#5000colo Day 2: The 12th Man Social Ride

Distance travelled: 28.2 miles
Cumulative distance: 60.6 miles
Distance remaining: 4939.4 miles
Percentage complete: 1.21
Villages visited: Trowse, Kirby Bedon, Bramerton, Claxton, Ashby St Mary, Thurton, Bergh Apton, Alpington, Poringland, Framingham Earl, Caistor St Edmund.

This morning I went on a group ride with The 12th Man, one of the organisations for which I’m fundraising. Their mission is to encourage men to speak more openly about their mental health.

They offer free Mental Health First Aid training to organisations such as barbers, tattoo shops, pubs, menswear stores, taxis and van-based trades, and I’m hoping to do one of their courses in the very near future. You can find out more about what they do here.

My ride was a bit slower today, and I had a couple of points where I really ‘hit the wall’. I’m a little bit ‘saddle sore’, too, but hopefully that will stay at a manageable level so I don’t need too much time off. I managed to power through in the end, though, and then stopped for a coffee and a chat at Tim’s house. Tim is one of the ride organisers, and he also runs Bicycle Links on King Street.

Tim’s a real gent, and he’s arranged for Bicycle Links to sponsor my ride by offering me free advice and maintenance, plus cut-price gear and parts. Bicycle Links also does a lot of brilliant ‘social enterprise’ stuff. They donate restored bikes to asylum seekers and refugees, and offer free bicycle hire to people looking to start cycling. You can find out more about the brilliant work they do here.

Remember, if you want to ride with me, meet up with me, talk to me about sponsorship or have any kind of interaction at all, just drop a comment below or email me at colofivethousand@gmail.com.

Tomorrow I’m off in the direction of Wymondham, but I’m already looking ahead to next week. Any ideas where I should head, folks?

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