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03-04-2016 11:48

502 miles and counting... cycling for Prostate Cancer UK

Firstly I have to start by saying a massive thank you to everyone at Mezzanine International Group for being so supportive. Aside from their very generous donation for Prostate Cancer UK, their tweets and updates on LinkedIn have been great and really help promote the epic challenge I’m attempting! So since committing to cycling the 145 miles in just two days from the Olympic Stadium in London to the Ajax Arena in Amsterdam, with over 400 hardy (maybe a little mad!!) riders, raising money for Prostate Cancer UK, how has my training and preparation gone so far?

502 miles and counting... cycling for Prostate Cancer UK

Let me start with some of my training stats:

  • In January I trained for 19hrs and completed 218 miles
  • In February I trained for 15hrs and completed 139 miles
  • In March I trained for 15completed 145 mileshrs and completed 145 miles

A total of 49 hours of training so far, completing 502 miles.


502 miles is the equivalent of me riding from the Mezzanine International offices in Kent to the centre of Dundee in Scotland!


The winter weather has been more than a little challenging throughout January and February, with lots of rain, cold winds and freezing temperatures. But as they say there is no such thing as bad weather just the wrong type of clothes!


Overall my training has gone really well so far, aside from a week or so off with the flu in early March. Being a fairly inexperienced road cyclists I am going on a learning journey (please excuse the pun!) each time I venture out on my bike. From making sure I am prepared properly by wearing the appropriate or correct cycling apparel to planning training routes that are safe and challenging, as well as making sure I 'fuel' properly before I ride, during the ride and after long training rides.


Additionally the coverage and support that I am receiving from AFC Bournemouth and Prostate Cancer UK is simply amazing. I have created a blog, which I endeavour to update with events, happenings and stories most days. You can view the blog at


Most importantly the fund raising has gone amazingly well and far exceeded my expectations. At the end of March I‘ve raised £1,510 for Prostate Cancer UK.


A massive thank you to everyone who has so kindly donated and supported me. You've been brilliant. If you wish to donate please visit my Just Giving page


Finally I thought I share some numbers with you…

  • 150 – days between starting my training on 1st January and departing for London to Amsterdam on the 3rd June 2016
  • 42 – the most miles I have ridden in a single training ride
  • 1510 – the total amount of pounds I have raised so far in sponsorship
  • 2177 – the number of views my blog has received
  • 502 – total amount of training miles I completed in January, February and March
  • 45 – the age I will be on the start line in June, as my birthday’s a week before
  • 32 – the ratio of my bike's gear cassette that I upgraded to make hill climbs a little easier
  • 30 – the shirt number of AFC Bournemouth player Matt Ritchie who is supporting and endorsing the ride
  • 73 – the total number of blog posts I have written so far on my blog
  • 1 – the number of crashes I’ve had whilst training
  • 3 – items of bespoke cycling kit from the amazing people at SaddleDrunk made for me

So thanks for reading and again for donating to an important cause that touches so many of us all.


Gary Trudgett


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