charity bike ride

The power of Twitter

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Six minutes!

That is how long it too the cycling community on Twitter to start responding to my plea. In three weeks, Sunday 15th September I will cycle from London to Canterbury raising money for The Children’s Trust. Chapeau to the cycling community on Twitter.

This will be the second charity bike ride I will/have completed this year and this time lets hope this one is completed in sub four hours. 4h 38m for London to Brighton back in July was a good effort especially with the light problems we encountered but this time, in daylight that problem/has been removed. Fingers crossed for a dry day! However I am amazed by the speed at my first donation. I cannot say who it was from as they haven’t left their name, but a massive chapeau to them as they have got the ball rolling right from the off.

the next job is to get a few more fundraising ideas going ore the big event to ensure i reach my target. only 40 to go. Please help if you can and change the live of some seriously disadvantages children. My page is here.

Thank you.

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Back to work and another charity ride.

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On Monday I return to work after the holidays and the opportunity to utilise they gym again. Soon I will be leaving the bike inside more often than not as the winter training programme will kick in. Well I have to have a meeting first to decide what they plan is but I need to assume I have a Ride London place for next August, so allow me to use the winter for the necessary strength work. I’ll get out on the bike when I can on those cold December, January and February mornings. but will be glad of the gym in the real depths of winter. I will have my fingers crossed until February when the Ride London entries are announced.

However before then there is a small matter of either 65 or an 85 mile route on Sunday 15th September for The Children’s Trust. As yet I have not received my route options and I can decide on the day, but I am thinking the 85 mile route is well within me , its just the time. 65 miles should be between 3.5 and 4 hours so 85 would be 4.5 – 5.5 hours depending upon the route and any climbs. One thing is after my delivery today I will have enough gels and electrolyte tabs thanks to the fantastic offers at Wiggle. Don’t forget when you order from them you get a little bonus in your order, enjoy. Past and present customers will know just exactly what the little extra is!

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As you can see with this lot I will enough energy to light up the Blackpool illuminations if they need a hand. It will be interesting to see how the Apple, citrus and natural flavours shape up. So far the orange and summer fruits are good. Hi5 say they use real fruit juice and from the ones I have used so far you can tell.

As I finish off this entry and look out of the window at the evening sky it is another reminder of the need for lights on any evening ride. Mine have never been to far away from my bike since the night ride back in July and the fun which @grabsnowblog and I had with lights on that particular ride. It really was an experience.

So a little morning ride tomorrow I think before a very special afternoon as a nice reward!

A massive thank you – to everyone who has donated

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Efforts

As you know last weekend I completed the London to brighton night ride in 4 hours 38 minutes. When I crossed the start line at the weekend I was happy to have just beaten my fundrasing target of £250 so this job was done. This meant one part of the evening was a success and I just need to focus on the ride ahead. I always new there would be some people who wanted to wait until after I had completed the ride before they donated and this is to be expected. However I didn’t bank on the massive response from those who I work with, and have other involement with through youth football etc. I have to say it is very humbling. As the graphic shows I have well and truly smashed my fundrasing target and am now hoping I can climb over £500 doubleing my initial target. On the day the Tour de France has a double clim of Alpe D’Huez on stage 18 I am rather hoping I can achieve my own double, and reach £500.

My page is still open for those people who have not yet got around to making a donation. the page is here

The next challenge is….?

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The legs have recovered, although I still sleep like a baby, but again like last year I am now thinking about the next challenge. The third London to Brighton night ride is very much on as I still have unfinished business with this ride. Without light gate as mentioned in 4 hours 38 minutes (part 1) @GrabsNowBlog and I feel we can complete this ride in sub 4 hours.

How to improve. Well as I am now a member of British Cycling as a ride member (£28 per year) this has given me access to the many Sportives which you can complete just to make the longer rides a bit more interesting. Obviously the normal Sunday morning cycle with friends will be a very important part of the training and development, if nothing else as a social tool and a chance to catch up after a busy week. The advantage of the Sportives is they don’t all require you to raise money which is a big ask of people to keep donating on a regular basis. @Grabsnowblog and I feel doing one charity event a year is enough and mine will be cycling, but he may run the London marathon if he gets his place. You’ll know as soon as I do and we can support him in his efforts.

