Help me support kids in need
I started cycling in 2012 after a weekend riding trails with friends. I’ve been riding with that same group since and will join them in this year’s Chain Reaction ride.
To me cycling is friends, exercising outdoors, personal challenges and seeing the world at a different pace. There’s a bit of gear talk too which is always fun, though the subtlety of a 90 mm or 100 mm stem is lost to me. Cycling is a sport shared by many - where do you ride, what bike do you have – easy conversation starters.
In my day job, I am a rock mechanics engineer and director of the geotechnical consultancy PSM, working in mining and tunnelling. I get a huge kick showing my family the latest tunnel I worked on.
Which brings me to why I’m involved with the 2021 Chain Reaction Challenge: friends, a personal challenge (monumental for me, really), travelling through the country at a human scale, and most importantly giving to the community.
My friend Richard Lewis was the instigator having participated on previous rides. Richard speaks so highly of the Chain Reaction team, that I was keen to be part of it. My friend Andrew Bloxham is a director of the charity I am helping to raise funds for – So They Can. Andrew is passionate about its work: “quality education to children living in poverty” to break the poverty cycle. Being the beneficiary of education, So They Can’s goal is particularly meaningful to me. My friend, Sean Mura is the CEO of So They Can. Sean is a business leader par excellence and immensely knowledgeable. A solutions guy. You see I had no choice really but to sign up. And lastly my friend, Vic McClelland, who is part machine and is truly inspirational. Vic will get us all to the finish. Make sure you check out their profiles too.