I have been given the opportunity by Oakley to support the charity Lavender Trust. Initially I was all for this and asked how I could get involved in supporting the fight against breast cancer. However, I was not too ready for what was proposed!
Charity bike, that didn’t sound too bad. I can ride a bike and already go out training on it for about half hour hour a few times a week, so I thought yeah I can do this.
Then the team at Oakley explained it was a charity bike challenge from London to Paris !
So the ride from London to Paris is taking place between 1 to 4 September – and is 317 miles! I’m currently in training now. I only have two months to get myself fit and ready for the ride. Last month I went on a few one hour rides but nothing major so now it’s time to get down to business and rack up some more miles on the bike.
I have to say a massive thank you to the guys at Giant for providing a road bike for me and to Craig at the Giant shop in Bristol for setting me up correctly on my fancy new bike. I was enjoying my dad’s old school race bike but I fear it may not be quite so comfortable over longer distances and the old style gear changing system may be tricky on the hills.
So with my sexy new bike and lycra I’m definitely that chick with all the gear and no idea. This week I have completed a short bike ride and am aiming for a three hour ride. What have I got myself into?!
Snowboarder / road bike rider….. mmmmmm
If you would like to support me on my london to paris challenge I would be super grateful and all funds raised go to the lavender trust. Here is this link www.justgiving.com/oakleyteam
Holy cow! (the polite version of my response)
After the initial surprise I decided I couldn’t back out. It’s something completely different to the usual riding down mountains so I agreed to take on the challenge, along with Vicci Miller fellow snowboarder, Lois Pendlebury epic UK skater, Gwen Spurlock, epic UK surfer and Kellie and Heather from Oakley.