Some time ago, I earmarked a bucket list cycling ride I really wanted to complete. Now seems as good a time as any to tick it off, especially being the year I reach my half century. My challenge is to cycle 1000 miles from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 10 days. A lot has happened to me health wise over the last 18 months (Broken elbow…herniated disc…knee surgery etc), so the challenge I now face seems even more of a challenge.
Why 10 days? In 2014, I lost a very dear friend Gavin Reeve-Daniels who was like the brother I never had. He was sadly and cruelly taken away from us by Pancreatic Cancer. He was not only a great friend but was also the captain of a very special football team we were involved with. He wore the no. 10 shirt and captain’s armband with pride. So, with equal pride I’ll be donning my Lycra and riding in memory of Gav and helping support Pancreatic Cancer Research along the way.
The plan was to ride with another 9 riders to make the perfect no. 10. However, I’ve managed to convince another 12 riders that cycling the length of the UK with me into a prevailing headwind is a good idea. Idiots.
Having only just climbed back onto the bike mid-March due to the various medical procedures, the real hard work is about to begin. Alongside the physio required, I’ll be spending countless hours away from my family, clocking up the miles to get myself fit enough to ride 10 x hundred mile days back to back.
If you’d like to help put some wind in my sails, then please donate whatever you can. Any donations will be gratefully received.