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Coldest bike ride ever  

In preparation for a longer trip in March, we travelled to Birmingham in the Cyclehome for the NEC Caravan & Motorhome Show on Friday, completed the No Excuses Cambridgeshire Sportive on Saturday and spent a couple of nights at the Sandringham Estate before travelling home again.

As the weather forecast was for it to be cold and getting colder, we thought this would be an ideal time to see how well the central heating system in the Cyclehome worked.


We travelled to the NEC and spent Thursday night at the temporary site in the car park, and then spent a good few hours of Friday wandering round the various stands at the Show. There were a great many stands with accessories, awnings, and sites to look at, as well as many makes of caravan and motorhome. It was interesting for us to compare the size, layout, styling and quality of finishing of the various motorhomes with ours. Obviously, we wouldn’t swap any of them for ours, which we preferred in all respects.

Then we travelled to Cambridgeshire to stay at the house of the friend we were cycling with the next day. The Sportive was a forty-five minute journey away, with an early start, but the Cyclehome has a heated windscreen, which meant that the ice that had formed on it overnight vanished in a trice, with no scraping or lobbing hot water over it, and we were ready to go within a couple of minutes.

The Sportive was a 50-mile loop from and to the Eastern Counties Showground on the edge of Peterborough through various villages. Compared to cycling in South Wales, this was a fairly flat route, but there was a biting easterly wind that blew us out on the first part of the course and then became a cross-wind and finally a head-wind as we returned. It was without doubt the coldest conditions we’ve ever ridden in, but the sky was blue, there was no ice on the very quiet roads and it was great to see our friends again.

On Saturday afternoon we travelled to stay at the Sandringham Estate site for two nights. Even though it was extremely cold at night, the heating in the Cyclehome worked perfectly – it was easy to adjust the temperature and didn’t take long to get comfortably warm. We had a lovely evening meal and recovery pint at the Feathers in Dersingham.

Sunday was another blue-skied, blisteringly cold and windy day, so we spent a few hours visiting the Titchwell RSPB centre on the coast, wandering down to the beach and sheltering in the hides to watch Ringed Plovers, Avocet and Marsh Harriers, among others, before the cold drove us back inside the Cyclohome.

We left East Anglia early on Monday morning as the snow was falling and travelled back the same route to South Wales in about five and a half hours.