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| Blog, Mountain Biking Uk | 02/01/2013 08:26am

Guest blog: Steve Chalk has a big old ride to prepare for – all for a good cause

Steve Chalk and his team will be riding 205 miles on the Pennine Bridal Way for Factor50 in June

Steve Chalk is a 51-year-old Wiltshireman from a small village called Broadchalke, about 8 miles southwest of Salisbury. He’s been riding tracks and trails for more years than he cares to remember, and he loves a challenge. This is his first guest blog for MBUK.
So here’s a thing. Can you take 12 novices and train them up over seven months to cover 205 miles of the Pennine Bridleway in four days? We’re about to find out!

So who’s training? Collectively we’re Team SSIJ (stands for #somethingsillyinjune) .  As the name suggests, we do something ridiculous every June and we do this to heighten awareness of Melanoma and to raise some cash for Factor50.

Why Melanoma I hear you ask?  The brutal answer is that I’ve a stage 4 terminal diagnosis and am only here now because I was lucky enough to get on a trial for an experimental drug.

Having been given some extra time on the planet I thought I’d use it wisely and my family and friends soon rallied round, hence we now have a team of 12 ultra athletes (cough) and a support crew of 10 doing what we can to aid the fight against this most unpredictable of cancers.

So when I say novices, I mean novices – two of us a mountain bike but only ride recreationally, but the other 10 have never even sat on one.

Trusty steed…

The first challenge then is sorting something to ride – not easy when the budget amounts to diddlysquat and none of us has a rich uncle called Roman.  Somebody has mentioned a thing on the interweb called Ebay….

Right, that’s the scene setter and hopefully from now on in I can keep you entertained with the trials and tribulations as we work up to the challenge.

In the meantime you can always visit www.ssij.co.uk to find out more, or alternatively search us out on Facebook, Twitter or Youtube – you’ll be most welcome, even more so if you have a rich uncle called Roman!

 

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