Tim Ennis of Shelter talks about his preparations for the 100 World’s Biggest Property Bike Ride.
I know how I will be making the most of the longer spring days ahead: on my bike, working up the miles and hill training in an attempt to get myself ready for a 100km ride. This week will be the first installment of my training for the next CBRE Great Property Bike Ride, and with less than 12 weeks to go until the big event, I think it’s time I put in the leg-work.
This year, I’ll be attempting the ‘epic’ route and, despite being a regular commuter cyclist and with a reasonable level of cardiovascular fitness, I am going to be upping the ante over the weekends on top of my regular 10 miles a day to work. This will all stand me in good stead if I’m to prepare for the ascent up White Down Hill in the Surrey Hills as I must say, last time it took me quite by surprise! It will all be worth it if it will be anything like last year’s ride.
Having completed the 50 km ‘Standard’ route, it was an amazing day and there really is something for everyone: from the beautiful scenery to the atmosphere and, of course, the banter over a burger after the event. Whether you’re taking on the 25km, 50km or 100km route, it’s a guaranteed good day out.
On a personal level, as someone who is confronted by a lot of negative facts and figures every day through my role at Shelter, it’s incredible to have so many people coming together to support the cause. It’s inspiring to see everyone hopping on their bikes to raise awareness for the vital service Shelter provides. Not only that, but the event raises vital funds which help us to continue our work: 100% of the registration fee goes to Shelter.
My message to anyone not sure about signing up is to go for it: it’s a ride, not a race, and whether it takes you five minutes to climb a hill or 30, it’s certainly worth it. I, for one am already plotting out my training route.
To secure your place, and find out more, head to the website: http://bit.ly/1R0u9q2
Tim Ennis, Fundraising Manager, Shelter
Tim is part of Shelter’s direct fundraising team where he contributes to a team fundraising target of over £1.5million a year to enable Shelter to continue their vital work in supporting those facing bad housing and homelessness.