Another six months of being the boring one on the bike, another six months of Sunday morning Instagram posts around Merseyside, and another six months of testing myself against my inner fat self to shed some weight and raise some money for Prostate Cancer UK.
After months debating whether to make the pilgrimage to Amsterdam again, I decided at the eleventh hour to take the plunge, again riding to the Dutch capital from Oakwell Stadium, Barnsley, but this time, instead of hanging up my lycra for six months afterwards, it will be back to business to prepare for the Prudential Ride London, taking on 100 miles of closed roads from Central London, out into the Surrey hills and back to the big smoke; tackling hills that challenged the world’s elite in the Olympics in 2012.
For anyone who’s not familiar with the event, unlike the sometimes leisurely pace of the Amsterdam trip, that includes lunch by the canals in suburban Roelofarendsveen, time is of the essence, as trailing just a few hours behind will be the peleton of the 2018 London-Surrey Classic race, where the world’s leading teams gather to race around the iconic city.
As I said last year, there will be other people who will go further, faster and for longer, but this is my challenge for 2018, and the cause remains a worthy one, with 1 in 8 men affected by Prostate Cancer in their lives. For that reason, I’ll be looking to up the fundraising this year, with an aim of raising over £1,500 through a variety of events and activities.
Donations can be taken through JustGiving once again by clicking here: Just Giving