Archive for year 2010
3 Men On A Bike (Lands End To London) – We did it!
- October 1st 2010 three unfit (but getting fitter) directors from Roland UK and a bunch of other music industry colleagues set off on a 430 mile bike ride from Lands End to London to raise money for Music for All & the British Heart Foundation
- So far we have raised almost £22,000 with further support still coming in. Please support us however you can via sponsorship or a donation via our secure Just Giving pages
It seems like weeks ago that we were at Lands End in the pouring rain with a mountain (quite literally) ahead of us to climb.
420 miles seemed like an impossibility, but as I sit in a car driving out of London, Tower Bridge and now the Houses of Parliament on the right it’s only just dawning on us all what we have just achieved.
More on this later. For now we need to finish off Day 7.
Dinner at Redhill Premier Inn turned into an awards night for three men on a bike. Categories such as best road, best hill, worst hotel, most expensive bike, hardest looking rider, smelliest helmet and best road kill were some of the many that were debated and awarded. Simon (G) modelled Peter’s man bag with and without shirt, we’re still not sure which he carried off best. It was one of the funniest nights I’ve ever had and topped an extraordinary week of endurance, challenge and friendship. More >
A quiet day planned after the full-on 70 miles from Portsmouth to Eastbourne (via Beachy Head!) yesterday.
Tony White (Bonners) was our guest rider for the day – perhaps we should come clean now and call them victims? Tony took us on cycle route 21 for the first 8 miles of the run, locally known as the Cuckoo Trail. James was hugely excited at the prospect of seeing some birds. Peter and Simon were equally enthusiastic, but I think they were on the lookout for a different type of wildlife. We did see a bird (flying) but it could have been anything. Simon (G) suggested an albatross. More >
Some anticipation to this day from several quarters. However, we need to finish off Day 5 first.
Dinner after the Nevada gig had been booked at Zizzi’s. Simon and Terry (the Boyz from PMT) needed to settle pre-ride nerves with some pasta and sparkling water. This was just as well, as this useless restaurant (apparently they have 50 outlets) had no chicken and no meat!? The restaurant was packed…briefly. Anyway, having found something on the menu that could be served, the staff then preceded to outperform the Premier Inn restaurant crew with service that would have made poor Mr Zizzi turn in his grave.
NB suggest you do not use this restaurant, EVER!
Early night (not) and day 6 was upon us. The Boyz were in for breakfast, slightly the worse for wear….must have slept badly!
A short drive back to Nevada to pick up the bikes was not without incident. Griffiths managed to upset white van man, coming close to a full on confrontation at some traffic lights. As the three burly blokes stepped from their van to confront him, we were relieved to see them wearing Three Men on a Bike jerseys. I think it spiced up a rather tedious rush hour in Portsmouth. More >
We got back late last night to the hotel after the gig with Howard Jones at Absolute Music and just caught last orders at the restaurant. What a relief as we were all starving. The waiters were clearly in no hurry to get home and I think it was at least 10.30pm when the starters arrived. After 58 miles that day, and no food since lunch this was somewhat challenging. Clearly this particular Premier Inn restaurant had missed the training day that covered the ‘premier’ bit.
We were late to bed and to be doubly secure, I can report another first for me this week – I slept with my bike. There was a rumour that I’d chained it to my toilet seat. It was in fact the only secure point in the room but by the time I got in anyway, the bike was asleep. More >
A reprieve came in the form of Janine and Dean who whisked our kit off to the nearest laundrette to save our blushes for the next few days of the ride, only for Dean to whisk his own kit off a la Nick Kamen in the Levis 501 advert.
We’ll let you decide whether Dean is a match for Nick or not! More >
An overnight at the Lordleaze Hotel started off in style as we rode (quite literally) into the bar to find a line of cold lagers awaiting! (thanks mum!)
What fantastic hosts and a great place to stay.
