Necker Island cycle challenge

Ever since I got back into cycling at the Cape Argus in South Africa a few years ago, I’ve been a regular in the saddle. Whether its training rides or epic Strive Challenge adventures, I love putting myself to the test on a bike. So, if I am challenged to a cycle race, I’m always going to say yes.

Necker cycle 2020

This happened on Necker Island recently, and I was happy to jump on my bike to take on one of our guests, Frank Van Etten. As we raced around the island I had the upper hand and was delighted to reach the finish line first. But that wasn’t the end…

We agreed to a rematch – this time with some money on the line for good causes. I was confident of another victory. But as we prepared to start, Frank whispered to me that he had actually been a professional cyclist and had let me win the first race – conspiring with my friend Mike Abbott to set me up for a fall in the second race.


Well, we decided to double cross Mike. As we came up the hill we were neck and neck, before I pulled away to narrowly cross the finish line first.

Of course, we did a third run where I urged Frank to go flat out against me – and yes, he won that one!

Cycling is such a fun sport and one of the best ways to keep active and healthy – for both your body and mind.

I also had a fun (but sweaty!) time racing Tour de France veteran, George Hincapie, on Necker recently.

George Hincapie and Richard Branson

Whether your furiously racing or casually riding, if you haven’t caught the cycling bug yet, I highly recommend giving it a go.


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