Border to Border – an update

Thanks to everyone who has already sponsored me for next month’s Border to Border charity bike ride from Vancouver in Canada to Tijuana in Mexico. 

I’ve been really touched by the number of people who have pledged their support on my justgiving page, but now I’m making another heartfelt plea for as many people as possible from across the industry to really dig deep and sponsor me or any of the other members of the team.

There are probably two main points I want to emphasise.  Number one – and probably the most important – Hope House Children’s Hospice, which we’re raising all of the money for, is an incredibly worthwhile charity which relies on donations for 90% of its funding.  I’ve visited there a few times and it’s a truly inspiring place which really makes you appreciate just how lucky most of us are in life.

And, number two – this isn’t being called the Toughest Ride yet for nothing!  We’re facing 90,000 feet of climbing over 11 days, and around 70 or 80 miles cycling every day in temperatures of up to 40°C.  It will be bearable for the first few days I’m sure, but the real test for everyone on the team will be doing that over and over again for eleven days.

My training is going relatively well though – I even managed some serious hiking in the Lake District last week in between cycling three times the height of Ben Nevis over a few days in Majorca and a tough, cold and muddy weekend cycling in the Peak District.   I’ve now set up my Instagram page here so you can see some of the group training pics, and I’ll be keeping that up to date with some shots during the ride itself! You can also keep up with me via the Mila Twitter account @milahardware_uk too.

I’ve done some tough rides with GM Fundraising in the past – the temperatures on the US Coast to Coast ride were extreme and the climbs on Rome to Home tested everyone on the team but, this time around, the combination of heat and mountains will certainly be my biggest challenge ever.

Please support me if you can.

Thanks.
Richard

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