James Webb


The Bike Project
What we do We are a community of refugees, mechanics and volunteers. We receive donations of second- hand bikes, fix them together at our workshop, and then donate them to asylum seekers and refugees. By attending our workshop and helping to fix their own bike, all beneficiaries get actively involved in the process as much as possible. This enables them to learn basic bike maintenance and form long-term supportive relationships. We also run a separate project where we teach refugee women to cycle. We teach cycling proficiency, in an all-female environment, to complete beginners. The lessons run once a week, for ten weeks, and all participants are given a bike at the end. Why we do it The Bike Project provides the first step into normal living for those who have faced persecution and atrocity Helen Bamber OBE Transport in London can be expensive. This is especially true for a refugee going through the asylum process. Having fled persecution and atrocity in their country of origin, they are forced to live on a mere £36 a week in benefits, and prevented from finding employment. London is a city that is rich in opportunities. A bike can help these people reach the many resources that London has to offer: charities that can feed them, lawyers that can aid their application process, home office appointments, healthcare, education and much more. If they are lucky enough to receive status, a bike can help them find employment. When you have to go from charity to charity to feed yourself, a bike becomes very important to your life. Beneficiary
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James Webb

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On the 30th of July I'm taking part in the 2017 Prudential Ride London. A brilliant event that will see thousands of cyclists roll around the closed roads of London, giving it their best impressions of Bradley Wiggins or Laura Trott. (I'm always Laura Trott, just so you know. Not sure why. I just feel I'm more a Trott than a Wiggo).

I'm raising money for "The Bike Project" which is a wonderful charity that refurbishes bikes that have been abandoned, thrown away or left to rust and then donates them to refugees and asylum seekers. Anyone who cycles will know what owning a bike means to them. For me its the feeling of personal freedom. Sitting on a bike gives me the feeling of possibility. That I have the potential to go anywhere. Its a powerful thing. So being able to give a bike to a refugee or asylum seeker who has faced many hardships and who has very little is not only hugely practical (saving each recipient masses of money in travel costs) but is also a potent symbol of freedom and ownership.

I've volunteered for the charity for over a year and now work for them as a freelance mechanic, so I've seen first hand the good work it does and what it means to the recipients of the bikes.

Onto the ride itself. If you know me, you'll know that I love riding my bike, and although riding 100 miles is always a challenge, I'm pretty confident that I could take it steady and get around the course and probably have a lovely time doing it.

But where's the fun in that? I want to earn yout money. So, to make sure I don't take it easy, I'm going to commit to doing the 100 miles in under 4 hours and 15 minutes.  I genuinely dont know if I can do this. But I'm going to give it a go.

And for a little bit of extra motivation and to put my own money where my mouth is, I promise to donate a fiver for every minute I go over my set time, so this could go spectacularly wrong for my bank balance. But if you're donating some cash then the least I can do is risk some of my own.

Small print, we'll take the time from my Garmin bike computer, and it'll be my "moving" time we use, not my "total" time. Basically, my garmin will not count any time I spend stationary. I don't intend to stop at all, but this will mean that I wont go bankrupt if I get held up due to things beyond my control. I hope that's acceptable to all.

Right, that's it. Thanks so much for taking the time to read this, and thanks in advance for any donations you're able to give. It's hugely appreciated.

James x

Happy riding!

Recent donors

25.07.17 Go on Jamo. You'll be amazeballs


13.07.17 Ride like the wind amigo - loving your work, Paul Taya and Mei x

09.07.17 Worthy charity, superb man. I BELIEVE IN YOU!!!!!!! Bash that timer, love xx

08.07.17 Good luck. Have a great ride for a great charity.

03.07.17 Good luck Jim Bob - I want the 4 hours 15 with no drafting, can your Garmin measure that.

29.06.17 Now we know that you are in the first wave, I will be desperately disappointed if you don't get under 4.05.

27.06.17 Go Thorne xxx

22.06.17 Good luck, Jam-o! Sounds easy...

17.06.17 Have fun. Look out for potholes and nettles! M and D. X

13.06.17 You are my peddaling hero. Ill be there spraying you with Orangina and fairy liquid and screaming Red Rum at you. xx

13.06.17 Setting yourself up for one hell of a time trial Jamo. Love it! Best of luck mate.


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