Great excitement in the Weald household this week when I got a call from Virgin Media to say that I had won a supported place on the 2012 Dallaglio Flintoff Cycle Slam. My prize is to ride leg 5 of the event – called the Champagne stage – through northern France, under the Channel, and then through Kent to finish at the new London Olympics Stadium on Friday May 18th.
Am I excited about the prospect of cycling nearly 600 km in 4 days – absolutely!
My commitment to the Cycle Slam team is to raise over £3,000 for the charities involved. A small drop in the ocean compared to the overall target of £2.012M that the event aims to generate, but one where I need to generate sufficient interest from friends, family, business contacts and even corporate sponsors to reach my goal.
And that is where this blog comes on. Leading up to the event I plan to keep everyone informed about my progress – how the training is going; how the charities will benefit; and the wider social perspective on how everyone can get fitter and heathier through sport.
My chosen sport sport is triathlon – and cycling forms a major part of my training activities. Every weekend I lead a cycle group for my club Thames Valley Triathletes – a friendly club based my home town of Wokingham.
So please sign-up to receive email notification of my blog posts – so that you can track my progress and keep me honest in meeting my goals and commitments to the event. Over the next few weeks I will tell you a little bit more about how I came to be involved in the event; the reasons why the cancer based charities are close to my heart; and how your contacts and connections could be very useful to me. So do keep in touch.