At the beginning of September 2021, Sarah and I will attempt to cycle over 2,000 miles on a gruelling loop from our front door to all 15 national parks in the UK.
It'll be 100% emission-free, plant-powered and we're pretty sure the first time someone has attempted it. Our challenge is to complete this epic route in 30 days!
We’ll be doing it all unsupported, meaning our lives get strapped to the bikes and our tent becomes home. Taking into consideration diversions, wrong turns, food/water pick-ups and the search to find camping spots, it will mean cycling nearly 80 miles a day. Every day - come rain or shine - for 30 days. We’re by no means pro cyclists so the physical and mental challenge is mighty intimidating.
This is all being done to raise as much money as possible for Trees for Life: a brilliant environmental charity in the Scottish Highlands. They focus on rewilding projects that are restoring Scotland's Caledonian Forest and strengthening biodiversity - it's one of our greatest tools to fight climate change. They're beyond inspiring and deserve all the help we can give them.
Besides just being beautiful and enabling adventures, a healthy environment keeps us alive. Looking after it creates a better world for us all. Whether you're a fellow outdoor lover, a city slicker, a farmer, business person, teacher, parent, grandchild... it's your fight too.
We've set the target of raising £2,000 for Trees for Life and their nature-saving projects. That's £1 a mile. But the more we can raise the better.
WHY WE DECIDED TO RIDE FOR THE WILD
The UK is in a seriously critical state - nearly 50% of wildlife species are declining, our natural spaces are shrinking by the day and our wilderness has virtually disappeared. There has never been a more important time to protect our natural areas
A fight worth fighting - a healthy environment keeps air breathable, water drinkable and puts tasty grub on our plates. More than that, it’s the great outdoors which ignites the imagination of adventure lovers, inspires future generations, calms the mind, lifts the soul and has soothed nations through a dark pandemic.
Coming to the green near you - we'll be cycling through your counties, parks and very possibly your back gardens. The national parks and wild places we’ll encounter are literally on your doorstep and deserve your attention.
It’s all just a cycle away - our journey will be plotted for people to follow and hopefully replicate parts on their own two-wheeled adventures. The potential of cycling has no boundaries and we think realising this is crucial for a sustainable future.
For more info on the inspiration behind this cycle, check out our post here.
You can follow our progress and updates from the challenge on our Facebook page too.
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