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Peters 2019 challenge

I am going to ride my bike.... alot!!! for Richmond Borough Mind because I really want to help

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Richmond Borough Mind

We provide quality services, support & info to meet local mental health needs

Charity Registration No. 1146297

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So, this time last year I was building up my training to 4
days in the Pyrenees to cover stages of the tour de France as part of a mass charity event as a group we raised £400,000 for the William Wates charity!

After 10 consecutive years of charity events I had thought
of taking a break however I have been training throughout the winter and felt like I needed a goal. So, I decided that I should target something, however and not unusually my “something” become “big things”

So, in play are

  • Cyprus grand Fondo
    • This is a 3-day stage race in the mountains of
      Cyprus.
  • Tour de Yorkshire
    • 160km across the rolling hills of Yorkshire
  • Ventoux triple

This will be epic, Ventoux or the “Giant of Provence” has regularly
featured in the tour de France. It’s an epic mountain, I climbed in 2013 it badly beat me up, quite honestly it was 3 hours of pure pain. This time I am going to ride the 3 accents in a 24-hour period and become a member of the exclusive club ‘Cingles du Mont Ventoux’? that’s about 70 km of pure climbing…

  • Length: 21.5 kms Ascent: 1610 metres
  • Length: 21 kms Ascent: 1570 metres
  • Length: 26 kms Ascent: 1220 metres

And finally, mid-summer, I will ride from my home in the south
of England to the north where I was brought up, 250 miles riding non-stop and then when I get there take a break and some sleep and try and ride back….

And of course, the important bit… I am going to raise money
for Mental Health charity Mind

Mental health is such a big issue in today's society and whilst there’s much more awareness than ever before there's still more to be done whether you’re the one suffering or supporting.

I recall reading about soldiers returning from World war 2
who were suffering from PTSD and the doctor’s advice given was to act normal and then you would feel normal! Thankfully  we’ve moved on however mental health issues are increasing or maybe due to the decreasing stigma people feel more comfortable seeking help. It appears that how people cope with mental health problems is
getting worse and therefore more support and awareness is needed.

Approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience a
mental health problem each year.

In England, 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common
mental health problem (such as anxiety and depression) in any given week.

https://www.mind.org.uk/about-us/what-we-do/

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