When I collected my bike from the Kazakh military I was shocked to find that the guards had unpicked my lock and taken Wilson out for a joy ride. The bike was a complete mess, with my gear cable snapped and rear derailleur out of shape. I was fuming, but I was anxious to cross into China without any complications so I kept my mouth shut and bitterly rode onwards. Luckily I found a mechanic at my first Chinese town, and together we spent an hour installing a new gear system attached to my frame. It was a brilliant way to be introduced to China, witnessing an innovative bike mechanic compensate for the fancy Shimano Tiagra gear system…
Here’s the second of my weekly articles in the Camden-Narellan Advertiser. Watch this space for my own blog post about my journey since crossing the English Channel into France…
The Camden Advertiser will be following my charity cycling journey for the next two years. Each week there will be a short article monitoring my progress on the road, so make sure you grab your copy to keep track of my adventure! The first article is featured below:
With just 14 days until my departure things are getting really busy at my end, and with every day passing I’m getting more and more excited to begin my charity adventure. After six months of planning I think I have finally written my last ‘list’ of things to do (needless to say its still a few pages long).
Thanks to everyone who came along last night to The Civilians and Gary Skyner charity night. We raised over 1000 pounds for AICR and we all had a cracking time! A special thanks to everyone who helped sell tickets and raffle tickets, and also The Civilians and Gary Skyner for providing a brilliant night of entertainment to a full house.
I will be leaving around 1pm from Castleford town centre on Saturday the 31st March. I’ll be there from 10am with friends and students collecting donations so it would be great to see you all there!
This past week has seen some fantastic media attention for my upcoming Cycling 4 Cancer charity adventure. As I approach my departure it has been an exciting time working with various sections of the media; my first interviews were a nervous experience, especially when done over the phone! In addition to spreading the word about my charity ride, since these articles have been published I have recieved many kind words of support. It was a real honour to have an article in my local newspaper Camden Narellan Advertiser, as well as feature in the influential BikeRadar website. I hope you all enjoy the following two articles: