The 2014 Wiggle No Excuses

by Adam on 6, March, 2014

No Excuses

 

It’s been a long cold winter since last years’ jolly down in Devon last year, but like the Spring flowers slowly popping their heads up through the once frozen earth the Guvnors Assembly (Should Know Better Branch) have been downing the cod liver oil to lubricate their joints and popping a bit of oil on last years’ chains and generally making sure everything is ship-shape and Bristol fashion.

The “Wiggle No Excuses” is a Cambridge sportive unique in the fact that as long as you complete the ride you receive a full refund of your entry fee, or if you fail to make the event the money is passed onto charity. Early last year Mr Dodger popped the event up on the forum and as usual he promised the Guvnors Assembly that it was basically flat, and contrary to his usual form was true to his word. Six men stepped forward to answer the call.

Fortune, as ever favours the brave and the foolish and the weather for the event was cold and dry, after waiting for a couple of stragglers to turn up (sorry chaps), we assembled into team riding formation ready for the off, the flag dropped and we were away.

Mr Lincstcq, had signed up for the 40 miler and left us about ten miles into the ride, although interestingly his time was half that of us riding the longer route – the full 80 next year sir?

The rest of us pushed on with our adventure.

Sportives, like our GA Jollies are an excellent way to see parts of the country that a fellow may not usually see, and of course what better way to see these parts than by bike? We were lucky enough to have Mr Kenneth from these environs riding with us who happens to be a local chap and as such offered plenty of insider knowledge about the area.

Eighty miles later we were back over the finish line with the sort of welcome that seems to be reserved for the GA, this maybe down to the fact that the organisers can begin to pack up, but we believe it is down to the GA having a charm that puts a smile on even the most weary rider.

After a pint of anti-cramp juice we retired back to our lodgings  before heading out for our evening meal in the company of the King of Belgium and a remarkably dry evening.

Mr Kenneth, a pleasure making your acquaintance. A Chapeau must be raised to Mr Lincstcq and Mr Kenneth for the completion of their first sportive. Well done gentlemen.

My we also thank Mr Josh Neil? For being a Stirling fellow and not only getting up at some unearthly hour to take photographs of the GA but kind enough to share them via the GA’s Flickr site.

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Pip March 11, 2014 at 12:06 am

That photograph is a bit ‘Butch Cassidy and the Sundance kid’….a bit old and faded….coincidence …..I think not!
Pip.

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Adam March 12, 2014 at 10:35 pm

Can I be Butch?

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Pip March 14, 2014 at 11:38 am

You can but try!

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Kenneth March 15, 2014 at 3:30 pm

And what better people to pop the sportive cherry with.
I do hope you enjoyed your stay in this neck of the woods, I’ve been out since and can still hear the timbre of the other riders around me. What a wonderful break in the weather 😉 we Cambridgians know how to turn the weather

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