Everyone who loves to ride a bike knows what great benefits we receive. Peddling through the great outdoors clears the mind and can act as a distraction from everyday worries. We can travel great distances, visit interesting sites and get to know new people. Cycling helps the mind. There is no doubt that if you cycle several times a week – possibly to go shopping, the daily commute or just for leisure – then you are going to lose weight and get fit. Cycling helps us keep fit. If we use our bikes more often and leave the car at home, we are going to reduce carbon emissions and reclaim our local communities. The air will be fresher, and we will see and meet more people. Cycling helps the environment. Cycle for Africa aims to support people of all ages get back on their bike and leave their car at home. We also want to keep Boris to his pledge of increasing proper (not stupid painted lines on roads) cycle routes throughout the United Kingdom (and hopefully beyond).
One of the great benefits that we can all benefit from by being connected with this great charity is that we can both enjoy life, by cycling, and help others. To ride London to Paris had the joint benefit of raising vital funds but it was also a great opportunity to promote cycling. The ride itself, for many, would be seen as being straight forward. However, with up to 90 miles in the saddle and the last leg racing through the busy streets of Paris it certainly had many challenges. Without doubt the great ride into the French capital is the most stunning part of the journey. Venturing through its glorious streets with hundreds of fellow cyclists is a moment to remember. We were lucky in that we were guided up the Champs Elysees – which really was ‘heaven on earth’. The money raised by cycling London to Paris (twice) supported two great projects in Africa. Firstly, Cycle for Arica raised money for an environmental project supported by Christian Aid. Secondly, we were able to help to doctors serving as consultants in Rwanda.