The Big Ride is about to start
18 Jul 2012
I can hardly believe there are only 4 days to go until I join The Ride in Holyhead.
I'll be waiting for the others to come in on the ferry from Dublin and we should be setting off from the harbour at about 12.30 - 13.00. Fingers crossed for some better weather.
Meanwhile the core team of The Ride are making determined progress. It hasn't been easy: bike mishaps, some terrible weather, big hills, strong headwinds to be overcome since they set off from John O'Groats a few days ago.
Read The Ride Blog - it's quite amazing
Their daily blog is a fantastic read. Their bravery, humour, guts and sheer sense of purpose is humbling and more than matches the wonderful exploits on The Tour De France (which I'm loving). So please have a look - and do add some comments (it really helps motivate them through the hard patches) - at: www.theride.org.uk/ Reka - the lead rider - is doing the entire 800 mile route sandwiched between two sessions of chemotherapy. Bradley Wiggins, eat your heart out! She deserves an Olympic medal when they reach London.
Meanwhile, I have to admit my preparation is slow. I've been too tired to get out on the bike for the past few days, so I know it's going to be tough to manage complete days. In fact, the only preparation I've done is to buy some better waterproof kit -- maybe that will guarantee some better weather.
90% towards target
But big thanks to you all for the generous sponsorship. I am now 90% of the way towards my £5,000 target for the cancer charity Yes To Life.
If you have any friends who might be persuaded to donate, however little, it all helps and will all be gratefully received. As a small charity, even the tiniest amounts make a difference to what Yes To Life can offer. I know myself just how useful their advice and counselling is to confused cancer patients who don't know where to turn for informed, impartial advice on an integrated approach to treatment and palliative care.
Ah yes, my fund raising page is: www.justgiving.com/Michael-Baker8