One read: 'Zoe, I accept I've made mistakes. Please, forgive me!'
Another said: 'Zoe, the bond that we both share could be deeper and stronger than ever. Give us that chance and allow our bond of love to blossom again.'
The third sign read: 'Unite us and our family so we may love, laugh and grow together. Why take advantage of us, let's take advantage of life. I love you Zoe! I always have and always will x.'
Another banner right at the end said: 'Come on Chicken - WAH! Flap those wings and shake that tail feather.
'You can do it! I'm roostering for you! Wing!'
Seriously. How embarrassing all around me there were people on their bikes laughing at these banners (they were hilarious) questioning what he had done, making up strange stories about this guy. Apparently, from an article I read about it, when his wife crossed the line she wasn't impressed and said they 'had to talk'. Oh dear.
Another moment I loved was first time riders asking their experienced London to Brighton friends whether 'this was the hill?' at every ascent. To which they almost always replied: 'No, trust me, you will know when THE Hill comes.' And rest assured I did know when it came. Though I cycled up the top half of it, just so I felt a sense of accomplishment when I reached the top and bought an ice cream.