Hello, I am Steven. In 2010 an acquaintance discovered that my wife and I owned a tandem bicycle. We had not used it for many years, but it piqued their interest. I was subsequently asked to do a charity cycle ride with my wife. It took us from Blackpool Tower to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent, a total distance of approximately 100 miles.
At the time I was overweight, drinking too much, and the only exercise I did was playing darts. My weight was 15st 8lb (218 pounds). Having endured 8 weeks of training, and successfully completing the cycle ride, I got hooked on cycling. What followed was a new exercise program, I purchased my first road bike (a Krona Zing Deluxe), and I got together with a group of cyclists who would eventually form Cheadle Cycle Club.
In May 2011, along with a group of 13 other cyclists plus back-up team, we cycled from the Eiffel Tower in France to the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in Stoke-on-Trent, a total of 350 miles. It took us just 4 days. That same year I took part in 5 cycling sportives, including the infamous Cheshire Cat.
In September 2012 I cycled the UK coast to coast, taking one of the toughest cycling routes over the Lake District, on touring cycles with panniers. This time we had no back-up team. It was the 3 amigos: Nick, Tom and I.
Now, in 2013, we are preparing for our longest ride to date. It will take us from Lands’ End to John O’Groats, on touring bikes with no back-up team, a total distance of over 1000 miles. It begins on May 13th and ends May 26th. Unfortunately, during a regular training session in January 2013, I was involved in a road traffic accident. My injuries were severe and my recovery is ongoing. This is my story….