The ten-day countdown is upon us! Richard and his team of cyclists will be hitting hills from Thursday 18 August for Dementia UK, starting at Dover’s Hill in Gloucestershire and ending 12 days later (in one tired piece) at Box Hill in Surrey.
To get into the spirit of the challenge we will be sharing some of Richard’s – Sanctuary Care’s cycling hero – fears, excitements and everything else in-between, as well as few cycling tips, so enjoy the regular posts and let’s all rally behind Richard (don’t forget the Twitter hashtag #CyclingwithRichard).
What hill do you fear the most and why? – There are 100 to choose from remember!
Richard said: “The things that worry me most about climbs are the gradient (obviously), poor road surfaces, tight bends, narrow roads and wet tarmac – put these all together and you’ve got one big nightmare and the worst I’ve seen so far is Hardknott Pass in the Lake District, and there will be others I have yet to discover.
“Hardknott Pass is very narrow and the road is rough and I just hope (fingers crossed) it doesn’t rain because back wheel spin will make it nigh on impossible for me.”
Richard will be facing Hardknott Pass on day eight, Thursday 25 August. The day will start in Scotland, when he and his team will face Mennock Pass before travelling to the Lake District to also climb Whinlatter Pass, Newlands Hause, Honister Pass, Wrynose Pass and finishing the day at approx. 9pm after Kirkstone Pass (and ready for bed, no doubt!).
You can view Richard’s full map on his very own dedicated 100 Greatest Climbs web page!
Rally behind Richard – just like Waitrose!
The record-breaking challenge is an enduring task for any keen cyclist so Richard needs all the support he can get along the way – and Waitrose in Solihull have done just that.
The supermarket in Homer Road, which only opened June this year, have backed the cycling challenge by donating a trolley load of groceries to help feed Richard and his hungry team over the 12 days.
The store’s department Manager Xenophon Tzambazles invited Richard to do a trolley run and fill up with just what he needed.
Richard said: “I am so grateful for the support of Waitrose, Xen and his team were so accommodating and they genuinely wanted to support me and the team – it’s such a tough challenge we have in front of us but the support and well-wishes will definitely keep us going, so thank you.”
Visit www.sanctuary-care.co.uk/100-greatest-cycling-climbs to read the latest updates on Richard’s journey or for social media updates follow @100Gr8estClimbs.