Day two of the West 280 Hero Ride started off well with the glorious sunshine! After a morning of riding out of Exeter the group hit their first true climb of the day just after Strete Ralegh. Tackling it with gusto, they dug deep and reached the summit before enjoying the long roll down into Gosford.
At around 11am the group stopped in Honiton, the home of Alan Rowe MBE, founder of the Baton Charity. Mr Rowe used the ends of a stretcher bought back from Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, to create the batons that contain a message of gratitude to servicemen and women and their families. Four of the Hero Ride routes are carrying the batons with them, so it was wonderful to meet the man behind it.
After Honiton it wasn’t long until a well-earned lunch in the beautiful village of Stockland. Surrounded by stunning vistas the team could lay back and soak up the sunshine before pushing on for the final 25 miles.
With just a couple more lumpy bits to go, including the long and windy Pinkham Hill, everyone was glad of another water stop at Lawrence Kellet where a neighbouring field was filled with people playing a very civilised game of croquet! They didn’t seem to mind the loud and sweaty cyclists turning up, especially when they were offered the left over flapjacks!
And finally, the group got their helmets back on to push towards Yeovil, where after 100 miles of cycling in two days, hot showers and soft beds were met with enthusiasm!