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Earlier this year, several employees from our company decided to embark on a mission. Following the direction of Phil Keenan, who took the bold first step to suggest signing up, we decided to attempt the Swedish legendary bike ride - the Vätternrundan ( https://vatternrundan.se/vatternrundan/en/). It's a fairly epic ride over 315km, around Sweden's second largest lake (called…strangely "Vättern") and across 1 full day. It's the world's largest amateur bike ride. As a group, we consider ourselves very much amateur cyclists…so why not?
To our surprise, the interest was quite strong. We have collected a group of 11 willing volunteers. Eduardo, Etienne, Fabricio, Fabio, James, Justin, Neil, Neil (that's right, there's two of them…and they're both Scots), Pascal, Phil and Ricardo.
We've decided to do the run with the intent to fundraise for some charities:
- Alzheimer fonden
- Cancer fonden
- Flames Cycling
So why these 3 charities? Although each of us has our own story, supporting our overall reasoning, Phil has taken the liberty to make a little note of each below and a little of his own feelings & motivations behind it.
Alzheimer's is the most common cause of dementia, a general term for memory loss and other cognitive abilities serious enough to interfere with daily life. Alzheimer's disease accounts for 60-80% of dementia cases. Alzheimer's is not a normal part of aging.In July 2021, my father lost the fight against Alzheimer's disease. Worse still, due to living abroad and the Covid pandemic I was unable to support him & my family to the right level during his failing months, weeks and days. So, for me, the mental & psychological struggle of the ride will have a direct relation to this noble charity - every challenge on every gram of my mind's worth (which remains at future risk due to the hereditary nature of Alzheimer's) is a testament & tribute to those lost to this disease.
Cancer - unfortunately I don't think I really need to describe this monster to anyone, as so few people's lives today have not been touched by it in some way. Alas, mine is no exception there either, having lost my mother during my childhood with her at the age of 38. Yet compensating for this trauma, I also have family successes - cancer scares, diagnoses and successful treatment programmes that have led to loved ones returning to their lives having evaded or beaten cancer. For me, this charity represents the ongoing battle to ensure the right diagnosis, the right treatments and the eventual cure. Again, every ache & groan of my bones and muscles is for them - the fighters, the victims, the families, the doctors, nurses and researchers that wage war against cancer.
Flames Cycling ( https://highandover.cc/flames/) - is a cycling club based in Sierra Leone. Sierra Leone, ranking 182 out of 187 countries in the Human Development Index in 2019 is still a poor and impoverished country looking to elevate itself to its potential. Flames Cycling Club has a mixed stock of donated bicycles, kits, gear, components and runs as a club with the express intention to get kids engaged in sport and away from the drug trafficking that still resides there. Upon hearing of their constant quest to stitch together punctured inner tubes (because puncture repair kits are hard to get hold of) and bikes inoperative (because buying a seat post or a derailleur was not an option), I found myself rightly humbled as I complain about one of my three bikes needing some maintenance. It does not take much to see that fundraising to help give people a chance & some choice in their lives to indulge in the sport I now love…was a no brainer.
And your part?
So why are we telling you all this? Because the next part is where you help. We would dearly love to fundraise as much as we can against these three charities by enduring (& hopefully enjoying) the epic Vätternrundan. And we'll do it as a group, proudly sporting those charities on our jerseys a well as the Heart Aerospace logo. United in our little endeavour to break a little sweat and do our bit to get the money where it needs to be in the world.
- Philip Keenan
Ride complete...more donations always welcome!!Update posted by Philip Keenan at 09:28 am
So, the team did it!9 of us across the finish line at the same time with approx 10 hours 45 mins of ride time, averaging 29km/h. 1 team member came in 10-15 minutes later based on following their own pace and unfortunately 1 team member had to retire due to
Avengers Assemble?Update posted by Philip Keenan at 10:11 am
With only days to go...we are out of physical training and into logistics preparation, resting and getting our "head in the game".
Closer and closer comes the timeUpdate posted by Philip Keenan at 07:18 am
We're now at little over a week away from the main run.Fundraising is coming along well, thanks to all who donate and continue to offer support.A few niggling injuries have started to give a little edge of nerves, the group is doing its best to look after itself, conserve energy
Heart Aerospace kits arrive & training updateUpdate posted by Philip Keenan at 03:36 pm
Well our kits from High & Over have arrived; we now look pretty professional!Training is very much well underway; we've one month to go now and the nerves start to build a little.Enthusiasm is definitely up with the kits and the better weather here in Sweden.Stay tuned as we get