Fundraiser Focus: Cycling Challenge
David Finch, MD at Purple Frog & Make a Donation and team member of one of our previous star fundraisers, Haddenham Hillbillies, is taking on the ultimate cycling challenge for charity – 240 miles within 24 hours. He’ll be updating us with his progress & training in the run-up to the big day…
There’s only 4 days left until I shall be cycling 22 laps of Lake Vyrnwy in Wales (with 15,136ft of climbing!) – aiming to achieve 240 miles within 24 hours. I’ve been preparing for this cycling challenge for years, as you can see in my previous blog posts…
I completed my last big preparation ride the other weekend, when Joanna from Life Story Bank invited us down for a weekend sailing on the Solent. As a result of having a day of enjoyment, I decided to cycle back from Lymington to Haddenham – 113 miles in total. The route was also very hilly, but the sunny and breezy day made for lovely cycling conditions. And including stopping time, it took me 8 hours to cycle it.
If that wasn’t enough and to make sure my legs were still working, I did an Allez Sportives cycling challenge the following day! I only got back home at 6pm the previous night and after a quick curry and a few beers, I got up the next morning to go to the Chiltern Cycling Festival. There I cycled another 63 miles, which included the delights of Kop Hill. The hill is famous for its steep gradient and even has an annual car rally, The Kop Hill Climb, where vintage cars try to make it up the hill. It was therefore fitting that a vintage cyclist was also having a go!
It was a tough cycle – although it started gently, it was a 304ft climb and the gradient reached 25% at its steepest. But I managed to see Kop Hill through and the whole ride took me just over 4 hours.
So that’s it now – no more big rides, just a few short cycles to keep my legs in tune and fitness up. I’ll need to start eating more and drinking less – well, that’s the theory anyway. But I can’t really do any more training or I’ll run the risk of wearing out my body, so I’m just waiting to go and do it!
Now my main focus is on fundraising. My cycling jersey has arrived and Dreamflight have kindly sent across some bits to help me promote my cycling challenge on the day. I managed to raise about £1,000 from a charity golf day but would love any support you could spare on my fundraising page. It would be fantastic to send at least 50 children who are seriously ill or disabled to swim with dolphins, whilst on a holiday of a lifetime in Orlando. Dreamflight is a truly amazing charity and it makes it a little more special that, this year, the son of someone I grew up with is also joining the Dreamflight trip.
So think of me as I set off at 2pm this Friday and hopefully finishing (in one piece) by the dam, the following day between 11am and 12pm. Of course I’ll be celebrating on the Saturday night, but celebrations will certainly be bigger if we manage to hit my £7,000 fundraising target and send those much-deserving kids swimming with dolphins.
I’ll let you know how it all goes,
Support David on his fundraising page
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