#FloodReTour Day 2 – Penzance to Plymouth, with a stop off for pasties
Day two started early after a wonderful night in our charming seafront accommodation. Breakfast was served sharply at 6:15am by our very own personal chef – of note were the croissants, which were exquisite. Fueled up, the team – again made up of Harriet Boughton, Gary McInally, Dan Byrne, Chris Bradbury, Andrew Creedon and Allay Naqvi – did some last minute kit adjustments and were waved off by Brendan McCafferty.
The team stopped for their first refreshments break in the town of Redruth, two hours after setting off. However, before the cycling team had time to catch their breath, the support team had one more surprise in stall – setting the meeting point at Redruth train station, which just so happened to be up quite a steep hill. Unfazed by this obstacle, the team soared up the incline and even had the energy to pose for a group photo.
With refreshed legs and refilled water bottles the team set off again, ready to cover the next 26 miles to Roche where they would stop for lunch. With the location set, the cyclists put in one last request – to ensure Cornish pasty was on the menu. The support team was only too happy to oblige, making sure they found the finest Cornish pasties Cornwall had to offer.
With steep hills ahead and the first meet and great of the trip set for 6:00pm in Plymouth, the team set off with a renewed urgency. The team attacked every hill they encountered, climbing 2,000 meters in one day! Special mention must go to Allay ‘King of the Hills’ Naqvi, who before yesterday hadn’t ridden a bike for 16 years.
With 87 miles behind them, the team pulled into Plymouth with no time to spare, heading straight for the meet and greet with local residents and councillors.
After some lively discussions, the event came to a close. With the team on the go since 6:15am – it was now time for showers, some food and then bed.