This September I will be cycling from Edinburgh to London on a tandem with Jamie Weller, a visually impaired skier, to raise money for the Combined Services Disabled Ski Team (CSDST).
CSDST is a charitable organisation dedicated to rehabilitating those serving and retired service personnel who have been wounded, injured or become sick during their military service. It does this through the medium of Adaptive (Alpine) Skiing. The charity trains athletes from beginner to national Paralympic standard, providing the challenge and competitive spirit that Service life offered, and enabling them to regain a sense of purpose. The money we raise during this ride will enable the charity to buy essential equipment and provide more opportunities for the servicemen and women to train and progress in their rehabilitation.
The ride is organised by a huge supporter of the CSDST, Selex ES. Selex ES works closely with British forces to provide protective equipment, so the CSDST cause is close to their hearts. The Ride team, comprising Selex ES employees, CSDST athletes, staff and supporters, will cycle from one historic throne of power to another. Participants will leave Edinburgh Castle on 3 September and cycle 450 miles across the UK to finish at the Tower of London on 9 September.
I have been a ski guide for visually impaired athlete Millie Knight for the past year. When Jamie mentioned to me that he wanted to do the ride, we knew we should cycle it together on a tandem! This requires a huge amount of trust on his part, as I will be up front steering, not to mention the teamwork required to keep the thing moving. You can follow our training progress via my @snowfleurski Instagram and Twitter pages; we are using #RideofThrones to log our journey.
Thank you for your support!!