In a moment of potential madness, I turned to Gemma Cook (fellow Kazooite) and said “Yes sod it, let’s do this.” On a scale of mad things to do, this probably isn’t that high on most people’s barometer.
What I’m referring to is the London to Brighton Night Ride, which is the British Heart Foundation’s eagerly awaited fundraiser that witnesses thousands of cyclists (or in our case chancers) pedal from Clapham Common to Brighton’s Madeira Drive.
The thing is…I don’t do a huge amount of exercise…and don’t even own a bike. So it’s verging on plain stupidity really.
We start at 11pm Saturday 13th July and finish whenever we get to the other side. I am looking forward to seeing the sunrise as we get to the final destination, but kind of dreading all the bits in between. Here’s hoping that plenty of energy drinks and sweets along with a killer playlist will see us through.
While we may be lacking bikes – yes that’s both of us bike-less – we do have a bag-load of enthusiasm and will be hiring hybrids from the likes of London Bicycle so I think we’ll be fine – everything’s fine (our current mantra).
Hitting the gym every other day to ride miles on a bike that’s going nowhere is nothing like the real thing, but it’s all I’ve got for now, and the main goal for me at the moment is to get some level of fitness happening.
So we have a couple of challenges ahead of us in that we don’t currently cycle regularly, and have no bikes, but I think we can hang onto the fact that we work in PR, and are therefore used to accomplishing the impossible.
Any training or general cycling tips gratefully received in the comments box below, and even better, would be a small donation for our efforts. The fundraising pages are here and here. Each donation will make the whole thing feel much more worthwhile. Ta very much!