Turning 40 last year I turned my mind to what healthy pursuit I could get involved in appropriate for my middle aged body. Avoca Team Captain Charlie Elders got in my ear over a quiet ale about trying cycling with a view to joining the Ride For Youth. Initially I was reluctant.
Firstly the kit; could I really wear lycra? And I knew from my work colleague Paul Reilly the time commitment involved. But if you know Charlie you'll know resistance is futile. Perhaps if he'd known how much work he'd have to do on me, he may have re-thought his pitch!
It has been a steep learning curve. From those early days just trying to clip into my cleets without stacking it, to coping with 4.30am starts 3 times a week. I'd think I'd done a full days work at then look at my watch and it was 10am! Then there's the jargon and etiquette. Bibs and braces, Chamois, Cadence, Calling, I could go on. Changing a tyre? Forget about it it's too hard you may as well just call an Uber.
What has been amazing is the Hawaiian Ride For Youth community I've joined. Everyone involved is so supportive and encouraging and there is a real sense of putting in to give back. The logistics involved in organizing 250+ riders of all different abilities to train for 6 months and then do the ride is staggering. The charity itself has done amazing work for many years in mental health with Australia youth. I know personally from my school days where we lost several students to youth suicide how prevalent the issue is and serious the consequences of not addressing it is as well.
So I guess what I'm saying is PLEASE GIVE GENEROUSLY TO THIS WONDERFUL CAUSE!!!!!!!!
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