Training for the Virgin Strive Challenge

The Virgin Strive Challenge 2018 is fast approaching, and I’ve been busy preparing for this year’s adventure. This purpose-driven challenge will take us from Mt Etna to the summit of Mont Blanc, all under human power.

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It has become one of the highlights of the year for me. The Virgin Strive Challenge is an epic mass participation endurance event that pushes us like no other. Before the previous challenge, I had a close shave when I fell off my bike and almost fell down a cliff in the British Virgin Islands.

Thankfully I recovered in time and was able to complete the Virgin Strive Challenge, which turned into one of the adventures of a lifetime.


What makes it particularly special to me is how I get to take on the challenge with my family by my side. I love seeing Holly and Sam pushing themselves to the limit – I just hope I can keep up! With that in mind, I’ve been back in the saddle in the BVI. And yes, we’ve been training on the same Hog’s Heaven route I crashed on.

At the moment the body is behaving well. When we ride up Hog’s Heaven, I’m usually zig-zagging all over the place, but at the moment I am able to go roaring straight up the hill. There will be plenty more hills to take on during the Virgin Strive Challenge, and I can’t wait to get started.

Most importantly, all of the money raised goes to Big Change to support their amazing portfolio of projects working with young people to thrive in life, not just exams.Head over to the Virgin Strive Challenge website to find out more.


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