I have been involved in fundraising events for more years than I care to remember, from sitting on the ICI pond in my home town of Huddersfield for a 24 hour "fishathon" (I fell asleep and fell in!) to racing Lands End to John O'Groats in 5 days for The Race Against Time. Along the way I've also ridden from Leeds to Paris and back in just 4 days for Tearfund (to help raise funds to send a friend out to the Philippines) and fundraised for MIND, the mental health charity during my cycling trip around the world. However possibly my biggest achievement was raising funds for cancer charities by organising one of the biggest of the UK's cyclosportive with my late wife Caroline, who sadly passed on in 2009 from that same disease.
My latest venture was to break the Zwift indoor cycling distance record of 1,000 miles in less than 59 hours, with an overall total time of less than 72 hours including all breaks. This attempt took place at Bike Motion Benelux in Utrecht on 21st to 24th October 2016. With the help of my colleagues at Team dZi, my sponsors 2moso and Wahoo Fitness we hoped to raise significant funds for our charity, the dZi Foundation, who work in partnership with Nepal's most remote communities to improve quality of life and reduce poverty. This is accomplished through putting communities first, and investment in projects on the ground are matched in-kind with labor and materials. To find out more about this wonderful charity, please go to the official website at dZi UK
Full details of the record breaking ride and all timings can be found on the Challenge page.
The next big charity challenge was the second edition of the World Bicycle Relief (WBR) event on Zwift, where I succeeded in my aim of being the rider with the highest mileage in the 24 hours of the challenge. I managed this with a ride of 731 km's, not as much as I'd hoped for (or even done previously) but I had to be happy finishing in first place. My personal goal with the fundraising was to raise $294 as this equated to two buffalo bicycles and I'm really happy to report this was achieved. Take a look at the short video below and you'll see why this was so important to me.