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Alasdair Reay

Alasdair Reay

London to Monaco 2018 - on a bike


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Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p][img][/img]This is, for me, two enormous undertakings in one: to help save the planet and change my body shape all in one year. I’m not sure which will be the easier. Those of you who know me will understand that I don’t have the body shape of a competitive cyclist. But that is nothing compared to my weight. Even Sir Chris Hoy says he’s not much good at cycling up mountains because he weighs 90kg. This morning I weighed-in at 103kg (227lb or 16st 3lb) and at only 175cm tall (5ft9in) I must have double Sir Chris’ body mass index. So committing to pedal this ageing body over 1000 km in 7 days is going to be a huge challenge: dragging it over the legendary [url=https://pages.rapha.cc/racing-2/monumental-cobbles-paris-roubaix-in-the-words-of-others]cobbles of Roubaix[/url] as well as up the much-feared [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Ventoux]Mont Ventoux[/url] doesn’t bear thinking about: will I and the bike’s frame handle it?[/p][p][url=https://roadrashmoment.wordpress.com/]Read my blog[/url] as I travel around squeezing training rides between work and real life.[/p][p]So why do it? The answer is the [url=http://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/]Blue Marine Foundation[/url]. In November 2016 I saw a presentation by the BMF at a conference entitled ‘Sustainability in the Marine Industry’. It was a life changing moment for me: they have achieved so much in such a short time. Not only has the charity found the money and the will of governments to protect some of the most fragile and precious corners of the oceans but they have also helped fisherman increase their income whilst reducing the impact on fish stocks. I’m particularly fond of the BMF’s [url=http://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/project/solent/]oyster restoration project[/url]: did you know that a single oyster cleans 200L of water a day? So if the mooring buoy of your boat had a cage below it with a few 100 oysters, your boating habit could be cleaning the sea. And what if the boat behind had one too? And the one behind that. In fact, how about the whole coastline? BMF are working on this right now![/p][p]With the right resources, the Blue Marine Foundation are more likely to motivate the world to clean our seas and rebuild marine bio-diversity than any other organisation. [url=http://www.bluemarinefoundation.com/projects/]See all their projects here[/url]. I was so impressed that I went to visit the charity the week after hearing them speak, to see how I could help. I can’t say I’ve been a great help but I’ve done what I can. We’ll find out in September if cycling to Monaco is something else I can do. Whether I can or can't, if we can provide the Blue Marine Foundation with some more resources, our descendants will thank us for it.[/p][p][b]Win a Taittinger-FIFA World Cup Prize[/b][/p][p][url=http://www.taittinger.com/]Taittinger [/url]is the official Champagne of the [url=https://www.fifa.com/worldcup/]FIFA World Cup 2018[/url]. Having heard of the Blue Marine Foundation's London-Monaco event, they have donated an official World Cup 2018 ball and a bottle of Taittinger [url=http://www.taittinger.fr/#/fr/NosChampagnes/GalerieDesCuvees/BrutReserve]Brut Reserve Champagne.[/url] So all donors will be entered into a draw to win these fabulous prizes.[/p][p]A heart-felt thanks to Taittinger.[/p][p]Thank you for taking an interest and I’m ever so grateful for your support. [/p][p][b]The Route[/b][/p][p]Here's the route. We start on 19 September 2018:[/p][p]We start on 19 September 2018:[/p][p]Day 1: London – Dover (137km / 87 miles & 1484m / 4868ft elevation)[/p][p]Day 2: Dunkirk – Roubaix (105km / 65 miles & 613m / 2011ft)[/p][p]Day 3: Mondorf – Strasbourg (199km / 123 miles & 1704m / 5590ft)[/p][p]Day 4: Strasbourg – Basel (123km / 76 miles & 356m / 1167ft)[/p][p]Day 5: Martigny- Rondissone (192km / 119 miles & 2884m / 9461ft)[/p][p]Day 6: Rondissone – Loano (199.7km / 124 miles & 2356m / 7730ft)[/p][p]Day 7: Loano – Monte Carlo (111km / 68 miles & 1329m / 4360ft)[/p][p][b]Totals: 1066km / 662 miles & 10,726m / 35,167ft)[/b][/p][p][url=https://roadrashmoment.wordpress.com]Read my blog[/url] as I travel around squeezing training rides between work and real life.[/p]
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Oct 4, 2018


Ali-so impressive. I'm not - sorry for not sorting this sooner but what a brilliant effort in terms of the training you put in, the ride itself and raising all that money for an excellent cause.


plus £7.50 Gift Aid

Sep 28, 2018

Rocky and Nigel

Interesting reading about BMF- great cause. Well done!


Sep 26, 2018

David Greening



plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Sep 26, 2018

Tone and Paul

Congratulations Alasdair! Amazing job.


Sep 25, 2018


Amazing achievement! X


plus £6.25 Gift Aid

Sep 25, 2018

Caitlin McLarty


plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Sep 24, 2018

Graham and Emma

Well done Alasdair!


plus £5.00 Gift Aid

Sep 24, 2018


Alasdair I think the effort you've made for such a good cause is amazing. Well done! With love. Rosemary x


Sep 24, 2018


Nearly there, well done you!


Sep 22, 2018

The Oyebodes

Dear Al, We are thinking of you as you come to the end of your epic ride. What a magnificent achievement and all for such a worthy cause. Yours in awe! The Oyebodes xxxx


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