Rowan House‘s Simon Cousins is swapping his desk for his bike once again. After his Alpine exploits a couple of years ago, he’s riding a little closer to home this time by taking part in the Five Valleys Sportive.
This is one of Wales’ most famous cycle race routes and he’ll be raising money for his local community radio station, SWINDON 105.5. Says Simon:
“I have been inspired to do this cycle ride because my daughter, Laura, who has Asperger’s Syndrome, has really benefitted from volunteering at the radio station and now I would like to give something back. They do an amazing job in supporting and promoting community projects and giving young people the skills and confidence to find work.”
“The station is totally reliant on grants, sponsorship and good-will so it is really important that money is raised for this important local service. A special mention must go to Shirley Ludford, the station manager, because without her passion and her desire to help less privileged people the station would not exist – she is a real star.”
Simon will start the most famous route in Wales on Sunday 31st August. The Five Valleys route is popular due to its arduous course taking in some of the most historical mountain climbs in South Wales.
To prepare for the tough challenge ahead, Simon has been training for the last 4 months, including cycling up the White Horse Hill, Uffington, which has a 10% gradient. “I’m looking forward to riding over the Bwlch and Rhigos passes with my two good friends, who are accompanying me on the challenge, but I’m not looking forward to the possibility of getting caught in wet and windy weather and the final section of the ride where there are some very steep sections.”
Simon has set himself a £1,000, fundraising target. Have a look at his Local Giving page to donate and see how he’s doing.