Sep 28 2012

Duncan details day 2 of the “Beyond Gold” challenge charity cycle ride

ISG Beyond Gold Challenge – Day 2

That’s two days completed with Day 2 proving to be significantly harder than Day 1. 92 miles and more than 5,000 feet of climbing across Sussex and Kent and tired legs from Day 1. But fine weather and no rain so that was a bonus.

The day started with a visit to Chestnut Tree House where a few of the kids were presented with Gold Medals and one of the ride shirts (which feature the event sponsors including CONJECT). This made the hard work worthwhile and really helped motivate the team later in the day when after 7 hours riding we encountered yet another climb. (Definitely the last one of the day as each hill has become known on the ride).

The ride generally moved along at a good pace today but it wasn’t without incident. In total we experienced 6 punctures, a broken gear shift, a broken spoke and a couple of crashes. Well when I say crashes Mark from ISG PLC managed to overcook a corner on a fast, wet decent whilst yours truly managed to go over the handlebars rolling out of the car park after lunch. Very glad most of the team had already left and no one got a picture!

So an incident packed day and plenty of riding resulting in aching limbs and early retirements from the bar in the evening.

Tomorrow we plan to set off at 7.30am in order to try and get back into London before the rush hour so it’s a 6.30am breakfast, a few running repairs then 88 miles of riding including the ascent of Box Hill. Oh how I am so very much looking forward to it – I might forget to set the alarm!

The sponsorship total continues to rise towards our target and having met the kids and staff at Chestnut Tree House today the effort really feels worthwhile. You can still support this great cause through sponsorship by clicking on the link below:


You can also follow my progress on Twitter: @DuncanKneller

About the author

Duncan Kneller

Duncan Kneller is director of sales at Conject. He joined the company in 2000 and quickly established himself as a key sales and account manager, before taking on the sales director role in 2011. Duncan has also spearheaded the company's cycling fund-raising events in recent years.

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