Cycle Challenge: Day One

Date: 06 May 2015

Day One - Aberdeen to Dundee

After a cracking send off from the parents, children and staff at our Treehouse Nursery at Robert Gordon University (which included the children leading the team off the start line on a variety of non-motorised toys and bicycles), the waiting was over - we were off!

Clare from our Altens Nursery led the riders on the first 3 miles of the route to her nursery site, where we were warmly welcomed by staff and children waving flags. We were then given a tour of the nursery which included a special appearances from Candy Floss, our health and safety superhero and Sally, our bicycle bear. After we joined the children in singing several verses of the wheels on my bike (bus!) and ceremoniously opening a series of bike rides by cutting the start line ribbon.

The weather was bright, but not for long. Today was going to be a day of two halves (actually, more like four quarters!)

We finally left Aberdeen and headed for the open road, taking the East Coast cycle route to Stonehaven. The next 20 miles were much of a blur as the Scottish weather threw the worst it had at us.
Our arrival at Stonehaven provided an opportunity for shelter, a hot beverage and a choice from the finest cake trolley in the world (we all passed on the parsnip soup). Several hundred calories later, we emerged refreshed, warmer and ready to recommence in a southerly direction towards Inverbervie... and the sun had finally broken through.

This stretch offered some wonderful scenery, including Dunnottar Castle, daffodil fields and views in the distance across the snow-capped peaks of the Cairngorms National Park.
Inverbervie to Montrose coastal road offered the finest views of the North Sea, big swell and huge rollers. Heading from Montrose to Arbroath our old friend the rain decided to join us. Arriving at around 16:00, we still had around 35m to Dundee.

After a quick lunch stop and warm-up, we pushed on towards Carnoustie and into Dundee. The whooping from James as the sun once again made an appearance nearly muffled David Venn's SNP mobile broadcast and surprised Jeremy so much he nearly came off his bike!
At approximately 19:00, I can honestly say that you have never seen 5 people so relieved to see the green lights of the hotel signage. A much needed intake of fluids, a stretch, shower, nutrition, and then bed.

If you wish to support the #BHCycleChallenge and would like to donate please visit: https://www.justgiving.com/BHFCCyclechallenge2015/ or donate by text, by texting “BHCC70” and your amount (e.g. £5) to 70070

To view more pictures from the cyclists and our nurseries please take a look at our gallery on our parent Facebook page: www.facebook.com/BrightHorizonsFamiliesUK