I introduce you to the Urban Underground Cycle Challenge! My task is to cycle to every single London Underground station, all 270 of them, covering 11 different tube lines.
According to Google maps it's around 350 miles but the mileage really won't be my biggest problem. I think the main challenge will be the traffic. I'm pretty used to riding on London roads but never for more than an hour or so at a time so spending all day battling with other road users, pedestrians and traffic lights will be a tough task. It also means that it's difficult to gauge just how long this challenge will take me. Looking at the figures and I think that a fair guestimate is riding 70 miles a day over 5 days.
I have decided to ride for charity, aiming to raise as much money as I can along the way for the mental health charity Mind. Mental health is a very important issue in society today and one of which I have personal experience of. Having suffered from depression for the last few years I realise just how incredibly common it is to suffer from a mental health issue and that although it is much more widely discussed now than it was years ago, there is still a lot of progress to be made in order to raise awareness of what help is available. Mind offer much needed services to help those in need and I am 100% focused on doing my little part to try and help their cause.
So, the countdown has officially begun - I will set off on Monday 26th March and hope to be finished on Good Friday. I'll be posting regular pics and video updates on the dedicated Urban Underground Cycle Challenge Facebook page (https://fb.me/urbanundergroundcyclechallenge) and you will be able to follow my progress station by station.
Thanks for visiting my page and an extra big thanks and a hug if you have donated :-D