For those of you who know me, I'm not a huge fan of long distance rides, especially back to back days. As a sprinter I love short sharp rides, with a coffee stop, of course, with cake too (most of the time!). So this year I have decided I am going to change that!
I am going to ride my very own grand tour in aid of two amazing charities; UCARE (Urology Cancer Research and Education) and The Urology Foundation.
21 days of riding, over 2,500 kilometres (I'm bound to get lost and add a few more kilometres on), through 7 countries. With a day off every 7th/8th day, just like the pros do at Le Tour de France, La Vuelta et al.
When I moved here to Mallorca back in 2015, I used to go back to The U.K. to Luton, Bedfordshire to visit my transplant regional hospital in Stevenage for my 2-3 monthly check ups, to check my kidney wasn't rejecting. I used to joke that one day I would ride home, rather than fly. So this time that’s what I am going to do. I want to ride with as many people along the way as possible; Forrest Gump style.
Here’s why I’m doing it…
1. To prove no matter what health issues or chronic illnesses you have, you can achieve many amazing things. If you look after your health and well being you can accomplish insurmountable goals in life.
2. To try to say thank you to the incredible surgeons who saved me.
3. To encourage others to exercise on a more regular basis.
4. To ride home.