We are helping 2 University of Bath students with a ride they are doing for the charity ‘Habitat for Humanity‘, read on for more on their challenge and the helping hand we are giving their charity cause. They’d also appreciate sponsorship so please do give if this charity does it for you, it did for us which is why we are helping out!
We are Tom Laight and Tim Traynar, engineering students at the University of Bath, and both long-term bicycle fanatics. In 2011, we decided to start planning a grueling cycling trip from John O’Groats to Land’s End, both as a personal challenge and as a fundraising event for Habitat for Humanity.
The journey from John O’Groats in the Scottish Highlands to Land’s End at the tip of Cornwall is famous for being the nearly 1000-mile trip which runs the entire length of Great Britain. In June 2012, we plan to spend two weeks cycling from one end of our island to the other in order to raise money for Habitat for Humanity. We’ve both loved riding bikes for as long as we can remember and so, even though our normal preference is for the muddier side of cycling, we felt that riding from John O’Groats to Land’s End would be a great challenge to pit ourselves against. Being able to use this as an opportunity to raise money for a very worthwhile charity really is the icing on the cake.
Habitat for Humanity is a worldwide charity that champions the rights of every human being to have clean water, education, healthcare and above all, a decent place to live. But more than this, they take real action to work with local communities all over the world to help build long-term solution to housing problems. Since being founded in 1976, Habitat for Humanity has helped over 2.5 million people to renovate, repair or build more than 500,000 homes across the globe.
Green Park Bike Station
Tom Jenkins, owner of Green Park Bike Station in Bath, has been a great help in preparation for this challenge. We have received help in many forms, including Tom’s professional expertise along with supply of important equipment such as Blackburn seatpost-mounted luggage racks, Elite water bottles and Lezyne bottle cages, Elite chamois cream and a spare Michelin tyre, just in case! The Bike Station has also kindly offered a complimentary bike service to make sure our machines are in top condition before we set off.
Have a look at our blog (address below) for forthcoming mini-reviews of the products from the Bike Station and links to our Just Giving page, where you can sponsor us.
Just Giving: www.justgiving.com/tomntimcycling