In June this year, our Account Lead Kate Gordon joined Club Peloton’s Legal & General Real Assets pedElle 2019 – a 400km cycle ride from Siena to Rome. Kate accompanied 48 women from the property industry in their challenge to cover the distance and the climbs over a three-day period and raise as much money as possible for children’s charity Coram, and Club Peloton’s other charity beneficiaries.
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Day one started with a hearty breakfast on the hotel balcony followed by a quick photo call before the group rolled out of Siena and into the picturesque countryside. The ride was broken up into three stages, each one full of challenging climbs especially in temperatures rising to the mid-thirties. Roadside cheers from local vineyard workers helped keep spirits high, as did a traditional Italian lunch, which provided plenty of fuel for the afternoon’s riding. Arriving into the beautiful historic town of Montepulciano was a welcome sight after a long day.
With temperatures hitting 28° by 11am, the second day was another hot one! The morning’s route clocked up 86km with some really tough climbs in high temperatures. A much-needed lunch break of cheese tagliatelle and profiteroles, helped push the peloton on to the final 30km stage of the day. The views of Lake Bolensa in the distance were a welcome sight as the riders were treated to a number of thrilling descents on their way to the hotel, followed by a dip in the lake or the pool (depending on how brave they were feeling!).D
An early start with much cooler temperatures made the morning climb on the final day a much more comfortable experence. There were plenty of tired legs but the adrenaline was pumping for the final 145km in the saddle. A change of landscape and an unexpected thunderstorm made the morning pass quickly, along with a coffee break and amazing apple cake. After lunch it was time for the final push to Rome, leaving behind the motorcycle outriders and support crew as the riders took the 11km cycle path along the river towards Rome. It was a pleasant ride, free of traffic, offering the chance to take in the outskirts of the city.H
Arriving in Rome, the group were met by a representative from the British Embassy, a local cycle tour group (BiciRoma) and three Polizei. The peloton was then given an incredible police escort to the Vatican for a group photo call and celebratory glass of Aperol Spritz! It was a huge achievement for the pedElle riders, having ridden 400km and climbed over 5200m from Siena to Rome over three hot, gruelling days.
A journey to remember
pedElle was an incredible experience and one that cemented friendships, created a huge sense of camaraderie and raised more than £60,000 for Coram and Club Peloton’s other charity beneficiaries. Congratulations to Kate and all the riders – a fantastic achievement!
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