My Strive Challenge 2018
My Strive Challenge 2018: the road to Tignes
5th December 2018
By Ricky Knight / Managing Director
Actually, it should be the long and winding, and very hilly, road to Tignes. There were lots of (big!) hills and long and winding roads.
But I did it! I cycled every last inch, from the streets of Monaco to the finish line in Tignes, high in the French Alps. And it was an incredible, humbling experience, with just the one, smallish mishap!
I did the Strive Challenge to raise money for Big Change, which is an amazing British charity that finds, funds and supports new ideas and projects capable of driving positive system change for young people. All those lyrca-clad early mornings and weekend hours spent training on the hills of West Sussex were worth it because we raised an incredible £1,005,483, beating our target.
The ride was epic: five days, 600km through the Southern Alps, taking on and conquering iconic Tour de France climbs (including Cime de la Bonnette, Col D’Izoard, Col du Vars and, possibly the most famous of all, Col du Galibier) with a group of truly inspiring people.
Every day, as we gave all we had to complete the stages and keep to the gruelling schedule, we got to know each other more and more. Usually when you meet people when out cycling, you swap a few pleasantries, but, on this ride, it was different.
Because everyone was passionate about what they were doing, because of the cause, the conversations were more heartfelt, more real. We talked about our pasts and futures, the charity we were riding for and what it all meant on a grander scale. We all grew extremely close, supporting one another and completing each today together. There was an amazing sense of camaraderie as we took on those hills.
And I couldn’t have taken on all those hills and all those climbs without the people who sponsored me. Their support was a huge inspiration and I feel blessed that so many people pledged so much and took the time to write words of encouragement. To those of you who put your money where my mouth is: thank you. Your hard-earned cash will make a huge difference to the lives of so many young people.
I hope my videos and photos give you an idea of what it felt like to be involved in the Strive Challenge 2018.
And if you’d like to find out for yourself, get in touch and we can have a chat about Strive Challenge 2019!