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I have been road cycling for over half a year now and after seeing my partner, Gareth and his team raise money last year for the Free Kicks Foundation with Le Tour Free Kicks, I was excited to get involved in their 5th annual ride.
Having opened their annual challenge up to everyone, to encourage as many people as possible to join and come along for the ride, whether they are new to cycling, or looking for a multi-day challenge meant as a fully-fledged newbie I could take on this year’s challenge.
I am determined to not let them down!
The Free Kicks Foundation is a Peterborough based charity whose aim is to provide football-related activities for ill, bereaved and deserving children, to give them a day to remember with their favourite football club. It is a fantastic charity and I am ecstatic to be supporting them through this challenge.
The 2016 Challenge
This year, the ride is a two day challenge, starting from the ABAX Stadium in Peterborough on Friday 10th June and finishing, approximately 185 miles later at the AJAX Stadium in Amsterdam on Saturday 11th June.
Departing Peterborough, Friday morning we will ride north to Hull where we will catch the overnight ferry to Rotterdam. My university days were spent at the University of Hull so how could I resist this ride! With a swift trip via Hull to Rotterdam and we will then cycle to the AJAX Stadium on Saturday.
I have pretty much got all the gear and a bit of an idea! I got myself a Scott Contessa Speedster 15 for my birthday and I have been spending my pennies on getting kitted out from cycling shoes and lycra to a great turbo trainer and nagging Gareth to get a bike roof rack so we can go out and about. I have all the kit but now it’s the training I need to focus on.
Since the summer I have successfully mastered clipping in and also become enemies with a foam roller. Training has been the concentration of our household and it is so much harder than I thought it would be. As I train more and put the winter miles in I am building up strength in my legs and I am starting to break down my mental barrier which is the hardest obstacle I have had to overcome so far.
I recently had a crash, my first ever, which cost me my new wheels and I spent a couple of days in A&E but I am back on my bike and focused to get back up to speed, ignore the pun. Local sportives and getting out as much as possible are high on the agenda and getting over my new mental barrier of nervousness is key. I am determined to prove to myself I can do this as well as raise a considerable amount of money for an amazing local charity.
As the Sealskinz Events Guru I couldn’t resist in running a fundraising event for Free Kicks and drum up some awareness of the charity and the challenge we have set. On Saturday 23rd April, we will be running a cycling based fundraiser at Serpentine Green so please come along if you are in the area.
Please sponsor our team and find out more about the challenge via our Just Giving Page: https://www.justgiving.com/teams/ABAX2AJAX