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The Envision Cycling Challenge 2022

Hear from one of this year’s bike riders, Andrew Bacon, about his experience on the Envision Cycling Challenge 2022…
The Envision Cycling Challenge 2022

3 days, 240 miles and several beachfront views later, the Envision Cycling Challenge 2022 is over! As a result of the fantastic fundraising efforts and the generosity of all those who donated, we were able to raise an amazing 120k through this year’s ride. This will go directly to supporting us to empower more young people through our 2022-23 and 2023-24 programmes.

Hear from one of our riders and members of the organising committee, Andrew Bacon, about his experience on this year’s bike ride…

“What a really amazing trip this year’s bike ride was.  The combination of fantastic weather, being by the seaside, the company and the wonderful views came together to make a truly memorable journey for all of us.

Day one began as the dawn broke when we set off from the north side of Bristol.  A snake of 35 riders gradually broke off into smaller groups, with a leading pack of speedsters quickly carving out their place in the pack and being long departed from the morning’s coffee stop before the back markers arrived for a quick break.  Organising a coffee stop with its own bike repair shop attached proved handy for a couple of us with minor maintenance issues (defective brakes!) even at this stage.

Day one offered the biggest challenge of hills through the Mendips, but the reward was a long, wonderful coast with a magnificent view into Weymouth at the end.  We passed the splendidly named Wookey Hole, gorgeous Wells Cathedral and Sherbourne Abbey, which comes up on you as a fabulous surprise.  Even after 90 miles there was time for a dip in a refreshingly cool sea and a visit to one of the many pubs in Weymouth.

Day two allowed us some beautiful expansive views of Dorset, another dip in the sea at Bournemouth, two ferry rides and a sweet visit to the ponies in the New Forest.  All that and a relaxing absence of lung-busting hills! 

Our last day took in the narrow roads and great views of the South Downs National Park, although the quality of the cakes in the coffee stop in Liss might feature well up on the list of highlights for some.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that the wonderfully raucous reception given to us all by friends and family as we rode as one huge group up to finish in Guildford was pretty emotional!  It reminds you that this really is a challenge and an achievement to remember.

This event is a tremendous experience for those taking part, and not only from the satisfaction of helping the young people involved in the charity. It requires commitment, belief in yourself, good humour and large doses of three of Envision’s key skills: communication, determination and teamwork.  It’s all well-worth the effort!”

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Written by:

Finn O'Ryan

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