Cycling mad, Mike Harrington, has participated in numerous cycling events, including the Isle of Wight 100Km Randonnee, Gridiron 100Km New Forest and London to Brighton to name but a few. Not to mention the 14 occasions he has completed the Hayling to Paris bike ride!
So when Mike heard that St Wilfrid’s was running its Dream Wheelers event, he couldn’t sign up quick enough.
Mike has never been one to shy away from a challenge and has even been known to up the stakes, where possible, by choosing a less conventional approach to the type of two wheels he uses. Mike is often seen on his tandem with wife, Janet, as they embark upon another training session. If that wasn’t enough, Mike has pushed himself further still, varying his training with a ride around the local area on his Penny Farthing, yes, Penny Farthing!
This is not the first Mike's supported the Dreambuilding. In 2015 he and his friend, John Gridley, decided to take a break from the 'Hayling to Paris' cycle challenge and instead took up the challenge of ‘Chief Luggage Humpers’.
They supported 250 cyclists with the transportation of their entire luggage for the duration of the trip and raised around £2,500 for our new Hospice.
I have been cycling for 35 years, it’s a great way to keep fit and I particularly enjoy cycling through France with all its historic landmarks and beautiful scenic roads. While I do cycle regularly, 50 miles per day is challenging enough, while still being achievable for most people with a reasonable level of fitness and a bit of training under their belts. It’s also not so long that you don’t have time to enjoy a few stops along the way and time to wind down and get to know your fellow cyclists.
Mike is looking forward to his next challenge and will be one of up to 30 participants taking on the 101 mile route through Normandy, France. There are still a few places left on the Dream Wheelers bike ride, so if you fancy joining Mike and the DREAMBUILDING gang on this fun challenge, check out further details here. Registration closes on Sunday 16th April.
I am sure you will join us in wishing Mike the very best of luck!