The preparations for the 500 km Transaid cycle Malawi charity mountain bike ride continues
I have met all my training goals so far and we are now into the ‘lets-not-just-survive-but-build-up- enough-strength-to-have-fun-phase’.
On the logistics front - Transaid is a logistic charity after all so we must mention the logistics 😉
Visa is now in progress, all other paperwork done. Vaccination check done. Flights & accommodation sorted. Jerseys goes to the printer tomorrow to get the sponsors on display. Equipment lists prepared, still need few bits but almost there. All good.
I am bringing my own handlebar ends and pedals. The latter has been a big debate amongst the 41 people participating - to click or not to click. Using the click pedals means you have 30-50% more power when you need it and a smoother ride, on the other hand you are locked in and for some riders that is a daunting thought. There is also the fact that we will be riding on sandy roads & trails and some people are afraid of getting sand in the works. I am going for it though, with modern mountain bike shoes in which you can ride, walk and even run in a pinch I am feeling quite comfortable with my choice.
Also on the equipment list is our latest purchase: a headcam, to put onto my helmet. I am going to take it with me on a couple of the last training rides and I will be using it in Malawi too to give a view into the challenges we meet.
The outlook remains: Hard work but fun and for a great purpose.
Check out Transaid here: https://www.transaid.org/ and if you feel like sponsoring them through me you can do so here: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/freddy-rasmussen 100% of your contribution goes straight to Transaid.
My thankyou to all the people, and the companies, that already have sponsored. Thank you for reading and for all the support.