Cycle South Africa: Not Long Now!

I will soon be cycling 450km across South Africa!

In March I will be one of a team of four from Microlise who are taking part in the Cycle South Africa event, organised by international development charity Transaid.

We will join forty riders from across the transport industry to complete a 450km route across difficult terrain in high temperatures over just five days to raise funds for Transaid’s projects across the developing world. No mean achievement for someone who hadn’t been on a bike for over a decade!

Training is tough and it is very difficult to leave the car on the drive and get on my bike on cold, dark wet mornings. But strangely I am loving it and it is really motivating when we get a donation through the Just Giving site or if someone sponsors us. Everyone at Microlise deserves a special mention as the Christmas raffle raised a magnificent £860. JP Mortiboy rode away with the star prize of a Raleigh Strada Speed Hybrid bike – on which he has apparently promised to restart his cycling training!

All in all its been an interesting couple of weeks on the cold and lonely bike trail from Belper to Eastwood and I have learnt a lot since biking to work:

– When it rains you get a full 360 degree coverage of water. From above (rain), from below (splash up from puddles) and from the side (from passing traffic spray) – Nice!

– Bin day leads to a whole new set of challenges as you try to avoid wheelie bins. They block the pavements, jump out from behind walls and hide round corners

– Dog walkers with their pets on extendable leads cause interesting hurdles

– Ice and snow on the roads give the journey a twist

– It is possible for your bum to hurt so much that you cant feel it anymore