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Competing in the Solo TransAm Bike Race for LUPUS UK because my sister has Lupus

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LUPUS UK

We fund medical research to help find a cure for Lupus

Charity Registration No. 1051610, SC039682

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A few years ago I set a Guinness World Record for cycling across America. It was a great experience and I raised a lot of money for various charities - though my main concern has always been to raise awareness and money for Lupus both in the US and in the UK.  The following year I cycled across Africa in the world's longest race from Cairo to Cape Town - another amazing experience. 

Unfortunately I contracted malaria and tropical sprue during this trip - made cycling in extreme conditions even more difficult I can tell you - and I had to spend a few days in hospital in Arusha!  I was able to still finish the tour and place sixth overall - but it took quite some time for my body to completely recover.  I remember writing home to my parents saying "I now know how Marie feels.  Every joint in my body aches"  So at least I now have a slightly better understanding of some of the problems faced by lupus sufferers.

 As I said though I am now fortunate that I am feeling fitter than ever and totally ready for this challenge.  When I discovered that my 2010 world record had been broken I decided it was time for me to set a new one myself - but this time by cycling across Europe!!

The record went well and with the help of friends Chad, Jesse and Dean I was able to beat the previous record of 39 days and set a new one of 22 days. It was awesome!

Since then I have been fortunate enough to participate in several more endurance rides and races. My latest was last season winning the Hoodoo 500 solo.

I purposely haven't asked for any donations since the World Record in 2013 but I believe it is time to try to raise some more money as well as awareness for this great charity in the UK. My next challenge is the TransAm Bike Race - it's a solo race across America from Astoria, Oregon to Yorktown, Virginia - over 4200 miles.  I am ready to go and so excited!

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My journey can be followed via my website www.YesHesMad.com, facebook, twitter, blogs, Instagram and my GPS tracker.

So please dig deep and donate now.

Thanks a lot

Paul

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