Why I'm taking part in the Bath to Bournemouth Bike ride
record cyclist Ben Rockett talks about his cycling world
record and why he's taking part in the Bath to Bournemouth bike
Wednesday September 12, 2012
In August 2010, I completed the gruelling challenge
of cycling from Land’s End to John O’ Groats and
back again. It took a grand total of five days, 21 hours and eight
minutes, which I was delighted to hear was 23 hours quicker than
Bob Brown, who had held the record for nine years. All the pain and
hardship I went through was suddenly worth it when I
crossed the finish line!
Before that challenge, I had only completed the end-to-end in
one direction, which took me 12 days and I hadn’t had much
cycling experience at all. So, as crazy as it may seem,
when I heard that someone had tried to beat Bob’s record and
failed, I wanted to see if I could do it.
I can guarantee the sense of achievement you will have when you cross the finish line
After cycling from
coast-to-coast across North America my love of cycling was born and
very quickly, riding a bike became one of the biggest parts of my
life. I’d encourage anyone to try
as it is both a great sport and wonderful
and you get a fantastic sense of achievement
after doing a personal challenge.
I am always looking for a new challenge and as
Bath is the city I grew up in and love, I am planning on taking on
the British Heart Foundation’s Bath to
Bournemouth Bike Ride on September 30, 2012.
The event is 80 miles, which is a challenging, but
manageable distance for people to have a go at.
There's no denying there will be some tough parts but I can
guarantee the sense of achievement you will have when you cross the
finish line will by far surpass any reservations you may have about
Also, let’s not forget that heart disease is still the nation’s
biggest killer – another reason I’m keen to raise awareness of this
great charity. The route from Bath to Bournemouth is really
picturesque and I want to urge everyone to sign up and
give it a go. It’s not too late and we can help beat heart disease together!
Sign-up to take
part in the Bath to Bournemouth bike ride this year