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The Grand Finale

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The Grand Finale

The day started with a ferry crossing from Dartmouth, then followed with a bit of faster riding than normal as we had to arrive on time in Seaton in order to meet the waiting crowds.

It was slightly unusual leaving Dartmouth, the last time that we would be together, and the last of 64 morning rises with a bike ride ahead of us, many saying goodbyes in advance of the finish, knowing it would be a quite hectic day.

Another ferry and a bit of lunch, we rode into Exmouth where a small group of riders were waiting for us. The group contained some familiar faces of those that had been part of the Tour for a week or two; faces not seen for 50 days in some cases.

The small group expanded with yet more cyclists as we very steadily rolled up and down the hills of Sidmouth, some familiar to us, while others were just local cyclists who wanted to show their support for The Great Tour by joining us for the final kilometres.

At Seaton Hole a larger group of Axe Valley Pedlars joined in along with a mobile PA & very large bicycle that had previously been used at The Tour of Britain start in Hatherleigh nearly a year ago.

So the entrance to the Great Tour finish was pretty loud as we were welcomed back into Seaton by a large crowd, 64 days after we departed back in July.

The day was finished off with a Waitrose buffet & speeches, a great thank you to those present at the time. Of course many of those sponsors, suppliers, riders and people who have helped out over the previous 64 days and made The Great Tour such a memorable and rewarding experience for all concerned weren’t present to receive their thanks and applause, so on behalf of everyone involved in The Great Tour I’d like to thank everyone who played a part, however big or small.

From our Official Partners Waitrose and our charities Caravan and The Prostate Cancer Charity to the various ferrymen who have taken us across various bodies of water during the course of The Great Tour, thank you. Thank you for being a part of this unique and epic endurance challenge, and we hope to see you all again on a bike soon.

Posted by Graeme
06/09/2010

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