Posted on Monday 21 July 2014 by Nick Bloom
At 08.00 at Cafe Barracuda, the annual ritual of the Central London audax begins. Robert and Kristina, the pathfinders, are fuelling up to ride round the route in time to help at the finish. Christine – on new but definitely not shiny bike – and Richard are setting out to run the control at Ardeley. Next Ken, complete with retired guide dog, who will be the official starter (Ken that is, not the dog, who should have been sent with some of the riders).
The first riders turn up, before we’re operational. But they’re easily sorted and relax with a coffee. By 08.30 the well oiled Team Barracuda (Tris, Mark, Sean & Brendan) – is in position dealing with entries. Bob patrols and controls the paths so the gathering groups don’t block the locals. The only complaint was from a cyclist riding, with child behind, at full pelt along the pavement. The cafe staff, a little bemused by the whole affair, race to & fro with coffee and snacks.
There’s now a crowd of over 100. more »