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Betfair LifeCycle Challenge - Down Under
Recently Dom and I have chosen to re-locate from London to sunny Malta for a change of scenery. As part of this change I have signed up for the 2010 Lifecycle Challenge. In a nutshell I am going to cycle from Venice to Manchester United's ground at Old Trafford. A distance of 2100kms over 12 days. This is no walk in the park, the days are long, up to 10 hours on a bike saddle and accommodation is meagre (scout halls and camp beds).
Lifecycle supports the renal unit at Mater Dei Hospital in Malta. The 2010 challenge is hoping to raise €200,000 to buy much needed equipment and support for the unit. Renal failure does not discriminate and can affect anyone, so I know I am helping a good cause, particularly in a small and not so wealthy European country.
Lifecycle is not just a 14 day commitment in August. Training started in earnest in mid April and intensifies as we approach the August 14th start date. A typical week requires rides on 6 out of 7 days, where the distance will gradually increase to 600kms per week. Considering Malta is only 50 km from one end to the other, the training can be some what repetitive.
There is a downside to so much training, the lack of attention my other passions will receive:
- My Fishtank - Under orders that I cannot set up the tank until after Lifecycle.
- Scuba Diving - If I am not cycling, I am working!
Not to mention that I am without fail in the doghouse every time I leave home before 6am and return from training after 10pm (which occurs frequently).
Beneficial aspects of the challenge is that I will ride, including training, 7400kms. Which equates to un-eating 293 Double Whoppers with Cheese.
Now for all the masochists out there. This is San Gotthard's pass in Switzerland, which is a 35km long cobblestone road over an ascent of 2000m. I think I have to climb this 'hill' on day 3 of the challenge. No pushing of the bike is allowed, as it equates to an immediate disqualification. Also if you really like your pain, think about why chamois cream (crotch cream) is a necessity, and why back, crack and sack waxes are not optional.
I know everyday some person is also asking you for money, but please consider my request first. Please follow the link below to donate and if you are a UK taxpayer, please use the gift aid option. Thank-you for reading my blurb, feel free to email me or my PA (ok, the boss) if you would like an update on my progress.
About Lifecycle Malta
The LifeCycle Organisation was founded in Malta in 1999 to create awareness and generate support for patients suffering from end stage renal disease. To do this it organizes the LifeCycle Challenge, which is one of the most gruelling endurance events in Europe, pitting a dedicated team of Maltese cyclists against the elements in a long distance ride through different countries all over the world. This event covers an average of 2,000km in a mere 10 to 12 days and is held annually in the summer months.By putting such an extreme event together, LifeCycle intends to attract the Maltese public’s attention to the plight of patients of the Renal Unit in Malta, and to encourage generous donations from the public.
These donations go towards the cost of treatment, equipment, research and improving the quality of life of patients on dialysis. "Having achieved our financial target for the year 2011 by raising more than €113,000 and our other goal of increasing Malta's Organ Donor Register by 1,000 names, we hope that we will exceed both these achievements in 2012.
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