The countdown is on – Ian’s Cycle Zambia training update

As of tomorrow, it’s only 21 days until Ian takes his flight to Zambia to start the epic cycle challenge in support of an amazing charity, Transaid. Ian tells us about his training in preparation for the big event.

Over 5 days, our MD, Ian, will cover almost 500-km on a mountain bike. It’s going to be tough, with the ride heading off the beaten track though villages and backwater tracks.

So far, Ian and the whole team taking on the challenge on behalf of Transaid (an amazing charity) have collectively raised an incredible £136,000!

Ian’s own total is at an amazing £3,240 so far, just short of the target of £3,650. We’re asking for the support of all clients, friends and suppliers so we can make it. All donations are very gratefully received.

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Ian said of the challenge: “It feels amazing to be part of such an amazing charity challenge! I’d like to share a really big thank you to everyone who has helped with our fundraising so far! Now comes the final fundraising push and some intense cycling training is still needed to get my legs up to the job!”

Training so far…

Along with a host of 6 different vaccinations and a course of anti-malaria tablets, here’s Ian’s overview of the training he’s been doing to get ready for the challenge:

  • New to long-distance cycling, early on, Ian completed a few 25 mile rides but the distance and frequency was just too low.
  • The 75 mile Cycle Live Event in Nottingham was the first ‘big’ ride I’d done. It was pretty daunting, being nearly double anything I’d done before, but turned out to be a great day and I felt good in the saddle, completing it in a good time and at a good speed.
  • One of the more challenging rides, was to a friends 40th birthday in Rugby, about 40-miles away from home. I rode there, we then ‘celebrated’ until about 2am and then I rode home with a thumping headache the next morning, but at least I got in some more miles.
  • As a mountain biking fan, I have done several trail rides, including the ‘leg-pumping’ climbs on the Marin Trail in North Wales and the thrills of the downhill courses at Bike Park Wales in south Wales.
  • Amongst other local mid-range rides, I’ve commuted to work as much as I can – a great way to get in extra miles in the working week!
  • As we write this, I’ve commuted to work this week and will be riding to Matlock at the weekend, around 70 miles. Then plenty more miles over the next 3 weeks!

On finding time to train, Ian said: “With a young family and busy career, finding time for training has been challenging. I feel in good shape now but I’m far from ready. The next 3 weeks are make or break and need to see a big step up in my miles – it’s going to fly by!”

Thank you to our sponsors

Out thanks go out again to all of our personal and business sponsors, especially Nuvias, Asgard Marketing and Fast Graphics. Without you all this simply wouldn’t be possible.

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Support Ian and the great work of Transaid

Give Ian a much needed boost and support a well-respected and commendable charity. Donations all go direct to Transaid. Read about the impact of some of Transaids good work. It’s also important to say that all of the donations will go to the charity as Ian has made a personal donation to cover his own participation.

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Stepping it up

So, the countdown is on. Seeming so far away for so long, the deadline is now almost upon us. We’re all behind Ian and wish him well in his last weeks of training. Keep those legs moving!

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