We asked Marcus to tell us what made the day so very special:
This Saturday, the scheduled day for the live event of the 8th Nelson’s Tour de Test Valley, turned into a very special day for me and the Pratt family.
As soon as the sun came up, and Nelson’s brother and I plus a couple of friends hit the Test Valley roads, riding the Full Monty 100 mile route for the first time since Nelson and did it over 10 years ago, the sadness and disappointment of not seeing everyone quickly turned into a powerful feeling of connection, community and one of an overriding spirit (excuse the pun).
This came from not just seeing so many ‘Ride On Nelly’ jerseys out on the normal routes, but also from the pictures and stories that started to pepper my phone and social media channels. Family, friends, strangers, seasoned riders, first timers, every timers, toddlers, tandem riders, hairy legs, shaved legs, skin suits, baggies – from the Isle of Skye to Cornwall, from Lisbon to California, it seemed hordes of people had embraced our virtual ride, stuffed their pockets full of ‘Edie’s Legendary Brownies’ and saddled up to ride their ‘favourite ride’. It’s was amazing to see and I’d lie if I said it wasn’t a bit emotional.