Danny Crates, inspirational and motivational speaker and Paralympic gold medallist, blogs about the final days of the Deloitte Ride Across Britain.
“We had been warned that stages 8 and 9 would be the hardest days of the ride because of the number of hills we would have to climb, but I didn’t realise it would be as difficult as it turned out to be,” said Crates.
My morning in Bath did not start well. It took me a while to get myself sorted the riders who I’d be riding with all week, had been waiting for me for about half an hour. Then, as we were waiting for our turn to start, Steve from Halfords noticed that my brakes were locking up. This was not good news.”
“The descent immediately out of Bath was truly hair-raising, a very steep hill with many junctions and I was pleased to see the back of it.”
Danny continues to talk about the difficulties he faced on the challenge.
“The last day of the ride was actually probably the darkest and most difficult one of the whole nine days for me. Coming out of pit-stop 1, I hit a really black spot in my mind and I could not concentrate at all.”
But with his skills at overcoming adversity, Danny ended his journey on a high.
“It was an absolutely magical moment to cross the finish line as a team, and it really felt like we had achieved something amazing. Many of the riders stayed around to welcome one particular rider across the finish line: a guy called Alan, who had cycled the entire 1,000 miles in a hand-cycle. To watch him cross the line was one of the most emotional moments of my life. He had put in such a gutsy performance and, although he is far too modest to admit it, he was an inspiration to many on the Ride.”