Our team braved the wind and the rain on Sunday to take part in the Basingstoke Big Wheel charity cycle ride.
The event was all in aid of St Michael’s Hospice, Basingstoke, a charity that means a lot to everyone at Mysoft. Unfortunately it was a bit of a miserable day with the rain pelting down but that didn’t stop our team who donned their rain jackets to tackle the 31 mile route. Read our story of the day below:
Brian, Brendan, Sam (Brendan's Son) and Martin
The event was all to raise money for St. Michael’s Hospice, donate here!
It was an early (for a Sunday) start of 9am for our team. It wasn’t looking good with rain falling from 8 o’clock that morning. The weather was so bad that the organisers cancelled the longer 63 mile route for safety reasons, meaning that the numbers for the 31 mile cycle were significantly increased. Considering the weather there was still a great turnout and the Mysoft team were all ready and raring to go.
Our team at the starting line, ready to go!
We managed to get a quick picture of our new Mysoft jerseys at the starting point, although it was a bit of a reluctant one as it meant removing the much needed waterproofs and letting in the rain!
The cyclists battling through the rain!
The route was a beautiful trail through the North Hampshire countryside and a route all our cyclists agreed they would definitely be riding again, although perhaps on a dryer day! The weather did make it quite tough going. The rain washed grit into the road causing lots of punctures and the persistent downpour meant you either couldn’t see with your glasses on or had to deal with the painful pelts when taking them off.
Brendan and Marting keeping the pace up
Thankfully the route was really well manned with lots of stops for water and energy refuelling bananas. The team at St Michaels Hospice did a really great job of organising the event and cheering everyone along.
Simon, Brian, Brendan, Sam and Martin
They all made it! Big smiles at the finish line and well deserved medals
Though the rain made it a tough course all our cyclists still really enjoyed the day’s event. Considering the weather they managed an impressive time of 2 hours, 20 minutes. The hard work was all to raise money for the brilliant St Michaels Hospice and you can still donate by following the link below:
A massive thank you to everyone that has already sponsored us and to St Michael’s Hospice for organising such a great day.