I was looking forward to the chance of riding with the one and only Sir Bradley Wiggins in 2013’s Ride with Brad up in Lancashire. Additionally because Laura Trott, Dani King and Joanna Rowsell from the Wiggins’ backed Team Wiggle-Honda were along for the ride too.
However, it turned out to be a very lonely ride in Lancashire for me. Luckily the route had an interesting ending in some brutally steep, rough farm tracks up and over, back into Barnoldswick.
I knew it would be impossible for them to meet everyone at the event but I had anticipated something along the lines of when Sir Chris Hoy rode around Box Hill promoting his new bikes, where riders were graded on speed, the fastest going first with Chris, then he would slowly drop back along the road allowing everyone to have a chat and a ride alongside the Olympic champion.
The organizers had also mentioned Brad would mingle in his cycling ‘festival’ afterwards so it was a surprise to see him finish the ride and head straight out-of-sight into the VIP area – as did the Wiggle-Honda girls.
Would I do the event again? No. It’s a long, arduous drive and an expensive weekend trip for little return.