Some time ago now, I earmarked a bucket list cycling ride I really wanted to complete. Now seems as good a time as any to tick it off. My challenge is to cycle the length of the UK (nearly 1000 miles) from John O’Groats to Land’s End in 10 days. This distance will involve a total elevation gain of 60,000ft, the equivalent of cycling up Everest twice. A lot has happened to me health wise over the last 18 months (Broken elbow…herniated disc…knee surgery etc), so the challenge I face seems more of a challenge than one I might have taken on previously.
Why? In 2014, I lost a very dear friend Gavin Reeve-Daniels who was like the brother I never had. Our children were of a similar age. He was sadly and cruelly taken away from his family and friends by Pancreatic Cancer, the silent cancer. He was not only a great friend but was also the captain of a very special football team we both played for.
Why 10 days? Gavin 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 whilst helping support Pancreatic Cancer Research along the way.
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