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Izaak and Gregory Yeoman

Cycling from Surrey to Switzerland

Total raised so far £0.00

Target £0.00

Total plus Gift Aid: £0.00

Raised offline: £0.00

My story

[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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Personal Challenge Date

22 Jul 2019



Aug 21, 2019

Linda and Peter

Well done!


Aug 21, 2019


£21.00 plus £5.25 Gift Aid

Aug 21, 2019


Fantastic effort Izaak and Greg - for a very important cause!


Aug 20, 2019


Fantastic achievement Izaak (and Greg!)

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2019

Master Lee

Huge congratulations. Such an amazing achievement.

£15.00 plus £3.75 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2019


Congratulations to both of you - a fantastic effort.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2019

Kate F

Well done!

£5.00 plus £1.25 Gift Aid

Aug 19, 2019


I continue to be so impressed by your achievement and the money you've raised but I do wish I could just occasionally beat you at table tennis!!! Granny

£50.00 plus £12.50 Gift Aid

Aug 17, 2019

Patti Fletcher

Thank-you both so much for your amazing efforts to save these charming animals-


Aug 17, 2019

Barbara S

Very well done both of you! Really worthwhile cause.

£10.00 plus £2.50 Gift Aid