Get on your bike for a great cause

Grace Mortlock by Grace Mortlock
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I originally got into cycling as a means to get me to and from university, but I soon found myself venturing further afield, cycling up and down the Bournemouth coast line where I was living. It wasn't until after university that road cycling took my fancy and boy, I have never looked back!

It was a rocky start. Getting used to clip in shoes meant I had to pick myself up off the road on more than one occasion, and then I fell off my bike going too fast downhill. But despite this, road cycling always left me feeling fulfilled both physically and mentally. Whizzing along the open roads with adrenaline pumping through my body and the wind blowing through my hair, I always feel invincible!

After a friend recommended that I apply for the Ride London back in 2013, I signed up not really understanding what I was letting myself in for! I decided to ride for Whizz-Kidz as one of my friends was lucky enough to receive a trike from them. Seeing the difference in her wellbeing was incredible. It gave her freedom, enabling her to move independently and safely, helping her to grow with confidence. Fundraising for Whizz-Kidz was a pleasure and a joy.

I created a JustGiving page and emailed it out to everyone I know. I organised a few local bike rides around a track which was extremely popular. I also made little bags which I gave to people if they donated, they were very popular. 

Cycling is a fantastic way to get active. I love the way it brings women to together old and young, no matter what shape, size or age you are. It works the body yet limits the impact on your joints meaning you can cycle into your old age. One of the most memorable days I have had was cycling with my grandmother, my mother and myself, three generations together. So what’s stopping you? Grab a bike and a friend and get moving! Happy cycling! 

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