As I hinted in my post yesterday, cycling has become a recent hobby of mine. This is only because in three days I am going to be cycling from London to Paris. One month ago, I did not even own a bike. I’m not very sporty, I go to jungle dance a few times a month, and sometimes head to LA Fitness when I remember that I am a member.
I am doing this ride with 27 of my workmates from VoucherCodes.co.uk. I organised it but I really didn’t think I’d have to actually take part. I thought it would be one for the mega fit cycle-mad crew, but then these things never work out how you thought they would, and it’s for a great charity.
We’re raising money for the charity Independent Age, who do tremendous work ensuring that elderly people aren’t socially isolated. After we do this ride, 30 of my fellow employees and I will be taking part in a year-long volunteering scheme where we will each visit one of Independent Age’s members. We’ll keep them company twice a month, and help out with their household tasks wherever we can.
It all came about after having a ‘Dragon’s Den’ competition at my company’s Texas HQ in April. I teamed up with a lovely colleague and we pitched this CSR idea to our CEO in the hope of winning some air miles. YAY! We won the air miles (we came 3rd), but then realised that we’d actually have to make this thing happen and I would probably also have to take part and learn how to cycle again sharpish.
I presented it to the whole company and 50 people signed up to take part in the ride to Paris. But then I sent out the training plan, and this halved. They were the sensible half. I am terrified, but once it’s done, it could be one of the best things I’ve ever done.
I’ve got all the gear but no idea. Here’s my lovely bike – the Specialized Dolce. What a beauty.
Cycling has been all I’ve talked about for the last two months, and have actually really enjoyed becoming part of a whole new community. I’ve downloaded Strava to help track my rides and find out my pace. Turns out, it’s not that fast. So far, the furthest I’ve cycled is about 48km, so there’s a little way to go to the 200 MILES, I will be cycling in just a few days.
If you’d like to sponsor me, you can do so on Just Giving here. I’ve raised £449 so far – it’s a very good cause and something I’m very proud to be a part of.
As long as no-one gets hurt, it will be a great success. In one week I will be back and I can update with pictures of the ride. Wish us luck. We need it.