Scheduled - Spring 2020
I'm crazy, it can be the only reason why I'm doing this. Let me explain if you don't mind.
I love cycling, I'm no Chris Froome or Laura Trott, decidedly average is probably my best description but I see it as an enabler. Its an enabler as it's helped me to resolve a number of issues over the years.
It goes back to my military days when I left the armed forces with more holes than I joined with. I was wheelchair bound on and off for years. Eventaully I had a nerve stimulator fittied into my spine and things are manageable. If I want to walk any more than to the car of the sofa I think about it, take pain killers and get on with it. Ten years ago I contracted Bacterial Meningitis, I was lucky to survive. There was some brain damage but I recovered, went back to work and got on with life. Eight years ago I was diagnosed with MS. It's had its impacts but in some ways the nerve confusion helps balance out the pain from my injuries. In August of 2019 I had major reconstructive gender reassignment work to correct 'things' as I was born Intersex. That was, from a cylcing perspective, particularly difficult as you can probably imagine, an uncomfortable marriage of body and the saddle.
I cope by cycling. It gives me mobility where I wouldn't normally have it. If I try and ride any distance I need help. Getting on and off can be a challenge but I took that challenge and in 2015 I rode from London to Paris with support raising thousands for a good cause.
Now, it's time to do something spectacular. Well, for me anyway. I'm going to attempt, with support, to cycle 1,000km starting with a descent of the Col d'Izoard, one of the great Tour de France mountains and then ending the trip with an ascent of Mont Ventoux. Yep, crazy I know.
Why? That has to be a question any sane person would ask. I want to raise money for the MS Trust again, the Royal Naval Association and for two personal challenges to help the children of two people that have helped not just me but others over the years and Mermaids, a great charity that supports Transgender children and their families.
To do this I need help. I need others to cycle with me. My MS and my injuries mean that I need others to ride some, a little or all of the route to help me get on and off the darn bike. I am looking for sponsors and I'm hoping to get some media coverage. Can you help? If so, drop me a message.
Shortly I will provide below some links to the fund-raising pages below.