So here it is.. the much anticipated 2021. With the new year comes new hope of a return to some sort of normality. A return to spending time with family and friends; drinks in the pub, events, parties, weddings, jetting off on holidays, tiers only found in cakes and bubbles in champagne; or simply having ones individual freedom back to make the choice for who, when and where to spend time. To those reading; I wish you all the best for 2021.
One of the choices I made last September, after much ‘lockdown cycling’, indoor training, sunny social rides with friends (socially distanced of course) was to embark new challenge. Following a great London to Paris tour in 2017 an exploration of the green, green grass of home was the antidote; and after much flirtation with the ‘Sign Up’ button the confirmation email landed and my place on Ride Across Britain (RAB) 2021 was secured. Ride Across Britain is a fully supported ride, where cyclists attempt the 980 miles from Lands Ends to John O’ Groats.
What was I thinking? Cycling 980miles in 9 days across all sorts of terrain, through places unknown.. sleeping in a tent! Everything will be fine, it has to be it’s 2021 not 2020. The confidence I have sat here on the sofa typing this initial entry whilst drinking tea and watching the football in front of the fire is possibly ill placed.
I feel that keeping a blog over the coming months will keep me honest; will keep me going during those longer individual training rides in the darkest depths of January as well as keeping friends, family, colleagues and other readers up to date with my journey, and it will be a journey. The 980 miles cycled over the 9 days from the 4th-12th September whilst being challenging and no doubt at points painful, will be the culmination of 12 months of sweat, tears, and a reducing bank balance owing to coffee stops with cake; it will be the celebration not the journey!
The journey has already started. In the last 3 months I have done approximately 960km on the bike. Not a lot when I look at other athletes on Strava; but it’s a start. I am not trying to be the quickest to do the ride; nor the guy who has done the most training. My aim is initially to complete the ride with a smile on my face; to meet new people and to know that down to the fact I am cycling the route; the worst of the COVID-19 virus which has devastated families and economies amongst other things is, hopefully, behind us.
To drive me forward on this challenge I will be cycling on behalf of the British Heart Foundation. The charity is close to my heart and they continue to work towards combatting heart conditions and in the process saving lives. If you would like to donate please select the link to the side of the page, beneath the ‘About Me’ Section.
Please also feel free to follow me on Strava to see how training is progressing should you wish.
More blogs to follow.