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.