That evening they were running a local carnival committee fund raising quiz and Peter, characteristically, arrested the mic from the quiz master and got a Three Men plug in, filling one of our collecting tins. I hope they managed to save some change for their carnival.
A glorious day awaited us the next morning and what a welcome for our first guest rider, Sean Montgomery. After the essential meeting with Ollie, Rose had arranged a daily (or so Sean thought) ‘inspection’. This involved some serious blowing down a tube (alcohol test) and the deposit of a small sample in a cup (another test….). More >
An air of some expectation hung over us at dinner last night. Even optomisticweather.com (Simon’s Russian iPhone weather app) wasn’t looking good. Day 3 was the highest elevation of the whole ride (just under 4000 ft / 61 miles) and pouring rain was promised. Great company and a team spirit got us through the evening, helped in no uncertain part by Rose’s laundry service (clean shorts for everyone, at last).
Simon’s (L) discovery of a Cheese Mite, quite tasty he said, was to begin a 24 hr animaltastic episode in our cycling lives. More >
Unfortunately things didn’t start quite so well, as a strong smell of vomit greeted us in reception on the way to breakfast. Simon (SG) swears it wasn’t him although the late night drinks he had with Alyn (our driver and Ollie minder) can’t have helped. They were doing a lot of cleaning around his room…. More >
One wonders if it might have been slightly easier to stand under a cold shower all day! As I sit in the Premier Inn in Bodmin reflecting on the appalling day’s weather, the sun has just come out – it’s a cruel world!
The journey down yesterday was long, but uneventful. Lands End is one heck of a long way away. Travelled down with Peter, Simon and James. Simon Lewis (Music Tech) made his own way there and we met up later for dinner with the very charming Mary. Our support crew, Terry and Rose (June) and their son Alyn drove the rather full van. A key highlight was discovering what Peter’s been up to since the age of 9. You’ll have to ask him…. More >
With just over 24 hours to go until the ride begins, over £14,000 has been raised in aid of Music for All and the British Heart Foundation. However, with the long-range weather forecast painting a bleak picture (it’s going to pour down) the “Three Men on a Bike” team need your continued support. More >
After the trauma of their “pot hole incident”, we’re delighted to hear that Simon and Terry from PMT are back on the road again and are training hard for the ride which starts at 10am this Friday Oct 1st.
Check out the video of Simon & Terry training here
Three Men on a Bike initiative sees two men off a bike and hears calls for help
Simon Gilson and Terry Hope of PMT, who were hoping to take part on the October 6th leg of the Three Men on a Bike charity ride from Lands End to London, have been involved in an incident, seeing the pair crash their specially ordered tandem bicycle into road works in Southend town centre.
Eyewitnesses have described the crash as ‘a pot-hole incident’. More >
Andrew from sales support at Roland, decided to shave his head to raise money for Three men on a bike!
Here is the photo evidence…he didnt bother to tell his wife beforehand though, whoops.
Well done to Andrew. Over £50 raised for British Heart Foundation and Music for all.
The 80’s legend that is Howard Jones has agreed to be a guest peddlar on Three Men on a Bike!
Lets hope he can fit training in between dates on his massive UK tour
As the ride edges closer and the riders begin to feel the reality of the challenge set in, help is at hand in the form of Terry and Rose Jones, who will be putting the riders though their paces to ensure they can and will perform on the day!
Here’s a bit about Terry…
Terry Jones has over 20 years experience as a 3rd Dan Shotokan Martial Arts instructor and was a regular member of the Welsh squad. He has also had over 18 years experience in Triathlon and Multisport Events and has represented Great Britain at both the World Long Course Triathlon Championships and the World Aquathlon Championships. More >
On the 1st October 2010 I will be saddling up for a bike ride from Lands End to London with my colleagues from Roland UK Peter Heath and Simon Griffiths.
Cycling well over 400 miles seems like a slightly mad undertaking for me considering the sum of my previous cycling experience is pootling to the local sweet shop and back as a child. More >