Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Coast2Coast2Coast - fundraising for Great North Air Ambulance

Introduction

On the weekend 4th/5th July 2015, I will be riding England's famous "coast to coast" bicycle ride. However, there's a slight twist. I'll be riding with other members of Spennymoor Cycling Club (of which I am a member) in order to raise money for a worthy cause. To make the challenge of riding the width of England even more challenging, we'll be staying overnight at a hotel on the west coast in Workington and then riding home to Sunderland the next day! The chosen charity we are doing this ride for is the Great North Air Ambulance.

Image credit: Great North Air Ambulance

This charity was chosen as the air ambulance came to the rescue of one of the clubs' riders who had been struck by a car whilst out on a Sunday club ride. Whilst the injuries sustained were serious, the club member is well on the way to recovery and is now able to join the rest of the club on some rides. Without the service provided by the air ambulance, the outcome of the collision could have been much worse.

If you would like to encourage the cycling club with a donation, please visit the donation website here.

The routes

How will I manage?

My longest ride so far is around 104Km, the Virgin Money Cyclone. I have ridden that twice, with a year in between to recover! So to do around 190Km on two consecutive days, I need to up my game. I'm an advocate of Polar heart rate monitors; I currently use an RC3 GPS. I bought this watch when I was training for the Great North Run a couple of years ago and it is such a useful tool in boosting performance.

My RC3 GPS showing a motivational milestone message
I've set up a cycling training program and in my next post, I'll show you how to do the same.

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