Tomorrow will see us begin the next stage of our training by taking on a RAAM format weekend ride to our charity Barretstown’s base (about 60 miles south of Dublin).
Setting out from London on Friday morning, we will cycle non stop (apart from two ferries!!) through England, South Wales, Ireland, North Wales and then back into England to arrive in London approximately 50 hours after we set off and with 750 miles in our collective legs.
We are completing the trip with the help of a mini crew consisting of Frank and Phil, who we are hoping will gain some solid experience that they can pass down to the other crew members. We are extremely grateful to both Phil and Frank for volunteering to spend their weekend driving at 20mph behind our lycra clad back sides….
Frank has designed a challenging route for us that takes in the Brecon Beacons (at night), the Wicklow Mountains and the Snowdonia National Park (also at night) so our climbing legs and Magicshine lights will certainly be put to the test!
While we are treating the trip as an epic training opportunity we are all extremely excited about the prospect of visiting Barretstown and getting to meet some of the camp visitors and members of staff that make the charity so fantastic. Seeing the difference the charity makes to people’s lives first hand will certainly provide us with all the motivation we need both over the course of the weekend and during the race in June.
As part of our publicity drive, Phil has been designated as film maker for the trip and will be videoing as much of it as possible so keep checking back as we will publish the video on the blog as soon as possible.
In the mean time, please can I urge any readers to dig deep into their pockets and make their way over to our donations page to get the fund raising ball rolling. Every single penny donated will go straight to Barretstown and enable them to keep doing the fantastic work that they do!
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