Hello, I am Sergios Agapiou and this is my attempt on blogging as I prepare for the inaugural Rapha Manchester to London Challenge. The challenge will take place on the 7th of September 2014 and it is a bike ride starting at dawn from Manchester Velodrome and ending at the Lee Valley VeloPark in London before midnight. In between, the route covers ~220 miles (~350 km) through the heart of England, which may be a bit of a challenge given the fact that my longest ride so far has been 110 miles.
Sounds ambitious, but it’s appropriate since all the participants are riding in support of a fantastic charity, namely Ambitious about Autism. Autism affects 100,000 children alone in the UK, children who experience difficulties communicating and interacting with the world around them. Ambitious about Autism provides support to children and their families, specialist training and also campaigns for change to ensure the needs of people with autism are understood and met. One of the great services they already provide, is the TreeHouse school for autistic children and starting from September 2014 they will launch the Ambitious College! If you would like to support this great cause, please donate here.
About the challenge, I hope that in the three months between today and the challenge I will manage to get myself to a state that I can complete the ride. In order to do this I will need to both train under severe heat conditions during my holidays in Cyprus, where temperatures often rise well above 40 degrees celsius, as well as to regularly train after normal workdays. My plan is to post on this blog all the data of my training with some additional comments about weather conditions, how the ride felt etc. I will also frequently post material relating to autism in an effort to raise awareness.