In July 2010 I, with two other colleagues, were enrolled to do the C2C cycle ride from Whitehaven to Sunderland over two days, with an overnight stay in Alston. My colleagues were Gary Doherty and Vince Richards and we were all excited in anticipation of the challenge as we made our way to the start of the challenge on the 16th July 2010. The ride itself is 140 miles in total with Alston being the half way point.
We set off in torrential rain from Whitehaven and made our way on the C2C route. We were making good progress over the first 2 or 3 hours when disaster struck. At about the 40 miles mark, I fell off my bicycle and hit an on-coming car. My bicycle was a right-off and I had dislocated my shoulder, a painful injury not helped by the embarrassment of a long queue of traffic or the indignity of having to admit failure in front of my most competitive of brothers. After a brief visit to Carlisle General Hospital, where they skilfully and expertly reduced the dislocation, I returned home licking my wounds.
I remain to be convinced that if you fall off your bike the best thing to do is to get back on it and as yet I have not entered myself for any future cycle rides.