Oct 01 2012

The final day of the “Beyond Gold” charity cycle ride

ISG Beyond Gold Challenge – Day 3

My alarm went off at 5.30am telling me it was time to get up for Day 3 of the ISG Beyond Gold Challenge. As I got out of bed my legs were telling me that they didn’t want to cycle another 88 miles after a hard Day 2. After a good breakfast and a few repairs to a couple of the bikes, we were rolling out of the hotel car park at 7.30am with a view to being in London by 4.00pm. The first mile was a downhill roll but then this was quickly followed by the first climb of the day. Then the climbs kept coming for the first hour or so before we were able to settle in and begin making up time across the Weald and back down into Sussex en-route to Box Hill. At least it wasn’t raining!

We stopped for lunch just east of Gatwick having covered around 45 miles and to be honest I could have happily jumped in the support vehicle and stayed there for the rest of the trip such was the pain my legs were now feeling. Just 40 odd miles and the Box Hill climb to go and no rain or punctures.

During the previous 2 days, I had found that I was getting stronger later into the ride and the 3rdday was no different and by the time we reached Box Hill I was looking forward to the challenge of the climb in the knowledge that with this out of the way the real work was done. Rich narrowly lost out to one of the guys from Warren Lee (ISG supplier) in the King of the Mountains challenge to be first to the top having been neck and neck all the way up but finishing within a bike length when they reached the café. I finished midfield and achieved a personal best time for the climb so a good show from the CONJECT team.


Lunch at the top of Boxhill

A cup of tea and cake was then the order of the day and this was followed by a photo session with the great views from Box Hill in the background. (I’ll try and post copies later next week). We then set off on the last 25 miles to London with a view of getting there inside an hour and a half. Within 10 minutes the rain started to fall and this stayed with us all the way to the end. A quick ride through the London traffic and then the first puncture of the day couldn’t dampen the spirits as we crossed Putney Bridge all together across the width of the road.

It was a great feeling and a great experience for a great cause. The camaraderie and team spirit was great and I am sure that we will ride with many if not all of the team again at some point in the future. I would like to thank everyone involved in organising and supporting the ride, I would like to thank Colin and Steve for CONJECT’s sponsorship of the event and I would also like to thank everyone that sponsored Richard and I on this ride – thank you very much.

You can still support this great cause for the next week or so by clicking on the link below:


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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