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Sherbourne Fields School

Sherbourne Fields School

Bike 4 Bikes

Over the May bank holiday Charlie, Tshanah & Sam took part in a bike ride from Coventry City Centre to Plas Dol y Moch in North Wales. 174 miles in 2 & a ½ days!

Over the May bank holiday Charlie, Tshanah & Sam took part in a bike ride from Coventry City Centre to Plas Dol y Moch in North Wales. 174 miles in 2 & a ½ days!

Dol y Moch are aiming to raise funds to build a bike track and to purchase bikes for the students to ride. This will include specially adapted bikes for students with disabilities. In order to do this they need to raise £20000.

On Friday 1st May we headed to the transport museum to meet up with the 20 other teaching staff from across Coventry to start the bike ride. After a quick appearance on BBC CWR & a sandwich we were on our way to Coalsport, our destination for the evening. We left Coventry at 12.30pm & headed for the canal towpaths all the way to Wolverhampton, followed by roads to the hostel. The terrain was tough, and the journey long. Several punctures, broken spokes, crashes & 9 hours later we finally arrived; shattered and hungry. 72 miles done.

We were up early to repair damaged bikes & fuel up on breakfast ready for the ride ahead to Lake Vyrnwy. The route was undulating & the second we crossed the Welsh border it began to rain! The road seemed endless. Finally we reached a sign for Lake Vyrnwy. Only 20 miles to go. All uphill… In the freezing, driving rain…

We eventually found our hostel for the night. 23 people, 18 beds, 2 toilets & 1 cold shower! 62 more miles done.

Sunday morning we were up early to tackle the shortest distance but the steepest hills. The rain was lashing down, & the hills were horrendous! Our legs were burning & our feet were freezing. Sheer will power got us through some of the toughest roads we have ever encountered. Finally after climbing & descending 2 of the highest passes in the UK we reached Dol y Moch. Another 40 miles done.

The staff welcomed us with a roaring fire, warm showers, hot curry (& a well-earned beer or 2!!)

Overall it was the toughest challenge any of us have undertaken, but extremely rewarding & all for a fantastic cause.