With the countdown clock ticking away we decided to start a Sunday training session.
The weather forecast wasn't great but eight hardy souls showed up outside the Delaval Arms at 9.30 am.
We set off down the track to St Mary's lighthouse and along the coast to Tynemouth. As expected on a bright, sunny Sunday morning there were plenty of dogwalkers, joggers and fellow cyclists en route. At Tynemouth we picked up NCN 72 heading west along the River Tyne. Two of our number left us at the Royal Quays and the remaining six cyclists pushed on towards Newcastle.
Eventually we reached our destination, the ever welcoming Cycle Hub.
The Hub was busy and we had to wait a while for our reward.
Suitably refreshed, we headed back along NCN 72 to the Royal Quays and then followed NCN 10 to Shiremoor. The final leg took us to Earsdon, then down Monkseaton Drive to the sea front where we retraced our route back to the Delaval Arms.
32 miles completed at a respectable pace without any problems. We plan to make our Sunday morning sessions a regular feature of our Cycle Challenge 2014 preparations.