Jon Ager along with two friends recently raised over £800 for our work from a cycle challenge they did from the Cotswold to Spedalicchio. In this guest blog, Jon explains what the challenge was like.
My friends Matt, Ted and I have enjoyed many years of cycling and mountain biking around our home turf in the Cotswolds, and during our holidays close to Spedalicchio on the border of Tuscany and Umbria.
However, when Matt suggested cycling from the Cotwold to Spedalicchio I thought he was mad but then I thought how bad could a '1000 or so' mile cycle ride be.
The challenge did test us in every way: our fitness; our commitment; and, at times, our friendship. Yet, we crossed the line together after an accumulated 79 hours in the saddle.
In that time, we had travelled 1911km, and climbed a further 17km over some very testing hills and mountains; and we had burnt almost 41,000kcals, equal to almost 16 days of normal consumption.
Along the way, we experienced extremes of weather from torrential downpours, thunder, lightning to temperatures reaching just short of 40c. We had endured long days, sleepless nights, and endless punctures and technical challenges.
But we coped with all of this not least because of the support we received from Landi, Sian and Anne (our fantastic wives), who kept us going even in our darkest moments and in particular when we needed dry kit having been soaked to the skin!
We raised over £5,500 for the five charities we did this for and I’d like to give a big thanks to everyone who supported us during our challenge and who helped us with our fundraising.
By Jon Ager