“To avoid needing to set the alarm for 3 am to make the drive to Mold, in Flintshire, Wales. I decided to drive up the evening before and park the campervan at a nearby campsite, Bryn-Y-Ffynnon Farm (see pics). The next morning, my alarm went off at 5:45 am and after a quick breakfast, I cycled the 3 miles down to Mold Leisure Centre for 6:30 am. There were about 6 riders already waiting outside the Leisure centre for Sean to finish his 99th 2.4 mile swim.
We had a good group of riders; some were regulars who have supported Sean since day one, and some were new faces, like me. We were off, setting an average pace of 18-19 mph, rotating on the front to share the headwind… the miles flew by as we chatted about past rides, experiences and of course bikes. We stopped for three breaks along the way where Sean consumed as much food as possible, washed down with double cream to boost his calorie intake!
On the whole, the weather had been good to us, but the sky went black as we turned onto the final stretch alongside the River Dee. We received a good old ‘Welcome to Wales’ drenching just prior to completing the 112 mile course.
After a quick group photo, I set off on my 8 mile ride back to the campsite. Sean, on the other hand, headed off to get ready to do his 99th marathon!!”