Blog from Mark Robinson

What can I tell you, I like riding my bike! My love of cycling was borne out of necessity initially because as a teenager living in a country town in the Cotswolds the only way to see my mates was to cycle to them. This developed into a bit of time trialling before going to college but it’s always been a passion of mine because it helps me on so many different levels, it acts as a stress reliever, a time to think about things, a way to push yourself to your limit, and to enjoy some decent countryside.

For many years whilst friends played proper sports like football, rugby, golf, or squash I took myself off on my bike whilst dressed in lycra. Most people thought that this was a bit odd and really couldn’t see the attraction, however in recent years things have changed and cycling is, I guess, cool. It’s great to see so many people enjoying it irrespective of age and fitness level.

My experience on two wheels is reasonable I guess, I’ve completed 3 Etape du Tours and the gruelling Marmotte (which despite the pain at the time I recommend). I have also completed for Macmillan Cancer Research Lands’ End to John O’Groats 1.5 times (on the first attempt I was knocked off and hospitalised so felt the need to complete it the next year for the charity and the sponsors).  

In recent years my ability to cycle has been curtailed as I’ve become a father. My passion has transferred away from a piece of carbon fibre to a beautiful daughter, who thankfully looks like her mother! Her wellbeing and happiness is my top priority and it’s for that reason that I wanted to add my support to Jilly and Property for Kids to raise money for other children so that they can enjoy a better standard of life.

So when you’re considering if, or how much, to sponsor us please don’t think that this is a bunch of guys just out on their bikes for a mooch around but instead that there will be a fair amount of pain and suffering for everyone who takes part but they do it knowing that some children that have had a rough time of things will have a better time as a result of our efforts.