Team ARM take on the Marlow Red Kite Ride for ADS

On Sunday 3rd September around 0830, 12 Arm cyclists (including guests) started arriving at Marlow Sports Club for our 0900 start on the 50 mile Marlow Kite Ride; our annual charity cycle ride for Arm Maidenhead!; this year raising funds for Alzheimers Dementia Support ‘ADS’, a local charity to the Maidenhead office supporting Dementia sufferers and their carers in the local area with education, activities and practical help.

Well done to all the Arm Maidenhead cyclists and their guests on completing the ride!!
See photo attached which was taken in the morning before we left…..
from left to right 
(Rob Coombs, Debbie Barker, Alice Donato, Tony Newbold, Mark Walker, Rahoul Varma, James King, Simon Cottee, Simon Moore, Rohan Varma and Janak Mistry)

Thank you for all the support …… and thank you Arm for supporting ‘ADS’!

How we got on:

At 0900 we all set off out of Marlow going up towards the Chilterns – first hill was slow and about 4-5 miles long before hitting Fingest which is about a mile away from Cobstone Windmill (this windmill featured in the children’s film – Chitty Chitty Bang Bang)

At around 1100 after 25 miles of climbs and descents, we all met at the feed station except for our youngest participant (15) who apparently was spotted by an organiser charging through….. The feed station had an assortment snacks; including pork pies, flapjacks, bananas and jelly babies….

After our second major climb of the day, Swyncombe Hill, we (Mark C) had a minor blip with a puncture; disappointingly my kit (except an inner tube) was with my 15 year old son.…. It was Rob Coombs that came to the rescue with his CO2 cartridge which got us back on the road in minutes, while 3 new bike pumps surfaced (all set up for Schrader valves)…. , after the fix it was wet and drizzling, but reasonably pleasant and cool for cycling.

At around 1215 most of us passed Henley-on-thames and were riding up towards Wargrave, White Waltham and back into West Maidenhead.

Finally, the route took us back into Marlow via a steep descent down Quarry Wood, complete with an alpine style hairpin bend followed by the iconic Marlow Bridge to the finish at Marlow Sports Club.

Most of the team rolled in at about 4hrs (with the exception of the youngest participant who came in at 3hr 23 riding solo, overtaking who he could); after rolling in most of us enjoyed a refreshing pint of Rebellion beer…. and a can of sparkling Tango for our under aged participant!

Thanks to all who supported us with donations for this important charity, the just giving page is still open!