ot content with doing any old charity bike ride, a Welshman has taken on the challenge to travel 18,000 miles around the world, on a virtual tour. Hooked up to high tech virtual reality equipment, Chris will be taking on hills and mountains as he travels across the globe, feeling every incline.
This afternoon I had the opportunity to speak to Chris live during his ride, and his passion for the cause was clear. Chris gets his inspiration from his wife Rity, who sadly died from cancer aged just 48. He knows that she would want him to continue to do all he can to stop cancer once and for all.
To take on the challenge of cycling around the world, one would assume that Chris is a seasoned cyclist, but he got into the sport quite late. Chris didn’t learn to cycle until his mid-20s and drifted away from cycling as he got older. However, his enthusiasm and commitment to cycling resurfaced when his wife became unwell.
Currently Chris is nearly 4000 miles into his tour, coming up to the Russian city of Omsk. Despite the epic distance travelled so far, Chris is upbeat and says his legs are holding up well to the challenge. However, he won’t be enjoying the flat terrain for long as a mountain range is on the horizon for Sunday’s ride.
Although reaching his goal of 18,000 miles is important, Chris’s main hopes for the challenge are to raise awareness of the symptoms of bowel cancer and raise donations for important charities.
The cycle tour has so far raised over £30,000 for Bowel Cancer UK, Velindre, and Cancer Research Wales. This money will help the charities continue to do their vital work on diagnosing and treating cancer, along with supporting individuals in their time of need.
Chris would like to send his thanks to the people of Newport who have been welcoming and supportive. Chris has been overwhelmed by the generosity of the public throughout the tour so far, and Newport has been no different. Local people have stopped to talk to Chris about their own experiences with cancer and to offer him support. The team in Friars Walk have been particularly helpful to Chris during his time in the city.
On each leg of his journey, Chris is inviting members to join him as a Ride25 Cyclist. If you are a keen rider, there is still time to get involved. Visit the Ride25 website for further details on how you can join the world tour. For the less adventurous, you can follow progress online, via social media or on YouTube.
Chris will be in Friars Walk until Saturday, so head down and show your support for an inspiring man on an incredible journey.