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[p]ANDREW HAS NOW SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETED HIS 4000+ MILE TRANS AMERICA BIKE RACE BUT STILL NEEDS YOUR HELP TO RAISE AS MUCH MONEY AS POSSIBLE FOR MIND.[/p][p][img]https://scontent-lht6-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/t1.0-9/36852309_2051156831801940_2473702812316336128_o.jpg?_nc_cat=0&oh=3054b9dbfa7dec688ec2211282b43784&oe=5BA4037A[/img][/p][p][img][/img][/p][p][b][img][/img]What was the race? [/b][/p][p]This was a completely self supported race (challenge in my case) starting in the North West coastal town of Astoria and, hopefully, culminating some 4184.5 miles later in Yorktown on America’s east coast. As you can see from the graphic below this involved getting over the rockies, climbing to just over 11,000ft above sea level, and then dealing with head and crosswinds of the plains. The race passed through 10 states following the Trans America Trail, riders are not allowed any outside assistance that is not available to all other contenders.[/p][p]I have been thinking about doing a major challenge for a number of years and as I am going to be 60 years old later this year (I lost my father when he was 59 to alcoholism) I decided it was now or never.[/p][p]Over the past few years I have become much more aware of the issues surrounding mental health, I believe that there are not many families that have not been touched one way or another by these issues. The work of MIND was brought into focus for me by the amazing efforts of the Four Oarsmen earlier this year and the fantastic sums that they were able to raise for this great cause. My daughter (Maddy) strongly lobbied me to raise some funds for charity whilst pursuing my own personal folly, hence my approach to you now. [/p][p]I have negotiated a £ for £ matching agreement with my employer – NRL Group Limited who have very generously agreed to match any funding up to £25,000![/p][p]So please dig deep for this worthwhile cause.[/p][p]Andrew [/p][p][b]You can track my progress [/b][url=https://nrl.co.uk/knowledge-hub/trans-am-2018/][b]here[/b][/url][b].[/b][/p][p][br][/p]