Dan Cherry, the former Glamorgan opener and current Stadium Manager at the Swalec Stadium, is writing a blog during the Big Bike Ride
An air of nervousness hung over Newport train station as the Welsh contingent met bright and early this morning ahead of our 6 hour journey to Durham for the first leg. Talk soon turned to hills, gels, potholes and clipping ‘in and out’ as we snaked our way ‘up North’.
On arrival at the ‘haunted’ Lumley Castle it all started to become real – mechanics were working on the bikes, there were crates of water everywhere and pasta was being whipped up in a frenzy in the kitchen. It was like pre- season all over again as the current and former cricketers hunted out the kit stash and the familiar cries of ‘ it doesn’t fit me’ filled the air. However it was great to see so many people all here with the same aim – to have fun and to raise money for 2 great cricketing charities.
The big news of the day came at 6.45pm as the 3 groups were announced with Ian ‘Bolts’ Thomas unveiled as the leader of Group 3. Time will tell if he can steer us in the right path and hopefully we end up in Leeds and not Glasgow!
The air of nervousness was still in the air as we made our way to our rooms to prepare for a long day ahead but the briefing room was still buzzing with bonds and friendships being created that will be needed tomorrow as we all share the pain and effort required to cycle 100 miles!
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