"I didn’t do much cycling prior to 2010, just the ride to work now and then and a one-off London-to-Cambridge charity ride, but in the spring of that year I decided to tackle the Lands End to John o’ Groats trip to celebrate retirement from work. It was a good ride and I really enjoyed it, so afterwards I joined my local ‘University of the Third Age’ cycling group and tried to keep myself vaguely fit by going on their weekly rides around the area.
"One week I happened to mention to my fellow riders that it would be nice to go for an away trip of a couple of days.
"‘Sounds good, you organise it!’ was the response which I should have foreseen.
"Oh, all right then. So a month or so later off we set to the Isle of Wight for a leisurely (well we are all retired) circuit of the island."
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