The first day of our adventure began bright and early at Heathrow, where we met our fellow cyclists inside Terminal 4. Several of us had met up on the briefing day back in November so it was great to see familiar faces again, but we were all easy to spot anyhow thanks to cycling helmets hanging from back packs!
Sadly the group has shrunk a bit as a few people have succumbed to accidents and injuries over recent weeks. We’re still eleven strong though, and given the attrition rate we’ve all achieved something already just by making it to the start!
Having checked in we made our way through security where, true to form, my hand luggage needed closer inspection after being X-rayed and flagged as “busy”. It seems the combination of electrical items together with pedals and a bicycle seat does look pretty suspicious.
After a hearty breakfast of porridge with bananas, strawberries, and honey we headed off to the gate to board our flight to Kuala Lumpur.