April 7th. Non stop.
3 Peak Cycle Challenge

I am helping raise money for a life-saving operation for Phil Clark.  

Phil has a condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndromes (EDS) and needs an operation not availabe to him in the UK – spinal fusion surgery.  Basically, the soft tissue in his neck is unable to support the weight of his head or restrict movement as it should. This means that, during everyday movements, the bones in Phil’s neck are moving in such a way as to rub his spinal cord.

Phil’s only option is having spinal fusion surgery, if not, the symptoms will progress to paralysis, organ failure and then finally, if he survives that long, internal decapitation. His own body will sever the spinal cord.

Read more here: https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/phil-clark

Challenge begins:

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Pen y Fan

Pen y Fan is the highest peak in South Wales, situated in the Brecon Beacons National Park, at 886 metres above sea-level.

Cadair Idris

Cadair Idris is a mountain in Gwynedd, Wales, which lies at the southern end of the Snowdonia National Park, near the town of Dolgellau.

Snowdon

Snowdon is the highest mountain in Wales, at an elevation of 1,085 metres above sea level, and the highest point in the British Isles outside the Scottish Highlands.

Cycle Stage 1

The first cycle will be approximately 88 miles long, and should take between 6-8 hours, depending on how much training I get in and the weather!  
The thought of getting off a bike after this long, to then climb Cadair Idris is the hardest part, as I personally think that Cadair Idris is a harder climb than Snowdon or Pen y Fan!

Cycle Stage 2

The second stage cycle is shorter! I am expecting to be getting back on the bike around 8-10 hours into the challenge. This will then give me a around a 40-mile ride to one of the main routes up Snowdon. We’ll decide which one, depending on weather, but I am hoping for the Pyg Track!

Training

This is the part that always gets me! Cake anyone?

Giving myself less that a month to prepare makes this even more fun. I haven’t cycled long distance for over a year, maybe 18 months.  As I am writting this, I am looking at my bike… perhaps I should go out… I am allowed to cycle for an ice-cream in my training, right?

I’ll keep people posted on my progress. I will go for a cycle now, just after I finish this pain au chocolat!

Let's help Phil out!

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