O/T IORRian cycling 1000 miles & climbing Mont Ventoux six times in 24 hrs to support Veterans and fight against cancer...
It's almost that silly season again (no, I don't mean The Stones playing shows) when I decide on a fairly daft cycling challenge. These have gotten steadily worse as the years have passed but this one marks a new low point, hah-hah!
While I'm here, a massive thank you to all the super-generous IORRians who have donated in the past: last year we raised £4000...all down to you.
I start pedalling solo from Warton in sunny (and hopefully tail-windy) Lancashire in the North West of England on Friday 11th July and arrive in Carpentras, which is right down in the far end of France. So that's 1000 miles in 7 and a bit days, carrying about 40lbs (18kg for you youngsters) of baggage. That's part one...
After a day-off I'll be joined by my regular partner in lycra crime, Mr Andy Wickham and then we have a go at Mont Ventoux, big time. The idea is to complete as many ascents of the 'Beast Of Provence' as we can in one day. And when I say 'we' I do of course mean 'I', hah-hah! Andy did three ascents in 2011 in a day which qualified him for membership of the 'Club des Cingles du Mont-Ventoux' which translates loosely as 'Club Of Screwballs'.
This time we are aiming at six ascents which equates to cycling uphill for 85 miles up a gradient of about 9% average, and climbing just shy of 30,000 feet which is more than the height of Mount Everest. Not quite sure if I have words to describe what that loosely translates into...
Only seven English cyclists have completed this challenge and so far zero cyclists from Norn Iron!
As I said, each year these challenges have gotten steadily worse but this marks a new low. Before I get the violins out, the reason for attempting this is to try and persuade you to sponsor me and divert some of your ill gotten/hard earned cash towards two very, very deserving causes: the Royal British Legion and Cancer Research UK.
By now, the word 'cancer' will have affected your life on more than one occasion I'll bet: maybe a family member or friend or even someone you have never met but who means something to you. CRUK are constantly working to find out how we can halt the disease in its many forms but this takes a lot of money to fund.
2014 marks the centenary of the start of The Great War and also the 70th anniversary of the Normandy Landings which will spotlight the veterans who gave everything for their country. Unfortunately there are many more people who served in the Armed Forces and have suffered in the numerous conflicts since 1945 and this is where the RBL come in. These are people who deserve our thanks and support.
To support CANCER RESEARCH UK please CLICK HERE
If you would like to help the The Royal British Legion please CLICK ON THIS
The bad news for me is that I will donate £100 for every £500 raised on either of the sites.
As before, I'll keep a blog going at SHUT UP LEGS!
Expect the same old rubbish, hah-hah!
Thanks to you, and thanks BV for allowing me to pester you good people here at IORR.
All the best,
Edited 5 time(s). Last edit at 2014-06-06 00:05 by SimonN.