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Garden City Bikers cycle from London to Brussels

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Father and daughter Keith and Hannah Entwisle from Letchworth Garden City took part in the 3 Cities Cycle Ride in May 2013, in support of the Multiple Sclerosis Trust. Keith tells us about their experience below:

Well, we are back in one piece and both Hannah and I had a great time. Yes it was tough at times, especially for the 'old man', but we did it. It was a wonderful experience and Hannah is already thinking about her next challenge. As for me that was my second one and one I will remember for the rest of my life.

Overall we cycled 354 miles in 4 days and we are heading towards £4,500 including Gift Aid so far as team "Garden City Bikers" for the MS Trust.

Day 1: We cycled 92 miles from Stratford East London across Essex to Harwich. It was wet at times and cold, and in a way were pleased that we did not know there were so many hills!!

Day 2: After the overnight ferry to the Hook of Holland we set off early to Amsterdam along the sand dunes cycle paths, mostly going upwards to the delight of retired Dutch people on their sit up and beg bikes going the other way. We cycled 60 miles that day.

Day 3: On Friday it was our longest day in the saddle for 12 hours and 130 miles. The weather was sunny and the wind was behind us most of the time. The flat cycle paths in Holland and into Belgium were a joy, however our mileage included an extra 15 miles as we both missed direction arrows! Overnight in Turnout.

Day 4: On the last day we cycled 72 miles. The hills in Belgium on the way to Brussels were long and tough. We eventually arrived in Brussels at 5.30pm.

Overall, it was a most enjoyable cycle challenge. Consuming countess bananas, multigrain bars and bottles of water, we found we gained strength each day (thank goodness!). In both Holland and Belgium the cyclist is top dog and has right of way at all roundabouts and junctions - the UK has a lot to learn. It made a big difference to having 40ft trucks thundering beside us on the A120 on the last 10 miles to Harwich!

Keith Entwisle

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