The 2016 CrossRoads Coast2Coast Cycling Adventure formally started at 14:00 today with Orientation. The tour was introduced by Tracy Leiner, owner of Crossroads with a highly motivational speech that consisted of inspirational passages followed by a formal introduction to her staff who would be supporting this years ride. The 5 overseas riders ( all from the UK) were given a special mention and we were then asked to introduce ourselves. A few more inspirational passages were given during the introductions and I managed to recall one from the book I had read over Christmas, written by Diana Nyrad, the first person to swim from Cuba to the Florida Keys without the use of a shark net – never ever give up. Several of the riders were riding for a diverse range of charities. After a short break we were then taken through tour formalities followed by a sit down dinner together, before retiring to bed as tomorrow breakfast was booked for 05:30!