O/T: IORRian cycling 2300 miles in 21 days to fundraise for MND/ALS, Amputees & Blood Cancer research...needs help!
It's almost that silly season again when I attempt a fairly ill-advised cycling challenge in the hope of raising money for a deserving cause or two.
Met Didi The Devil: did get some sympathy from
Last year's challenge was to cycle up Alpe d'Huez ten times in a day: it was a fail from me as I only managed eight climbs...BUT we raised over £4000...a lot of which was down to IORRians. A BIG thank you!
That jersey both rocked & rolled & needed a good wash! So did I...
This year's challenge is pretty straightforward but far from easy, starting Friday 20th September
- cycle out to Gibraltar, solo and unsupported,
- complete the 2300 miles in 21 stages without a rest day,
- er, that's about it!
World's smallest violin time: the daily mileage will average about 110 miles, with around 5,000 feet of vertical. All-in-all it's 2300 miles or the same distance as the Tour de France. So not quite a shoe-in or a cake-walk or anything else resembling a gimme. Which is exactly how we like it, right?
Not quite as the crow flies. Shame, that.
In all honesty I was not going to ride a fundraiser in 2019 but unfortunately a pal of mine was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease (ALS by another name) and it has been desperate to see how quickly Dave's condition has worsened. Put bluntly, he and his family are only too well aware that there is still no cure for MND yet
: that is why I am keen to raise money for his nominated charity, the Motor Neurone Disease Association
They fund research and also provide practical help and advice to those suffering from this awful disease. If you can spare the cost of a beer or a coffee, please do click below:Please donate to fight Motor Neurone Disease...thank you!
I'd also love to help another Great Cause again: BLESMA
Blesma is the only national Armed Forces Charity that supports limbless veterans for the duration of their lives. They help all serving and ex-Service men and women who have lost limbs or eyes, to rebuild their lives by providing rehabilitation activities and welfare support.
I can't begin to imagine...
Blesma provides a network where Members not only enjoy support from our professional Welfare Team, but where they have the opportunity to engage with others who have similar injuries and backgrounds to themselves, building an important fellowship with each other to overcome everyday battles.
If Blesma gets your vote, please please CLICK ON THIS...thank you!
The third charity is Bloodwise
and they provide support to people with blood cancers like Leukaemia and Lymphoma, and perhaps more importantly fund ground-breaking research into finding more effective treatments to these awful diseases.
Hmmm...the Wesham Whammer strikes!
Until a couple of years ago, I had never known anyone who had been affected by blood cancer in any of its various types. You might remember that it was on the last day of my ride from Seattle to San Diego that an old pal left me a phone message: Geoff had been diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.
That was September. Well, to cut a long story short, Geoff is still in remission...wow! The very fact that he is is all down to the research that Bloodwise fund: he has still to undergo another stem-cell transplant but the future is a hell of a lot brighter than it once was.
If you think that Bloodwise are worth a couple of shekels, please, please CLICK ON THIS LINK...thank you!
So that's the hard sell, folks: as ever, a big thank you to our host BV for letting me post this (barely) legal harassment, hah-hah! You lot are a generous bunch, so anything you can spare is really appreciated.
Here's those links again:
Bloodwise!Blesma!Motor Neurone Disease Association!
As usual, I'll try to keep a blog at the end of each day...it's usually rubbish and does feature some awful music (Stones excepted): Simon's 2019 blog!
All the best,
ps best ones to you IORRIans sweating on the Miami show...fingers are crossed for you.
Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 2019-08-29 13:03 by SimonN.