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Stoke to Basingstoke - cycling 200 miles to raise money for Naomi House Children's Hospice

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Stoke-on-Trent to Basingstoke; 7 cyclists, 200 miles, 2 days, Friday 26th - Saturday 27th September 2014

The Plan...

This was the easy bit really, the plan was for a number of our directors (and me) to ride from one office (in Stoke on Trent) to another (in Basingstoke) to raise money for Naomi House Children's hospice, simple....

But hang on a minute, that's 200 miles, in two days? Oh yes, 100 miles a day, back-to-back with some fairly decent (for the UK anyway) hills to get over and a total ascent of just under 7,500ft.

Well, the directors seemed up for it and talk was of training, kit and new wheels! So on to the planning.

The Planning...
Being "a cyclist" and having planned the Isle of Wight ride with a similar group in 2012 I was happy to plan the ride but in hindsight this was way more of a challenge than I expected it would be.

The route planning was the main worry but "luckily" we found a company that planned out the route for us although, as I found …