Michael Reynolds

Michael Reynolds

London 2 Paris & London 2 Brighton Bike rides

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Total raised so far£0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Target£0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[p]Background. Have lost 50kg since I began in Sept 2019, started at Bisham Abbey gym with what seemed like endless walking on treadmills as running was a step too hard. Worked hard but a lack of consistency meant that I lost weight slowly but I did loose 10kg up to march. [/p][p]Early March 2020 just before the lockdown I tired to ride a bike for the first time in 3 years, I couldn’t manage to ride the 4km between my house and my parents house, the suspension on the bike bottomed out on the corner because of my weight and threw me off the bike and even the 3% gradient hills proved too difficult. [/p][p]The first lockdown made me make the choice to either give up alcohol or put back on the weight. I made the choice to give up booze and cigs at a difficult time where it would have been easy to say sod it.. over lockdown I did very little exercise just walking mosts days as it was all that I was allowed, but the lack of calories from booze meant I lost a further 3 kgs. [/p][p]I was determined to ride my bike I knew I loved to ride my bike but 15kg had to be lost before I could even ride a bike safely. [/p][p]I eventually started to ride, spending a lot of my time driving the car to Virginia waters and cycling about. 18km rides quickly became 30km rides and I decided to push hard for 50km in early Sept 2020. The next months we hard, still being a big lad I remember quite plainly all of the times when I got abuse hurled my way, it is so difficult when you have lost 20kg already but are drawn to the fact that people still see you as fat and feel the need to put you down even though your out there trying your best to put it right. The only thing I can advise to those out there going through that is to use it and push harder because you will get through to the other side if you preserver. [/p][p]In November 2020 we all had to endure the second lockdown beginning again. Unfortunately this would turn out to be a really difficult time for me. I went through a break up and lost 2 friends in the space of that first week, I don’t believe I suffer from depression but I could actually feel myself spiralling downwards. I was blessed with some very close friend that kept in contact with me and helped me through. I didn’t give up tho. I got on my bike and rode everyday. When the stay local rules came into force I began to ride the same 50km ride every day. The weight started to fall off and soon I had hit the 40kg mark. [/p][p]Bikes were in demand and not being made, because of my weight I was popping spokes like tic tacs and all other manner of issues with the bike were cropping up. I had to learn to fix 90% of the issues myself. A combination of GCN videos and necessity meant I learnt how to fix and maintain all manner of things on my bike like a cut rate Iron Man. [/p][p]Over only the next few months I managed to get my rides to 100km and took it to the cycling notable achievement of the 100 mile ride for the first time on a very very cold Christmas eve. It was brought to my attention at that point that there are a lot of cyclists doing something called the festive 500, where riders ride 500km between between Christmas eve and New Years Eve, so I worked hard and completed that too. [/p][p]In March 2020 I set up the Mikeys Motivational challenge, where riders can set a 50/100/250/500 mile challenge for the month depending on what each person felt was the challenging level for them. This had great uptake and managed to motivate a number of people into returning to exercising on a regular basis. [/p][p]Finally I got a road bike after a 4 months of delays and delays, did I not mention that everything you read up to this point I did on a mountain bike, You don’t need top tech to be a good bike rider. I took my riding to the next level and trained harder with a few goals in Mind. The first was London to Paris and London to Brighton respectively. To make sure I was worthy of speaking to the charities I completed the distance required in the four days to prove I could do it. And then set my sights on the Yorkshire Tour. [/p][p]On 05/06/2021 I rode 107miles and climbed 2450m (1/4 of the height of Mt Everest) in one of the harder level UKCE Tour events. [/p][p]Now I feel I am ready to go out and do the charity rides but need help to raise the money and awareness for the two charities. GOSH and Cancer Research UK.[/p][p][br][/p][p]UPDATE - with the London Paris being postponed until June 2022 I decided to still ride the 430km over the original 4 days.... and I smashed it by doing 515km on rides both locally and train/ car rides away.. Next stop London Brighton on the 19/09/21..[/p]

Supporters


Nov 30, 2021

Henry Kimbell

I think this will be the last donation on here for a while. Great work Mike - you're an absolute hero for the way you have turned your health around and no doubt inspired many others. Well done! X

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Oct 27, 2021

Stu and Li Smith

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Oct 5, 2021

Anonymous

£20.00

plus £5.00 Gift Aid


Sep 23, 2021

Ken Dryburgh

Mike you are doing a fantastic job of raising money for great cause. Also for your own health you should be very proud of what you have achieved and continue to achieve.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Sep 13, 2021

Anonymous

What a story Mike, keep smashing those targets


Sep 11, 2021

Hugh

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Aug 23, 2021

Simon Smedley

Great work Mikey, well done!

£10.00

plus £2.50 Gift Aid


Aug 23, 2021

Neil and Joy

Well done Mike. Awesome!!.

£30.00

plus £7.50 Gift Aid


Aug 22, 2021

Dave and Marion Connor

Congratulations Mike and very well done! you are an inspiration , keep it going! Dave & Marion x

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid


Aug 22, 2021

Gary

Great effort Mikey. Good to ride with you today.

£50.00

plus £12.50 Gift Aid

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