I’ve not blogged much about cycling on here (if at all) but it has been a sport I’ve been interested in and have followed for most of my life. Last year I became a fully fledged MAMIL (well, maybe not yet middle-aged) and bought a road bike. I did a couple of events in Ireland last autumn (the Wicklow 100 and the Leinster Loop) and spent many happy hours in the saddle in the Dublin and Wicklow mountains building up my fitness.
However since the turn of the year and our move back to the UK I’ve not been on the bike so much. I’ve only clocked up a total of 130 miles in 2011 so far according to my Garmin. Fourty of those were in one event at the St. Albans Charity Cycle ride, and another thirty on a weekend ride to visit my parents recently. I do ride my hybrid bike to and from the train station most days, but that is just a four mile round trip.
However, all that is about to change as I am going to ramp up my cycling. To provide motivation I’ve signed up for the 2011 Ride Around London in September. This is a 115 mile event, which means it will be my first century ride and about 40 miles further than I’ve ridden in one day. It also takes in a fair few hills including Box Hill (which the pros will be tackling numerous times on the London 2012 Olympic road races) and a stint through the Chiltern Hills.
The event is being held in support of Access Sport, a charity that aims to provide more access to local sport to children, especially in deprived areas. To that end, I’ve set up a Just Giving page on which you can sponsor me.
I’m going to blog more about my cycling here to keep track of my progress. To begin with I’m planning to enter the Verulam CC’s Ride For a Reason event this Sunday though I’ve not decided on whether I’ll do the 44 mile or 64 mile route yet.