Up for a challenge?

We’re always up for a challenge here at Computer Aid and this year was no different when our supporters headed off to complete the iconic London to Paris cycle ride, take on a 100km course around London over night, survive death valley and take on the streets of India in the name of adventure, fun and of course charity.

Paul got back in the saddle this year and jetted off to India where he completed a 400km cycle challenge across Rajasthan

I left my training rather late, buying a bike just 3 months before I was due to fly and actually starting to use it a mere 7 weeks before. I later regretted this delay as despite being fit and a previous regular cyclist the training was pretty gruelling cycling every day to work and long distances over the weekends. However even by the end of 7 weeks of intense training I was once again loving cycling and excited for the challenge ahead.

The challenge began in Heathrow began with a panic as my luggage was whisked away in a mini bus whilst I made a quick trip to the loos. Fortunately after a quick word to a parking attendant the bus returned and I was whisked away to meet my fellow travellers. A group of around twenty soon-to-be adventurers, including Jeff the doctor, was waiting at Heathrow airport to begin their journey to India.

On arrival I was immediately struck by the cultural and physical differences between the UK and India. The sight of a mother and her three children living under a flyover next to a main road and the chaotic city was both a shocking and enlightening experience. 

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Cycling to Paris!

On Friday 6th May a group of 27 courageous cyclists left London to begin their 300km journey over three days finishing at the Eiffel Tower, Paris on Bicycles! We’re pleased to announce that everyone successfully completed this event in time for a celebratory and well deserved meal in the centre of Paris. The route was what many remarked as ‘undulating’ to say the least, particularly down through Kent to meet the ferry so well done lads and lassies!

The event has raised a massive £35,000 (with more still coming in) for Computer Aid, so three cheers all round! We’d also like to give Brookcourt Solutions special thanks for their team of 11 riders raising £15,000 between them. Money raised from this event means we can reach more disadvantaged children and communities to enable them to access the benefits of IT.

If you think this could be you next year, contact events@computeraid.org to register your interest in the London to Paris Bike Ride 2012.

We also have coming up our epic cycle challenge across Vietnam to Cambodia (29 Oct- 7 Nov 2011.) We still have places left, so if you would like to know more simply get in touch for a chat. Alternatively you can download an itinerary for this event here – http://www.computeraid.org/events.asp

Moira Vincent