Firstly, you may know that my friend Andy and I have been taking part in various different challenges over the past couple of years to raise much needed funds for the Yorkshire Cancer Centre based in Leeds, a charity close to both of our hearts. For all you guys that have been reading my blog “If It’s Not Raining, It’s Not Training” since the very beginning, you’ll be sad to hear that I’ve permanently deleted all the previous posts from it and replaced it with this… but don’t worry, I transferred them all to the G-Rex Fitness site so you can still re-read them should you wish! 🙂
Going ‘Down Under’
So, down to business. In November last year I was lucky enough to visit my friends in Perth, Western Australia for the wedding of Oli (Hirst) and Klasey (Pendlebury). One evening when sat with the Pendlebury family in the back garden around a pool, I noticed a large map of Australia hanging from the wall with a full detail of roads and distances clearly indicated on it. I’ve been getting more and more in to my cycling over the past year or so, and can think of no better way to spend my weekend than out in the Yorkshire countryside on my racing bike. The Pendlebury’s are very proud Australian family, and when I asked about the roads and the outback they were only too happy to tell me all about it. That was it, my mind was made, I was going to put together a massive cycle.
I’ve chosen to do it in a few years time, so I’ll be jetting off to the other side of the world for August 2016 with a timeframe of up to 6 weeks, this’ll give me loads of time to plan and save, it’ll be the year of my 30th birthday, and it gives me some extra time for a well deserved holiday at the end! For the cycle itself there were three routes that I was pondering over, Perth to Sydney (left to right), Adelaide to Darwin (south to north) or Adelaide to Cairns (south to north following the east coast). Weighing up the three different options I decided to go with the latter, the main reasons for this were:
- More interesting
- Better temperatures
- Bigger support possibility through exposure
- I’ll get to see the majority of Australia’s main cities
In my opinion, there’s no point setting out on a challenge like this without having a worthy cause to do it for, so I’m going to be fundraising for 50% Yorkshire Cancer Centre, and 50% for an Australian charity which is yet to be decided.
I’ll call it a day there for this post now, but I’ll be regularly updating it with my progress so please follow this blog to keep up to date with all things related to the cycle, and if you can think of a name for the expedition then fire away in the comments section.
If you fancy getting involved, even if it’s just for a section of the cycle, please get in touch.