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Centenary 100 Mile Cycle Ride

PLA Centenary 100 mile cycle ride

Alex and Dudley at the start of their ride
Alex and Dudley at The British Pilot before setting off on their 100-mile ride
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Port authority pilot Dudley Curtis and river manager Alex Brown have cycled 100 miles to mark the PLA's centenary - and raise £1000 for charity in the process.

The pair took just 6 hours and 16 minutes to ride from the London Stone (the British Pilot Pub in Allhallows, Kent) to the PLA Radar Tower at Holland on Sea, Essex.

They averaged speeds of around 16 miles an hour – shadowed by Alex's fiancée Rachel in a support car.

The cyclists chose the route because it covered a similar distance to the tidal Thames (95 land miles). They'd initially planned to cycle the length of the river, but the journey would have involved using busy roads, and the mileage would have been much higher. 

Alex said:  "As a pilot Dudley was tasked with the route planning, so inevitably he made sure that we crossed as much water as possible - the Thames, the Crouch, and the Colne."

Money raised by the ride, which currently stands at more than £800, is being donated to the Ahoy Centre in Deptford to buy lifejackets for disabled boaters.


Alex and Dudley arrive at Holland on Sea
Alex and Dudley at the PLA Radar Tower at Holland on Sea after just over 6 hours of riding
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