Dave Buchanan in 2011. This target was achievable I felt and it would also hopefully inspire as many young people as possible to ride and be part of something really special! So after countless assemblies, meetings, playground bike smoothie sessions, dropping off posters, pasting them everywhere, making sure that texts go out to parents, emails galore, after school training rides with families to the beach, Dr Bike sessions all day fixing bikes with pupils and parents to prepare for the big day. If I am honest, as I found myself on the start line of my course counting down to 3pm ready to start riding for the next 2 days solid, the hard part of the challenge was behind me, all I had to do now was to ride for 2 days and hope that people were inspired to turn up and ride with me in 44 hours’ time for the final 4 hours!
, Chair of ESAB appeared, as if by magic, with a flask of hot coffee to revive my soul as I allowed myself a minute or so to gulp it down and to fill her in on my progress. Shirley promised to be back at 7 with more of the same and disappeared back into the night for a well earned rest. Shirley is no ordinary 82 year old and she spends her time raising money for ESAB by doing stuff most of us could only dream of. In the last few years she has done a wing walk on a bi-plane and a 12000ft parachute jump. For her 85 th birthday she wants to paraglide over Mont-Blanc… She has booked it already!