It's a few days since the B2E Wheelers rolled into Margate and completed their cross country ride and you've seen the round up posts I did on the third and fourth days. It struck me that it would be a good idea to draw it all together and tell you about the trip as a whole, our experiences and how we felt about the ride and its completion. But, in thinking this through it struck me there was a more important story to tell.
So Chris and I cycled across England, covered over 250 miles and climbed above 11,000ft in the four days. A great achievement that my legs and my stomach felt equally. Our supporters also helped us raise over £6,000, a great acheivement for which we are very grateful. But, we couldn't have done any of it without our soigneur team.
My Mum and I have a moment as the ride ends.
For those who don't know, in a cycling team the soigneur is the person who runs around getting food, clothes and supporting the main riders. The words translates roughly as 'one who helps' and no team is complete without them. For Chris and I, Maddy and Janet were invaluable to the completion of the B2E Wheelers' journey. This doesn't happen without them.
Similarly, my Dad has made great progress in the twelve months since he was ill. But, as Chris and I couldn't have done our ride without our soigneur team, so Dad couldn't have achieved all he has done without his. My Mum has been a rock to him and all others, putting hours of emotional and physical support into getting him to where he is today.
We should never forget the vast reserves of dedication, energy and tenacity required to be a carer; to be a soigneur. On the road, in the home or in the hospital this is a role that often goes un-noticed, un-championed, but the achievements of others do not come about without the work and care of these individuals.
So, here's to the soigneurs. Thank you, we couldn't have done it without you.