2020 saw my brother-in-law, Ian Richard Sanders and I achieve some quite spectacular cycling goals, well spectacular for a disabled brain injury survivor cycling with a heart attack victim, successfully cycling three different coast to coast challenges along with many hundreds of miles cycling to different placs.

You can read all about them on my previous blogs….

2021 I’m expecting to be mind blowing in comparison.

On Tuesday, 13th of April Ian, my cycling buddy Stef Brown and I will be driving to Holyhead ready to cycle 109.2 miles to Chester. We have set aside 2 days but, I think that its achievable in just one day.

On Sunday, 16th May Ian and I are taking on the 2021 Poppy Ride.

There are three distances that you can aim for, theirs a 35km ride, a 70km ride and, a 136km ride round the Staffordshire countryside.

We’ve opted to tackle the 136km challenge which, will be our longest ride in a single day since returning to cycling. 

136km equates to roughly 85 miles.

This is what they say about the dreaded COVID: –

“All our events operate in line with COVID-19 safety guidelines at the time”….. 

Detailed below is some information about what’s in store for us both.

136km: This is the longest Poppy Ride route which is comparable to the longest day on our iconic Pedal to Paris event, this route also passes the very poignant National Memorial Arboretum

Route 3: Distance 136km Elevation 1094m

The event’s longest route takes in Cannock Chase, as well as stopping at The National Memorial Arboretum, the UK’s year-round centre of Remembrance, before returning to Lilleshall. A poignant and enjoyable ride, at 136km it’s a fantastic challenge.

From June 25th – July 10th Ian and I, supported by Stef will be taking on the JOGLE, 937 miles from John ‘O’ Groats to Lands-end.

There will be further goals as we get further into 2021 but, I think this is enough to be getting on with for now.

“I’ll probably never be able to walk unaided again but, I can ride the wheels of my trike”.