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[p]Izaak and I completed this second fundraising ride successfully, cycling 108 miles from our home in Surrey to Bath in one day. We set off at 6.00am and arrived at 5.40pm - a long day in the saddle through beautiful if rather murky countryside in Berkshire and Hampshire. The weather was kind, a bit drizzly and misty but pretty much dry all day and with a tailwind; a brief downpour in the last few miles didn't dampen our enthusiasm and we finished with a comfortable roll into Bath along the Kennet and Avon canal to provide easy navigation into the city centre. No mechanical problems or punctures but one of Izaak's toe-clips fell off after about an hour and half - a couple of cable ties sorted it out, though, and it gave him no more trouble.[/p][p]Thanks to everyone who has donated and helped Izaak reach his hugely impressive total so far. The pangolins will appreciate it. [/p][p]---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p][b]STOP PRESS - Extra ride added to go for £10,000 donations total![/b][/p][p]Earlier in the summer Izaak cycled 710 miles from Surrey to Switzerland to raise money and awareness to help save pangolins in the wild. Thanks to the generosity of everyone who supported his efforts the amount raised is absolutely fantastic and way above the initial target and including the giftaid the total stands at £9446. With just a smidge over an additional £500 he will have reached the huge total of £10,000.[/p][p]To close this gap and give pangolins as much help as possible to beat the international poachers, Izaak is hoping you will support him in his new challenge. On November 23rd he will go for a new personal best on his bike, riding 100 miles in a day along the Thames valley and river Kennet corridor to Bath. It is not the best time of year to do this, with colder unpredictable weather and less daylight, so this will be a tough test for him - and he has only just turned 13, too. His dad will accompany him, happy to receive words of encouragement from Izaak along the way.[/p][p]Please do support Izaak and help him to help the pangolins. Thank you.[/p][p]Read on for information about our ride to Switzerland this summer.[/p][p][b]Cycling from Surrey, England, to Gland, Switzerland, in support of pangolin conservation. July 2019.[/b][/p][p][i]"Congratulations on such a splendid result for your epic bicycle trip!" [/i]- Sir David Attenborough.[/p][p]SUCCESS! Izaak completed his ride on Monday 5th August after 710 miles. The average was 54 miles per day, riding through a heatwave (42C in northern France), along the canal de la Marne and over the Jura mountains. Izaak was a superstar, never complaining or moaning once about the heat, the hills, his saddle, his legs, the distance... He just got on with it and finished every day with a smile on his face. Most importantly, he has raised a huge amount of money for WWF and their work to conserve pangolins in the wild - thank you so much to everyone who has donated. When we arrived in Gland at the end of the ride we were met by WWF Director General Marco Lambertini and his colleagues, confirming the importance of the message that Izaak was championing.[/p][p]------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------[/p][p]I am hosting this page on behalf of my son Izaak. Here is what he is planning to do this coming July and why, in his words.[/p][p][i]My name is Izaak, I am 12 years old and I am raising money for pangolins. Pangolins are the most trafficked mammal in the world but also the only scaly mammal. One pangolin is taken from the wild every 5 minutes and they are poached for their meat and scales. This is then used in traditional Asian medicine.The money that I raise will go to WWF in order to help them in their efforts of the conservation of pangolins through their Illegal Wildlife Trade fund. In order to raise this money I will be cycling from the WWF-UK headquarters in Woking to their international headquarters in Gland,Switzerland.This is more than 600 miles.I would really appreciate if you could donate to help restore a sustainable population in the wild.Thank you for your help and support.[/i][/p][p]Pangolins live in Africa and Asia. There are eight species and they are all endangered. To find out more about the plight of these endearing animals please click on these links:[/p][p][url=https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/pangolin]https://www.worldwildlife.org/species/pangolin[/url][/p][p][url=https://wwf.panda.org/our_work/wildlife/wildlife_trade/cites_cop17/big_five_at_cites_pangolin/]https://wwf.panda.org/our_work/wildlife/wildlife_trade/cites_cop17/big_five_at_cites_pangolin/[/url][/p][p][url=https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/sliding-scale-forgotten-pangolin]https://www.wwf.org.uk/updates/sliding-scale-forgotten-pangolin[/url][/p][p][u]Our route[/u][/p][p]Izaak and I will ride from Woking to Folkestone, take a train to Calais and then head through northern France, passing Arras, Reims and Chaumont before turning south towards Dijon. From here it will be up into the Jura mountains before descending to the shores of Lake Geneva and our destination - the WWF HQ in Gland, where we will be officially welcomed. If all goes according to plan the journey will take us two weeks (July 22nd to August 5th). The longest ride Izaak had done before deciding to embark on this adventure was a weekend trip from Reading to Bath along the Kennet and Avon canal, so this is quite a step up but he is a fit lad and will no doubt give his middle-aged dad a run for his money.[/p][p]Check back here for updates on our training and the build up to departure in July, and follow [url=https://twitter.com/redlineExped]@redlineexped[/url] on Twitter.[/p][p]Training: The first serious practice ride took place at the end of April, with a 25-mile route into the Surrey hills to give Izaak his first taste of some proper uphill (there isn't much of it in our neck of the woods), and downhill, too. A week later it was off to the Chilterns for more undulations and a significant increase in mileage, as Izaak clocked up 53 miles. Really impressive stuff! [/p][p]After 45 miles on bank holiday Monday down to West Sussex (to the Knepp wilding project - recommended), on the first weekend of June we enjoyed two sunny days, riding out through the Thames Valley, Chilterns and Wessex Downs, to get more of a taste of long consecutive days in the saddle. We covered 56 miles on Saturday and 53 miles on Sunday - Izaak coped brilliantly with just the serious climb up from Streatley needing a break (very near the top as it turned out but we couldn't see around the corner).[/p][p]We had a tough couple of days this weekend (5th and 6th July) as we set out to recce the first day's ride (to avoid any embarrassing navigational errors on the official start, as we don't want to take a wrong turn and end up an hour later back where we started). We covered 31 miles on Friday evening, which conveniently took us to my father-in-law's garden which was our campsite for the night (doing things thoroughly we were carrying panniers and overnight kit), and then continued east towards East Grinstead along Sustrans routes. We turned around here and headed back, clocking up 70 miles for the day and a new PB for Izaak. He was feeling fine and has learned his lesson that you need to eat and drink throughout the day in order to make it to the end successfully. I felt rather worse and relaxed back at home with a packet of frozen peas on my knee![/p][p][Pangolin banner photo: copyright Photoshot Licence Ltd / Alamy Stock Photo][/p]
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