It was Day 3 and I guess I should have been taking in the beautiful Thai scenery around me. Instead my head was down and I was watching each foot in action as I pedalled slowly and deliberately one turn at a time.
I’ve now ridden 1000km across Thailand.
One seemingly endless hill was followed by another and temperatures soared to 52 degrees on the road. With 3 other riders close behind stopping was not an option- so my strategy was to stare at the road just ahead – only looking up now and then to gauge my progress- something I’d learned when running. Of the 1000 km I have ridden in Thailand – this was my toughest day yet – 130 km of hills, heat, headwinds, and humidity. Somehow we all made it through and felt a communal sense of accomplishment and learning about how action can create change.
This time I was fortunate to be joined on the ride by Pascale Toussat. As part of Team Tell, she helped me reach a total of $25’000 for the 2 rides. Collectively over the past 2 rides participants raised over $620’000 which is an amazing feat.
True to human nature, I’ve forgotten all the pain and am eager to do it all again next year – it’s amazing what a bit of butt cream can do!
But there’s so much more to this story.
There’s the experience of knowing that what you are doing is changing the lives of children and providing opportunities where none existed. Taking action and doing the ride lead to an amazing transformation in myself and my family. I never thought that by giving we’d receive so much back in return. See more about how taking action changed the path of my life in so many positive ways by watching my video > Cycle of Life
My husband of 25 years was fighting with the demon of depression. By embracing the challenge of the ride and rekindling his passion for cycling, he was able to find a way out and rediscover himself. Learn more about Oliver’s evolution in his talk > Evolution on 2 Wheels
Oliver and I will be doing the ride again in March 2017 – this time we hope to have 75 riders and I invite you to join us. If you’re up to the challenge and like to find out more email me at > firstname.lastname@example.org
Pascale Toussat – this year’s Team Tell rider put it this experience proved to be challenging and rewarding in many ways:
Each rider has to raise $5000 in donations as well as paying their own airfare. Some creative thinking is required to raise the target amount so we held a silent auction, organized raffles and received over 30 sponsorship’s and many donations from friends and companies. I was amazed by all the giving and support we received. Thank you to all our Generous Supporters.
Riding an average of 100km a day requires a good level of fitness and some good peddling. The heat was also something that was difficult to prepare for but our support crew made sure we stopped every 25-30km to hydrate and fill up on energy foods . . . . and every single rider with varied fitness levels made it arriving at our destination at the end of each day to shower, tank up and rest our weary heads for the night.
Whilst I sustained no injuries and managed to keep riding everyday feeling amazingly strong, I was very emotional on the last day. We only had a short ride (60km) and stopped a temple where following the Tsunami, 3.500 unidentified bodies were taken. We all felt the emotion and tears were running down my cheeks until we arrived at the orphanage (knowing that some of these kids entire families had been taken away from them). We were welcomed by over 100 children who treated us like heroes . . .
. . . . but in truth each of them, for what they have suffered are the true heroes.
Essentially any business should always have a focus on adding value. That’s what this ride was about – 50 Business Blueprint Riders, business owners from all over Australia and New Zealand, sharing an experience, making a difference and working as one. See what What Biking has Taught me About Business.
If you’d like to participate in the March 2017 Ride or Sponsor ‘Team Tell’ for 2017 please drop me a line at > email@example.com . . . or if you’d like to make a donation please click the link below.