The British Heart Foundation already have registration open for the 2014 night ride on 12th July. The only reason I haven’t signed up yet is I am seeing who wants to join me as part of the team. I have alrwady had some requests from people on this years ride an others who have, in the past, completed London to brighton day ride but fancy having a crack at the night ride. If you want to join us on 12th July 2014 for the night ride then get in touch and I can start to organise the team. 

2014 could be a big year. Both @GrabsNowBlog could be cycling London to Paris if we are successful in the ballot and this would definity become the main charity event, however there are other possibilities. I have always fancied completing the Dunwich Dynamo with is this weekend (but other commitments prevent me attempting this in 2013), and this could be an option. I suppose it depend upon the date and other events which could make the calander.

I suppose, on reflection, this is one of the benefits of the 2012 Olympic games legacy. The number of people cycling has increased since the games and as a result this will start to have an impact on the health of the nation. This can only happen if we can actually make cycling an option for people to get about. Cycle lanes are required in ALL towns so we made the roads safer and we need to educate ALL road users. Cyclists need to respect vehicles and likewise the cars, busses, lorries and trucks need to think bicycle as well and think bike!

Whatever I decide I will update the blog and comment on my progress.

Its real.

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I knew our challenge was real as I experienced the ride last year. However when talking to another participant of this years ride yesterday they said they had received their pack, and mine had not yet arrived. As you can see mine came today. Again like last year the fact I will cycle from London to Brighton has really got home again.

The strange thing is I feel ready for the ride and knew it was coming. The sponsorship is getting there (£40 to go), the bike is a dream to ride and I feel good about attacking the route for a sub for hour time. It’s not until your pack arrives that it seems task and I don’t know why but it is.

I have to say the pack is a great improvement from last year. The map us in much more detail, taken from an OS map. It is the size if a map too which is good but lets face it you are unlikely to get lost just follow every other rider. Saying this we did take a wrong turn last year due to a marshall not being in the right place.

So now it’s time to put the finishing touches to my ride preparations. Time to get my gels from the local bike shop, get the bike serviced in the final week before event day and arrange two light rides for the final week. Also need to eat chicken with some pasta on the Friday and get some sleep Saturday afternoon. This I didn’t manage last year as it was so got on event day.

I now feel part of the team now my pack has arrived. It real. I am doing this and helping make a difference. I have been able to combine raising money for an excellent cause by completing an activity I really enjoy. I really am quite lucky to be able to have this opportunity. Sub for hours here we come. Fingers Crossed.

Its real.

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I knew our challenge was real as I experienced the ride last year. However when talking to another participant of this years rife yesterday they said they had received their pack, and mine had not yet arrived. As you can see mine came today. Again like last year the fact I will cycle from London to Brighton has really got home again.

The strange thing is I feel ready for the ride and knew it was coming. The sponsorship is getting there (£40 to go), the bike is a dream to ride and I feel good about attacking the route for a sub for hour time. It’s not until your pack arrives that it seems task and I don’t know why but it is.

I have to say the pack is a great improvement from last year. The map us in much more detail, taken from an OS map. It is the size if a map too which is good but lets face it you are unlikely to get lost just follow every other rider. Saying this we did take a wrong turn last year due to a marshall not being in the right place.

So now it’s time to put the finishing touches to my ride preparations. Time to get my gels from the local bike shop, get the bike serviced in the final week before event day and arrange two light rides for the final week. Also need to eat chicken with some pasta on the Friday and get some sleep Saturday afternoon. This I didn’t manage last year as it was so got on event day.

I now feel part of the team now my pack has arrived. It real. I am doing this and helping make a difference. I have been able to combine raising money for an excellent cause by completing an activity I really enjoy. I really am quite lucky to be able to have this opportunity. Sub for hours here we come. Fingers Crossed.