East Coast Bike Challenge: Boston Harbour to Plymouth, Massachusetts



It's the end of day 1 on the Velindre East Coast Bike Challenge and the troops have well and truly started their gruelling journey.

They've just pedalled over the line in Plymouth, Massachusetts after leaving Boston Harbour this morning. The team have travelled 72km today, one of the shortest legs of their 5 day cycling challenge.

After a hearty American breakfast and final bike fittings they were fuelled and ready for the start of their challenge.
The first part of their route was fairly busy with morning traffic, but once they navigated the city, the roads became
quieter and more open with good hard shoulders to cycle on.

The bikes being prepared before the first leg of the Boston to New York journey.

The terrain for this particular leg is pretty flat with some small undulations, which acted as a 'nice' way to get some of the less experienced riders used to being in the saddle.

The team of charity supporters, staff and ambassadors passed through Weymouth and Kingston before reaching their finishing point for day one at Plymouth, famous for Plymouth Rock – the traditional site of the Pilgrim Mayflower landing in 1620.

 Andy Moore, Huw Bennett, Martyn Williams, Jiffy, Mike Hall

Ex rugby players Andy Moore, Huw Bennett, Martyn Williams, Jiffy and Mike Hall pre ride

The riders take a well earned lunch break. 20 miles down 25 to go today 

Photo credit: Neil Ballard

Tomorrow the riders have a very early start. It will be one of the longest of their 5 days in the saddle. They will be following the coast road in Plymouth before heading inland toward small summer beach town Narrangansett. 




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