I’ve just returned from visiting 7 churches in 7 days by bike. 5 friends and I cycled from Stirling to Pitlochry then on to Fort William, Oban, Lochgilphead, Islay, Dunoon, Helensburgh and completed our ride by cycling to the Baptist Union Sports Day in Stirling. 430 miles, 5 ferry crossings, 2 islands, about 50 bananas and no punctures!
People have started to ask, how did you do it? Quite simply, we did it together. Tony was the support car driver. After every 20 miles, at the top of every major climb, at the end of the day checking us into our hostel for the night, there was Tony. He smiled, he joked, he bought bananas and when my spoke broke, he had the spare wheel to put on.
‘Dangerous Dave’ was the work horse of the group. When the wind blew Dave would move to the front and punch a hole in the air for the rest of us to slipstream. He sat out front for up to 30 minutes at a time, driving everyone forward.