix well with blisters! That felt like it went on forever, by now I was pretty dazed so Louise forced me to drink a disgusting ISO drink.
5km later and I could see Brighton racecourse in the far distance, that was an amazing feeling. Limping to the finish line and seeing Charlotte and Esther there cheering us on was exhilarating. As we crossed the line the crowd cheered and we got our medals and goody bags, I just sat down and took my shoes and socks off before making our way to the lovely hotel.
Apparently, 1 in 3 didn’t make it and I can totally see why. It’s 2 and a half marathons so it’s a gruelling challenge and as much as I am so glad I did it, I wouldn’t do it again. My knee has now swollen up and I have bruises and blisters – once is enough” –  Michelle Manager at Rohan Kingston

All in aid of Save The Children (reg charity no. 213890)
‘Save the Children’ are the world’s independent children’s charity.They are working to get every child proper healthcare, food, education and protection. Since 1919, Save the Children has been inspiring real change in children’s lives. They were the ones who got free meals and milk into UK schools and their leadership changed world opinion on the rights of disabled children to go to school.
Read morehttp://www.justgiving.com/michelle-mendonca
Michelle Mendonca manager Rohan Kingston upon Thames