Reflections on 2016

2016 has been a truly wonderful year although the ending could have done with a somewhat better outcome (but more of that below).

South Africa Cape Argus ride was everything I could have wished for and more, although the wonderful weather obviously played a big part (that was not always the case in many prior years). Anyone who has visited the Cape and possibly driven the coast roads or over Chapman’s Peak will know how stunning the scenery is, but to do that on a bike, on closed roads & in glorious weather is simply priceless. Judith & I also went on to have a lovely holiday in SA after the & with the rand at 22 to the £1, it was probably the best value holiday I have ever had. The restaurant we dined at on our last night probably best summed it up in their name, which is ‘Buitenverwatchting’. When I asked what it meant, I was told ‘Beyond Expectations’. If I was asked to look back on my 70 years from the perspective of, say my 10 year old self, I’d probably say the same thing. I feel very fortunate.

Our 70 for 70 ride on my 70th birthday was great fun and we had 21 riders out, most of whom did the whole ride and enjoyed cake & champagne at Chapelle & with a suitably sustaining lunch and with drinks to finish at the Trinity Arms.

The Macmillan Cancer Support Jersey ride, Carcassonne to Barcelona has to rank as one of the best rides I have ever done in the company of the loveliest people ever. There’s the full story and a diary if you click on the appropriate tab.

Ride London unfortunately didn’t happen, as I needed to be in Rio on business, the day after the ride date. However, all is not lost, as I have deferred my ride to 2017, so watch this space.

On the 8th December I had a training session booked at the gym for 9.00 and was going to cycle the 7 miles there. In leaving my garage (with cleats on my shoes), I stepped on the rail that guides the garage door & did a spectacular skid, falling down heavily on my left hip which promptly broke, leaving me in great pain & making my first ever 999 call. Three weeks on I’m in recovery although cannot weight bear on my LHS for at least 2 months. The good thing however is that my bones were in such good shape that the surgeon was able to repair rather than replace and although the repair is a much bigger operation & recovery time, it is less likely to become arthritic or be rejected & of course the replacement option is there in case of need. You’ll see the repair on the attached X-ray, which I think is a work of art – all stainless steel I’m told.

So, all in all, an interesting year and my personal fund raising for our beloved Macmillan Jersey stands at £36,827.50, with the joint effort from the team who went to Barcelona standing at well over £100K. I am pleased to report that the charity continues to serve Jersey with pride and year on year numbers to the Centre has grown at an impressive rate. You can see further details by clicking https://www.macmillanjersey.com.

So here we are at the end of the year and looking with optimism to 2017, which I hope is kind to you all and brings you everything that you would wish for.